Robert E. Saunders | Virginia Farmer of the Year 2022

Robert E. Saunders | Virginia Farmer of the Year 2022

In a reflective mood Robert Saunders, of Saunders Brothers, Inc. in Piney River, Virginia, quoted Mark Twain’s famous advice, “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”  Growing up on a family farm as one of seven brothers was...
Robert E. Saunders | Virginia Farmer of the Year 2022

John M. Harrison | Tennessee Farmer of the Year 2022

Philadelphia, Tennessee, the home of Sweetwater Valley Farm, was settled as part of a Revolutionary War land grant in the early 1800s. At the turn of the twentieth century, it became a dairy farm, with the original barn built in 1917. Seventy years later, John and...
Robert E. Saunders | Virginia Farmer of the Year 2022

Keith Allen | South Carolina Farmer of the Year 2022

Betty Allen Farms in Latta, South Carolina, has been in Keith Allen’s family for nearly 200 proverbial lean and fat years. Growing from a modest holding in 1837 to 3800 acres today, the farm has experienced everything from near loss at auction in 1917 to two recent...
Robert E. Saunders | Virginia Farmer of the Year 2022

Kevin Matthews | North Carolina Farmer of the Year 2022

Kevin and Cindy Matthews own and operate Matthews Family Farms of North Carolina, Inc., Precision Nutrient Management, Inc., and Deep Creek Grain, Inc. in East Bend and Yadkinville, North Carolina. Matthews is the fourth generation on his family’s farm. He said, “With...
Robert E. Saunders | Virginia Farmer of the Year 2022

Wesley C. Parker | Kentucky Farmer of the Year 2022

Wesley Parker was raised on a 150–acre dairy farm in Christian County, Kentucky, where his family grew silage and hay for their cows and a small crop of tobacco. In the late 1970s, they transitioned out of the milk business into raising hogs. Parker recalled, “My dad,...