Volume 26 Issue 2
A Message from the President, Tom Truitt:
Innovation is nothing new in agriculture. Ever since the first seeds were planted centuries ago, farmers have been adopting new practices to help them combat the challenges they face and make their operations more efficient. Think about where our industry would be today if someone didn’t invent the irrigation system, tractor, temperature controlled poultry houses, or precision ag technology. And the exciting part is that we’re just getting started.
The future of agriculture relies heavily on technology, and many of our members are putting new, modern machinery to use, often alongside some of their tried and true practices, creating a blend of old school and new school. This combination not only helps their operation take a step into the future, but helps our industry lead the way in sustainability.
These member stories illustrate the importance of technology in our field (pun intended), but the lack of access to reliable internet throughout our rural communities has become very evident, especially as we all tackled the virtual world COVID-19 forced upon us. Check out pages 22 and 23 for a special feature on this subject, written by Todd Van Hoose, President of the Farm Credit Council.
We also announce the 16 recipients of the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement’s 2021 scholarship program. Flip to pages 26 and 27 to meet the students creating the future of our industry. Maybe one of them will design the next agricultural innovation.
-Tom Truitt, President and CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Check out the issue to read the full stories!
The Hepler Family of Pitman, Pennsylvania
Through the addition of technology, the Hepler family of Pitman, Pennsylvania, improved a dairy operation that has been a part of their family for generations.
Black Ankle Vineyards of Mount Airy, Maryland
While owners Ed Boyce and Sarah O'Herron created a picture of serenity at Black Ankle Vineyards in Mount Airy, Maryland, conservation and sustainability are at its core.
The Moore Family of Eden, Maryland
Eddie Moore and his father, Fred Moore, Jr., use GPS on mowers and other technologies to improve efficiency, reduce waste and conserve resources at Collins Wharf Sod in Eden, Maryland.
The Light Family of Clearbrook, Virginia
Multi-generational farmers Matt Light and father, John Light, from Clearbrook, Virginia bring technology and experience together to push their farm operation to a whole new level.