Upon retirement, Bob and Ginger Sykes had their hearts set on buying land and building a home outside of Washington, DC. After hitting some obstacles with the construction process, they decided to meander further south where they found a beautiful 60-acre farm that straddles the Granville and Franklin County lines.
Raleigh, NC — AgCarolina Farm Credit announces the distribution of their 2020 patronage distribution to members in February.
[Raleigh, NC] – The deadline to submit applications for AgCarolina Farm Credit’s North Carolina State, North Carolina State Ag Institute, North Carolina A&T, University of Mount Olive, At-Large, 4-H, FFA, and community college scholarships is
My father walked away from a job in 1957 the moment he was informed he did not get the promotion he’d been promised. He bought a brand new Ford 860 tractor and a corn picker to pull behind it on his way home that day. My surprised grandfather stood shocked beside my dad as they stared up at the shiny new machines on the bed of a delivery truck.
My father said, “Some people don’t care about old things like this.” I care about the tractor and the farmer standing behind me in this picture more than he will ever know.
“In the northwest corner of Lenoir County there’s a little place named La Grange, but the locals commonly refer to it as “LA”. Roots Run Deep in the rural farming community of La Grange, and they don’t get much deeper than the roots of the family behind T&G Farms. I’m lucky enough to know this personally - I’m Taylor Ginn, and I’ve been a loan officer in the LaGrange AgCarolina Farm Credit branch for almost a decade…but my roots in agriculture didn’t start there.
The Breakfast Club to most people is a movie that came out in the 80s... not to me. My favorite Breakfast Club was our neighborhood’s retired farmers gathering at the peanut buying station every morning to eat their nabs and canned drinks (nabs, for any of you who aren’t educated on the finer points of in the field eating are more widely known as “square nabs,” “orange crackers,” or the official name, “Toast-Chee.”)
I’ve never taken a class on it, never written a research paper on it, never studied it in a book, but I knew I’d mastered an art when I overheard my father say, “Callie can run a cuttin’ board better than anybody else I’ve ever moved hogs with.” There are some things about farming you don’t learn at school. Some things you learn from your roots.
I’d like you to meet an old friend of mine. This Ferguson TO-20 is the first tractor my father bought in 1962. A few other things happened that year; dad and mom were married, dad left a promising career as a NC State Trooper to begin a new career in banking, and he officially began taking the reins of the family business – farming.