The Mayberry farming operation in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., consists of nearly 1,200 acres of soybean and corn row crops, along with more than 200 beef cattle and hay. Eric, Ethan and Eddy Mayberry exemplify farming through their dedication, passion and three generations of family farming tradition. The Mayberry’s are avid supporters and educators of agriculture through active participation with the Farm Service Agency County Committees, Farm Bureau Board, and 4-H.
When asked what farming means to them, Eric said, “As a life-long farm family, we choose to remain in agriculture for many reasons. The most important lessons learned in life parallel a day on the farm. Whether it’s witnessing the miraculous birth of a newborn and its determination to survive, or planting seeds in an empty field with unyielding faith that conditions will be provided for a bountiful harvest, a spiritual closeness to the land and nature is undeniable. Sharing our way of life with others and helping them understand how the rewards of agriculture far exceeds a paycheck, is a true blessing. We not only feed our family, but we help feed the nation and cannot imagine doing anything else.”
In recognition of the thousands of U.S. farmers and ranchers that keep America fed and clothed, the Farm Service Agency requested that county offices across the nation send in pictures and stories that embody the faces of American agriculture. This week, as we celebrate National Farm Safety and Health Week, we launch the first in a series of stories and photographs that highlight the tireless efforts, long hours and determination of the ones who provide millions of American people with food, fiber and fuel.