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The Eldridge Family: A Tennessee Family Living the Ag Life and Loving It

Pictured is (back l to r) Tony Eldridge, Winston Lewis, Ron Eldridge; (middle l to r) Hoover Eldridge, Denese Eldridge, Courtney Lewis and Kaelin Wilkins.

Pictured is (back l to r) Tony Eldridge, Winston Lewis, Ron Eldridge; (middle l to r) Hoover Eldridge, Denese Eldridge, Courtney Lewis and Kaelin Wilkins.

Farming for the Eldridge family began in the late 1800’s when Hoover Eldridge’s grandfather settled in the eastern portion of Stewart County, Tenn. Through the years the farming operation has consisted of producing crops such as corn, soybeans and tobacco, as well as a variety of livestock such as goats, chickens, pigs and beef cattle.

The Eldridge family has witnessed and experienced first-hand the changes and challenges in American agriculture, but readily stand fast and firmly on their beliefs that even though the methods in which they produce and market their commodities has changed, their core values remain the same. Through their agricultural upbringing they were taught by both parents the values of a good work ethic, love of family, manners, respect for others, discipline, basic life skills and a strong prayer life. As it grew, the family farming operation afforded them the opportunity to give back to the community by employing area residents and providing careers in agriculture for many family members.

The Eldridge family truly believes that one must love agriculture in order to live it. For information about how the Farm Service Agency can help you achieve your dreams click here.

In recognition of the hundreds 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. As we celebrate our farmers and rancher, we continue to bring stories and photographs that highlight the tireless efforts, long hours and determination of the one’s who provide millions of American people with food, fiber and fuel.

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