"I hope people don't have all preconceived notions about how or who farmers are, especially when from a particular area. A lot of us are pretty enlightened!"
HOMETOWN: Bastrop, LA
FARM TYPE / CROPS: Corn, soybeans, wheat
FARM LOCATION: Jones, LA
- Music:Â Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wiz Khalifa, trance music & Skrillex.
- Food:Â Crawfish and any type of spaghetti or pasta.
- Drinks:Â Have a breakfast shake âÂ kale. Love Dr. Pepper. Very rarely drink alcohol but when I do, Crown Royal.
- Blue Jeans:Â Express.
- Thing to do AFTER work:Â Workout, mountain bike, watch movies or a documentary ("Collapse" and "DMT: The Spirit Molecule" most recently).
- Movie Stars:Â Joe Rogan (comedian), Mike Epps (comedian), Jim Carrey.
- Tractor:Â My first tractor is my favorite, which was made by New Holland.
- Mantra:Â âIf you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that weâre talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.âÂ â Joe Rogan
What do you think a big MISCONCEPTION is about farming?
People donât understand where you typically have to start from. You have to work with what has been given to you, from the ground up, and you donât start with the best equipment and land, you have to make do with what you have.
The History Channel ran a show of families being farmers and it made me angry because it was BS. They showed prestigious farms, not what they areÂ reallyÂ like. They didnât show the people with the older equipment that breaks down, with people replacing barrons and oiling it, and with things falling apart at all times. They show the people who are very wealthy and can afford the big things. ItâsÂ so easyÂ if you have all the expensive equipment.
But people donât realize that itâs a constant battle working with what you have, because things are falling apart all the time. You have to start from the ground up, but my goal is to get there âÂ be one of the guys with the nice tractors and everything. A tractor like that costs up to $200,000, itâs a lot.
What's your relationship status?
I'm in a relationship âÂ one year and half.
Do you have children?
What is your attitude about money?
A little ridiculous. Weâre the only species that pays to live on this planet and we made it that way ourselves. If I could see money any other way, I guess the worldly view is security. Money is comfort, and security. Thatâs all people really want.
Where is the farthest you have traveled to? Where would you like to go?
I've been to Washington DC, sight seeing. I would like to go to Brazil, on a spiritual journey, and Europe. Iâd love to see everything â the Louvre especially.
If you could meet a few famous people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Joe Rogan, number one. I can see how he shapes the way people think. Heâs changed some of my friendsâ perspectives, because of his guests and itâs so great to hear these different experiences. Our experiences shape us to the core âÂ the more experiences you view or hear the more enlightened you become.
Gandhi, Buddha, I would have liked to have met them. And Steve Jobs, he had such ambition, drive. I look to him because he didnât achieve just one accomplishment, but what he achieved rippled across the entire world. I hope that what I do when Iâm alive is still affecting people when Iâm dead and gone. What he did is still contributing to the well-being in this world, and thatâs something Iâd like to do.
TELL US ABOUT A DAY ON THE FARM: When does your day start and end?
Starts at 6:00 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
What makes you HAPPY in a day on the farm?
A cool breeze.
What makes you FRUSTRATED?
When things keep breaking down, and I have to fix it. I try to instill positive mental attitude and positive thinking. Negative thoughts have a big impact on your reality. When you start off the day with a PMA (âpositive mental attitudeâ), I find that sprinkles into the rest of the day. When you start with negative thoughts, it shapes your reality. If you think positive, though, things really stay positive. Harbor negativity and it sticks its fingers out into the rest of your life.
What's the BEST part of a day?
Sunset, itâs beautiful and you get to see how good it looks. How good everything looks that you did that day. Kind of a pay-off. You get to see whatever youâre doing â whether water running across the levee, running through the fields, the sun gets to show you everything you worked for that day.
What's the WORST part of a day?
After lunch âÂ youâre full, youâre tired, you donât want to do what you put off before your lunch break!
Do you wear sunscreen?
Are you happy with what you farm?
I wouldnât change the crops that I farm. But if I were running the show, it would be a lot different.
What was the HARDEST part getting started?
The hours, it takes a lot away from your life. Sometimes the time spent isnât necessarily worth the reward. But itâs worth it because of the family. If I didn't have family though, I wouldnât do it, the money isnât really worth it. But where else would I see my brother and my father every day? I donât just farm for a paycheck, but I do this because of the value in seeing my family, too. I can make a living while seeing my family.
What SURPRISED you about farming?
Just how it all works, how everything comes together. To see the crop from being grown to harvested to being the food that is now being hauled off in an 18-wheeler. I had no idea what or how in Godâs name a combine could do all of that... how it can take an ear of corn and then process a whole crop! I love how the tractors and processes work âÂ and all the innovation and ingenuity that has gone into it.
What do you LOVE about it?
One thing that I have loved about farming is that itâsÂ pure âÂ
you do get what you put into it.
What lessons have you learned on the farm?
Positive mental attitude. Nine times out of ten, all the work you put in the day before isnât going to be the same the next day. The work you put in before is a constant evolutionâ you canât just find it the way you left it the day before. Like a line of polypipe was rolled out and then it was busted the next day because of a raccoon, or you find a busted pipe, or a power unit caught some air and stopped running and so the water well goes out. Point being we had 6 go out last year!
Do you have any advice for fellow farmers?
Be prepared for the worst case scenario in the weather.
Anything to say to those who arenât farmers?
I hope people donât have all preconceived notions about how or who farmers are, especially when from a particular area. I like to think a lot of us are pretty enlightened and not the âstereotypicalâ farmer. Farming is a true entrepreneurship. We have more factors contributing to the outcome than any other situation âÂ weather, commodity prices, the risks that are actually involved.
Where do you think you'll be in 5 or 10 years?
I think Iâll be in California or Arizona with the best soil and the most open-minded environment.