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Keeping the “Family Farm” Alive
We are proud to partner with family farms like Fox Family Holdings LLC that help ensure our chickens are fed the best grain possible. Fox grows corn in three south central counties in Kentucky and has been a corn supplier to Tyson Foods since late 2014. The farm sells more than 90 percent of its corn to us, at an average of 80,000 bushels of corn annually.
Jonathan Fox is the sixth generation of his family to work the land in Kentucky. His mother, sister and nephews all lend a hand on the farm as needed, making this a true family farm. He makes sure to expose his young nephews to life on the farm as much as possible. “I farm with them in mind,” he says. This is what being a sustainable farmer means to him – leaving the land better than he found it so that future generations can have the same opportunity afforded to him by his father to farm the land.
In the late 2000s, south central Kentucky went from a corn deficit to a corn surplus region, forcing Fox to sell and haul most of its grain to facilities several hours away in surrounding states. Today, the farm delivers its corn locally to our feed mill in Albany, Kentucky.
“When Tyson opened its feed mill in Albany, it opened up the local market for us again. Now, I can spend more time on the farm with my family instead of long hours in the truck hauling grain out of state,” says Jonathan. In addition, “the Tyson Local Grain Services App has completely transformed how I market and keep records of my corn sales. Everything can be handled from a smart phone in a matter of seconds. And the ability to market a year in advance gives me a competitive edge regarding grain pricing that other producers may not have. The entire process of selling my crop was improved and simplified with the Tyson App. We really appreciate what Tyson has done for south central Kentucky.”
Jonathan ran the farm with his father for many years, splitting duties 50/50. When his father passed away suddenly, he found himself faced with the pressure of taking over full responsibility of the farm and decided to maximize efficiency. By updating old harvest equipment, replacing existing planters with larger ones, experimenting with new corn hybrids, and developing other systems, he secured the farm’s survival.
Today, Fox family farm is a pioneer in sustainable farming practices in the region, including participating in a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service cover crop program to sustain soil in the winter and prevent runoff; always operating as a “no till” farm, or direct seeding without plowing; maintaining soil test plots to ensure optimal soil health; conducting water testing to ensure no leaching into local waterways; as well as implementing USDA Farm Service Agency buffer strips and pollinator habitats to control air, soil and water quality.
Tyson Local Grain Services
As fifth-generation pork producers, Reicks View Farms has learned what happens when everything is connected. The business is vertically integrated: the family farms 12,000 acres of corn, operates a feed mill and manages 50,000 sows farrow to finish. The Reicks also transport their own products to and from customer sites.
In between, the Reicks manage their pigs’ entire growth cycle, from breeding to gestation and farrowing, or birth. Piglets remain with their mothers for several weeks, then are transferred to a nursery where they are weaned from milk to a solid-food diet. They are then transported to a finishing farm where they grow to desired weight.
“Over the years, we’ve learned to make better use of our resources,” says Brady Reicks. “Before the 1970s my Dad would say that we didn't fully appreciate the value of manure. Now we know it’s a great natural fertilizer. The manure our pigs produce is just enough to fertilize our feed corn, which in turn provides food for our pigs. Applying it to our fields with current injection technology helps ensure that the nutrients are utilized efficiently, and it reduces our fertilizer cost."
“We’ve got our own little ecosystem here, and it works.”