Meet Michael Lee

 Monday, March 25, 2024

Flying C Ranch is a vertically integrated commercial cattle operation, raising cattle to finishing weight selling directly to consumers. They also have a small pecan orchard. Michael, his mother, and his wife operate the farm and a farm store which was opened in 2022 to sell their products in addition to selling them at farmers markets.

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Meet Kelley Sheiss

 Wednesday, February 21, 2024

“Cattle producers are unique and are my favorite types of people because they have grit, but they will always tip their hat to you and work together,” said Kelley Sheiss who is a first-generation cattle producer farming with her husband, Donnie, in Indiana.

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Meet Rachel Gray

 Thursday, November 9, 2023

A passion for lifelong learning. That’s what motivates Rachel Gray of Little Timber Farms in Blackduck, Minnesota, to improve and perfect her bred heifer development program. Changing careers from 6th grade schoolteacher to full-time cattle producer and farmer, Rachel still carries with her a love for teaching others and educating herself.

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Meet Jared Knock

 Thursday, August 31, 2023

It takes one to know one, and Jared Knock knows a diverse, sustainable farm when he sees one. That’s because Jared has more than 25 years of experience as part-owner of a livestock and crop farm in South Dakota where he and his wife Kati, his parents, and neighbor raise commercial cattle, crops and forages.

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Meet Ford Drummond

 Monday, June 5, 2023

Located in the southern end of the Flint Hills in Osage County, Oklahoma, the Drummond Ranch has been a family-owned, cow-calf operation since the early 1900s, when Ford Drummond’s grandfather began their cattle business. Ford returned to the family ranch 25 years ago after a career in health care policy and law... 

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Meet Brady Zuck

 Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Wisconsin may be the land of dairy cattle and cheese heads, but for cattleman Brady Zuck it’s the home his family has raised cattle on since the early 1900s. Although Brady’s family might’ve started with dairy cows, they are now a family-run commercial cow-calf operation...

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Meet Brandon Dubois

 Thursday, December 8, 2022

Many cattle producers know the challenge of balancing an off-the-farm job with maintaining a cow herd. Throw a husband/wife and kids into the mix and things get chaotic quickly. However, most people would tell you it is well worth the sacrifice of time. Brandon DuBois knows this hectic lifestyle all too well. Living with his wife, Hannah, and three kids — Adisyn (12), Avery (10) and Porter (4) — in Winnifield, Louisiana, they raise purebred Brahman cattle...

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Meet Bill Slovek

 Friday, November 4, 2022

For more than a decade, Bill Slovek has been an active leader within the beef industry, and he believes, “if you’re not learning, you’re getting left behind.” Bill is a rancher based in Phillip, South Dakota, where he runs a cow-calf herd with his wife Pennie, sons Brock and Bo, and daughter Belinda, who all have their own cattle and help on the ranch...

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Meet Sarah Liljefelt

 Friday, August 5, 2022

It takes a skilled, diverse team for cattle producers to continue raising beef to feed their families and communities. Part of that diverse team includes lawyers who can help cattle farmers and ranchers navigate the challenges of legal documents and proceedings...

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Meet Ron Wilson

 Friday, July 8, 2022

From the family farm in Manhattan, Kansas, to Washington, D.C., and back, Ron Wilson knows a thing or two about ranching, agriculture policy, and even cowboy poetry...

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Meet Kevin Gould

 Monday, May 29, 2022

Oftentimes the cornerstone of a successful business is strong relationships. For Michigan cattle producer and NCBA member Kevin Gould, that statement rings true. Gould has been involved in the agriculture industry throughout his life...

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Meet Glynn and Ruth Gibson

 Friday, April 15, 2022

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), out of the 2.1 million farms in the U.S., 99% are family owned...

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Meet Kirk and Amy Cecil

 Friday, March 4, 2022

For Kirk and Amy Cecil, farming is a dream they have chased for years, a passion that binds their family together, and a way of life...

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Meet Alex and Liz Johns

 Friday, December 3, 2021

Often times, when you ask a cattle producer about their career, they will expound upon the history of their land, their cattle and their family...

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Meet Bradfield and Kathleen Evans

 Friday, October 8, 2021

As part of a third-generation operation, Bradfield and Kathleen Evans take pride in making their living alongside their family. They credit the success of the operation to the unique skills each person brings...

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