Feature: Texas Farm Family Embodies Toughness of American Farmer, Rancher
April 5, 2012
Mother nature can be both punishing and kind to the American farmer and rancher when it comes to crop production. And unfortunately She wasn't kind last summer in Texas.
Coming off one of the hottest and driest summers recorded the Charles Ray Huddleston Texas farm family knows all too well the toll it took not only on their crops but also on them personally.
But the resilient Huddleston family didn't hang their heads and mope during the oppressive Texas heat and drought. They did what American farmers and ranchers have been doing for centuries in adverse times – they stood tall, fought through the problems, stayed positive and persevered with creativity and strength.
Yes, the American farmer and rancher possess similar strengths of our men and women in uniform, who never say quit and will always find a way to complete the mission.
The fourth generation Huddleston farm family, who reside near Celina, Texas in the Blackland Prairie region has indeed stayed positive during the adversity, and even tried new production methods.
Last summer to diversify the crops on the farm, Charles Ray added sunflowers to their wheat and grain sorghum. The flowers received a lot of attention when they began to bloom. A 160-acre field near a well-traveled road provided a bright yellow photo-op for many families in the community.
The Huddlestons are hard working Texans who follow NASCAR, but not for the same reason that most do. Charles Ray says it's never a good time to deliver wheat during race weekends due to all the traffic.
"It is humbling and we certainly appreciate that Furniture Row Racing has taken on the task of telling the agriculture story through the Farm American project," said the senior Huddleston. "With the national following of NASCAR, the project has the opportunity to educate race fans about agriculture. With the initiative Furniture Row Racing has taken, hopefully it will motivate farmers and ranchers to tell their story more often, which will help in the making the connection with the public."