Feature: Virginia Farm Family Proud of Heritage
April 24, 2012
Farmers and Ranchers are proud of the heritage and legacy they have. Generations after generations of farmers share their knowledge and pass down a hard work ethic and love for the land and livestock.
Keith and Angela Dunn, their daughter Madison, along with Keith's father H.M. (Mac) Dunn operate Oak Hill Farms near Yale, Va. The Dunn family can trace their farming heritage back to the late 1600's and is a Virginia Century Farm.
That means the farm has been continually owned and operated by the same family for at least the last 100 years. Keith is a seventh generation farmer, and proudly comments about their farm.
"I have seen so many changes in agriculture in the last 25 years," said Keith. "All of our farming equipment is GPS controlled. It makes my job so much easier and efficient. I wish my grandfather could see us now spraying a field with a 100 foot swath at 15 mph. He loved big equipment and this is a little bigger than his 8N Ford!"
The Dunn farm has a small beef cattle herd, and they raise peanuts, cotton, soybeans, corn, and small grains. When Keith graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) the family was farming around 300 acres but has increased their acreage to 1800.
Keith is a member of Virginia Farm Bureau and currently serves as one of Virginia's two delegates to the United Soybean Board.
"I am very excited that the Furniture Row Racing has brought us Farm American," stated Keith. ‘It is very hard these days to get a positive message out about modern agriculture. Farm American reaches so many people that would otherwise never hear our message. NASCAR is a wonderful place to reach thousands of people, and Farm American is the perfect vehicle to deliver our message. I am proud to be an American farmer and for the privilege of providing food, fiber, and fuel to our country and the world."