Overcoming the challenges of farming in 2020
From weather to the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers are still putting in the work to make sure we all have enough food on our tables. The Arkansas Farm Bureau introduces us to a farmer who explains the challenge they have had and how they have overcome them.
John Michael Bearden is the owner of Fowler-Bearden Farms, a cow-calf operation. According to Bearden the challenges of 2020 have been a handful.
The weather this year has helped with the growing season but has stalled them from getting into the field. As far as COVID-19 goes, the pandemic has hindered them receiving parts. Bearden does state that there are some benefits to COVID-19.
“COVID-19 has given us an opportunity to spend more time at home, and more time on the farm and in the family, which has been a blessing in my case,” he notes. “I know it gets difficult at home. I know that there are times where the farm takes everything. It takes all your day and all your night.”
He goes on to say that its a team and family effort to keep the farm ruling smoothly, especially during these times, and sometimes chores around the house fall to the wayside. Bearden has a message for everyone: “Keep the faith, keep the family, keep your friends, and keep on farming.”
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