If you are driving, biking, horseback riding or pursuing another form of conveyance through the Ag Reserve this summer or fall, you may come upon a convoy of red, Massey Ferguson combines on their way to harvest the next field. When you see them, be sure to wave “hello,” as it is more than likely the Scott family farming operation hard at work. It’s a common sight in these parts. After all, they currently farm almost 1,500 acres in our beautiful Ag Reserve.
David Scott, Jr. would tell you that working full-time as a commodity farmer is not for the risk averse. He encounters new challenges every year. Farmers know Mother Nature can be their best friend or worst enemy. Crop yields depend on the right balance of sunshine, rainfall and air temperatures. David says other challenges include controlling wildlife damage to crops and urban growth. Fortunately, most farmers in the Ag Reserve find that the level of satisfaction they gain by working the land to grow their own crops far outweighs the challenges and risks associated with their profession.
Montgomery County’s future in agriculture depends on the success of farmers like David Scott, Jr., who is truly committed to working with his father to continue their farming operation. When asked why he went into farming, David said, “My father inspired me to pursue my career in farming because I grew up on the farm and enjoyed the lifestyle.”
The MCA was proud to recognize the Scott family with its prestigious Royce Hanson Award in 2017 for their outstanding contributions to agriculture in the Ag Reserve.