Area growers active in the West Texas Young Farmer’s Association in Brownfield, Texas, meet together to share information, grower to grower, but also to develop ways to bridge the gap between people in production agriculture and those that are not.
“There’s a lot of misconceptions, misrepresentations that float around and often times we don’t have the time to commit to combatting some of those issues,” says association President Mason Becker, who talks more about the group in the above video. “We just want to advance the cause of production agriculture in our area—the positive aspects. It’s a great living.”
Becker, who grows cotton, Virginia peanuts, organic Spanish peanuts and some black-eyed peas, says the West Texas Young Farmer’s Association is not only for young farmers ages 18 and older but also for the “young at heart.”
“We encourage everyone that wants to support young and beginning farmers to become involved,” says Becker.
Within the next year, Becker says they are taking agriculture to the schools with their Ag in the Classroom campaign. “We are going to get back in the classroom and work with the schools in implementing ag-based education, starting at a young age level in the elementary schools, just to give them a little bit of a foothold on what goes around them.”
The group meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Texas Farm Bureau building in Brownfield, 521 W. Main Street. For more information contact Becker at (806)-781-3666, [email protected] or on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/WTYFA/.