Local Farmer Grapples With Realities Of DroughtAug. 29, 2011
Kevin Huffman has a lot on his mind these days. He's in charge of the farming operation started by his parents, on land they purchased nearly 40 years ago. The already changing nature of agriculture, combined with the worst drought in Texas history, is forcing him and other farmers and ranchers in the area to think long and hard about what actions now will help preserve them in the future.
Riding around in his truck, Huffman sees the results of his family's hard work over the years: 5000 acres for crops. Pastureland for cattle. Huffman Farms is a family-run organization that has also expanded into agricultural business ventures.
He also sold hay to area farmers, but that's mostly on hold. Feeding his own animals requires just about all of his feed resources, leaving very little for the clients who have relied on him in the past. Kevin feels the pinch doubly--he worries about the implications of being unable to meet his customers' needs.
We'll continue to view the drought from the perspective of Kevin Huffman this week as we examine the drought's impact on agriculture in the area. Tomorrow, we'll look at how this drought comes on the heels of poor crop performance in the past four years, compounding the problem for farmers. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.