You can’t talk about farming without talking about farm families. After all, 97% of farms in the U.S. are family businesses, and they account for 88% of farm production.
Some South Dakota farmers, like Jordan Scott, can trace their farm heritage back generations. Jordan is a fourth-generation farmer on his mom’s side, fifth-generation on his dad’s. He also has his own little farm hand, his 10-month-old son Lincoln.
For the International Day of Families, Jordan talked to Hungry for Truth about farming, family, and how he balances the two.
Tell us about your family farm.
Jordan: Our farm is called Scott Family Farms. We farm with my parents who live 2.5 miles away. I have always been interested in farming and have helped dad whenever needed or whenever other jobs allowed. In 2016, I quit my “city job” (jewelry salesman) and started farming full-time. Today, we farm around 1,200 acres of soybeans and corn. Our farm is located 10 miles east of Sioux Falls.
How has your family grown over the years?
Jordan: My wife and I got married in 2015 and had our son, Lincoln, in June of 2019. Sam is a registered nurse at Avera hospital in Sioux Falls. She is the one that does all the hard work!
How does your family get involved with your community?
Jordan: Both my wife and I are very active in our little country church. We are both on committee boards and do whatever needs to be done at church. I have also recently started a YouTube channel (Subscribe to Scott Family Farms!) and hope that it brings more light to farming and what we do on the farm.
I am also active in the soybean world. I am on the South Dakota Soybean Association board and love being an advocate for all of South Dakota’s soybean farmers.
How do you spend time together outside of farming?
Jordan: We enjoy going to church together with other family members, when allowed. We also enjoy baseball games and anything outdoors. I am really looking forward to taking Lincoln golfing with me this summer!
What does family mean to you?
Jordan Family means everything to me. They are the reason I do what I do. They are the reason I put in long, lonely hours in the combine or planter. Every sacrifice I make is so that my wife and son can have a better life.
Working with family reminds farmers why we do what we do—to continue the legacy of generations that worked the land before us. Hungry for Truth wishes a Happy International Day of Families to our farmers and the families that support them!
To read more on how family and sustainability is key to success click here: Sustainability Key to Nearly 100 Years of Family Farming
Hungry for Truth is an initiative about food and farming funded by the South Dakota soybean checkoff. The goal is to connect South Dakotans with the farmers who grow and raise their food.