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Fresh off the network: January 2010

Agriculture.com Staff 01/27/2009 @ 1:25pm

Jeremiah Jones loves his farm. He doesn't do much else besides taking care of it. "My wife will tell you I just farm," he says. "For our honeymoon we drove to Ohio and bought a bean header for the combine. It's all about the farming. That – and family."

Jones helped out on his grandfather and uncle's farm growing up. When Jones was in college, his uncle had a brain aneurysm. That's when he knew he wanted to continue farming the family land. "Everyone thought I was crazy," he explains. "I told them if I didn't make it, I would get a real job then." Jones' plan worked, and now he is growing row crops and raising free-range hogs.

Jones recalls that it was tough buying equipment when he was getting started. The biggest help he found financially was borrowing money from service agencies and getting loans through FSA. Jones currently runs older equipment and does all of the mechanical work himself. He jokes that he really enjoys working on equipment that is older than he is. "Anything to save some money," he says.

With his machinery bought, Jones says his challenge now is competing for land with the development going on around the farm.

Even with the challenges, Jones says he won't stop. "I enjoy every aspect of the farm from planting to picking," he says.

Age: 28

Farm Location: Beulaville, NC

Education: North Carolina State University

Farming Practices: Grows corn, wheat, and soybeans; raises free-range hogs.

Jeremiah Jones loves his farm. He doesn't do much else besides taking care of it. "My wife will tell you I just farm," he says. "For our honeymoon we drove to Ohio and bought a bean header for the combine. It's all about the farming. That – and family."

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