BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Jerry Nichols takes the good with the bad when it comes to farming.
"At this particular day, with the sun shining, you see the grass is growing, as the weeds," Nichols said.
Nichols will control those soon. Just one of the many chores in assisting with a cow/calf operation while managing 18 poultry houses in various locations.
"We produce on our farm about 10 million pounds of chicken a year," Nichols said. "And that feeds a lot of people."
Nacogdoches County's agriculture income consistently ranks among the top 15 ag-producing counties in the entire state. A pretty good accomplishment considering the challenges.
"It's changing as we speak today," Nichols said. The regulations are becoming more severe and restrictive."
Nichols works to change attitudes. The former bank president serves on the state Soil and Water Conservation board, which protects farmers' rights.
"There's just more people in Texas and looks like they're coming everyday and they're looking to get out in the country which puts more pressure on farm expansion," Nichols said.
The former ag teacher also knows future generations will make a difference in agriculture.
Nichols wants his farm to be a safe haven for his family, but also a contribution to East Texas.
"Agriculture has been good refuge and livelihood for me," Nichols said. "We live it every day."
Nichols' family will be honored Monday night at the Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet.
Others honored tonight include agriculture pioneer, Albert Thomas, a longtime ag teacher, Dr. Dale Perritt and Sam B. Hayter Trust.