Prince & Son’s Farms

Prince & Son’s Farms


[Opening music] >My Name is Edgar Morris Prince Jr. We grow cotton, peanuts, soybeans, and a little wheat here and there. [Pep band music] When I was in high school I thought playing on the field on Friday night was everything. I always considered myself a farmer because my daddy and my granddaddy , but being that I got my own, I went in and talked to the USDA office and they told me – if I had all the proper steps, they could finance me on a farm loan. >We talked to him about doing a Microloan, and we started doing a microloan. Started him out small because we wanted him to make sure that this is what he wants to do. >First of all I get my loan and I get my seeds planted and all – get everything coming up, and then they’re going come out and they want to do a field visit. >We try to provide a lot of technical assistance when you come in. A lot of the things that we do; if you come in and we have a good conversation, I might not be able to help you, but I might be able to refer you to someone that can. >Several years back we had a very prolific rain event that caused a good bit of erosion across the entire county. To help them fix some erosion problems that they were having from that. >Farming is a risk, you take a chance every time you put a seed in the ground it’s just – you just have to have confidence in yourself that you can make something out of it. >The micro loan program has been a definite win-win. It’s very flexible because we can do a traditional. Like you have with Morris, Jr. here with the peanuts and cotton. But, you can also do these very unusual operations: Organic, hydroponic, and any kind of livestock operation, and pretty much have experience with almost all those types of operations. >It’s hard work. It’s not easy. So, if you, if people want to get into farming because they think it’s fun and it’s easy, you’re getting into it for the wrong thing. I love it. I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else right now. [Closing music and credits]

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