Farm Family

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Farming is a very important part of our nation's economy.

The USDA reports that America has lost more than half a million family farms in the past 10 years. Despite this year’s hurricanes, Washington County's Farm Family of the Year says that they are very thankful.

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and reflect on life and what we have to be thankful for.

"We all should be thankful this time of year, but I think the farmers especially should be thankful. You know we've worked hard this whole year. We've harvest our crops and the Lord has blessed us really well,” explains Kenneth Adkinson, a second generation farmer.

Meet Washington County's Farm Family of the Year. Thanksgiving doesn't always mean a day off when you have 300 head of cattle.

"Living in the country is a good lifestyle. It's a lot of hard work. We have to put in a lot of long hours, but they're very rewarding hours,” Adkinson says.

Kenneth Adkison is a second generation farmer who hopes that the family tradition will continue for many generations to come.

"My son has two sons. Harrison he's one-year and Nate, he's five years old. We wouldn't be a bit surprised if one or both of them didn’t continue the farming operation in the future, so we're very excited about that,” he says.

Ken's father Floyd Adkinson started the farm in 1949 with 100 acres. Today AAA Farms consist of 300 acres of peanuts, 300 acres of soybeans and over 200 acres of corn.

In more than 55 years of farming triple a farms has never recorded a net loss. Ken Adkison says part of that is because he's always followed his dad’s motto of early to bed early to rise, work hard and fertilize.