David Cromley has farming in his blood. He worked on his family's operation with his dad, uncle and cousin.
He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in agri-business and returned to Bulloch County to raise peanuts, cotton and livestock. He says their farm has evolved quite a lot in six generations.
"I think there's a misconception that farmers are stuck in their ways and do things the same repeatedly and not willing to change. But if you're afraid to change, it won't be long and you're out of business,” Cromley said.
He says they like growing peanuts, in part, because they actually help replenish some nutrients other crops take away.
He relies on his local UGA Extension office for soil info and the latest research to help them be more productive.
"I think the more you know and the more you understand the processes of how things work together, the better off you'll be,” he said.
Another agency Cromley relies on is the Georgia Peanut Commission, a co-op financed by farmers to steer research and marketing.
"The Georgia Peanut Commission is so important because they're out there telling people about the product that we grow.”
While he stays close to his Bulloch County roots, he's proud that the peanuts grown on his farm help feed people around the country and around the world.
"We're growing a safe affordable protein. Peanut butter and jelly is still one of my favorites,” said Cromley.
A simple, time-tested favorite, just like farming.
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