SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - America is the land of farmers. That was the occupation of 90 percent of people who founded the community.
Today, it’s less than two percent, but we found a family in Baxley who is still committed to the land and are proud to be Georgia farmers.
“There are struggles, but I wouldn’t trade this for anything in the world,” Ryne Powers said.
Cotton is Powers' main crop, but he farms 1,750 acres that includes corn, peanuts, soybeans, cattle, and chickens.
“Never know what you’re gonna do in the morning,” he said.
At 27-years-old, Ryne is less than half the age of the average Georgia farmer, but he finds the same fulfillment in the land that his ancestors did.
“I’ve watched Granddaddy. Hardest worker I’ve ever seen,” he said.
While his roots may reach to the past, his focus now is on innovating for the future. He is partnered with the Georgia DNR to help develop agritourism - a fledgling combination of Georgia’s two biggest industries that can help bridge an educational and cultural gap.
“Problem with young folks today is they’re two or three generations removed from agriculture,” said James Galvin, Ag Teacher, Appling County High School.
While that may be true for most Georgians, it is not true for Ryne, and it won’t be for his children.