I see agriculture continuing to be a very vital part of Jackson County for years to come.  As the older generation gives way to the younger generation, I still feel that we will continue to grow peanuts in Jackson County, the soils are adapted to it, the climate is adapted to it, and as long as farming is a profitable venture, I feel like it will continue. 

 

But I also see, you know, some of the land’s going from being sold that will not return, you know, to farming.  Also, you’re beginning to see some of the tracts such as the 40-acres tracts – mini-farms, as a problem, where people will buy 40 acres, build a home on it, have a few cattle or horses, you know, things of that nature.  You’re beginning to see some of that.  

 

You know, as far as the direction of the future, it all depends on what happens in Washington.  As long as farming is such that growers can till on the land and make a profit with the Farm Bill, that will continue to happen.  At the point in time that that ceases, then I think we’ll strictly go recreational.