FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- Area agricultural producers already know most large and sprawling farms and ranches are a thing of the past. In fact, extension agents say 50% of the beef in the United States comes from farms with just 25 cattle. Stephanie Brletic has the details on some changes in Fannin County.
On Thursday night, community members met at Heritage Gardens in Bonham to talk about how the land is changing within the county. Agri-Life Extension Agent Roger Skipper says the area is a lot different than it was two decades ago.
Skipper says the purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of changes. He says farms are getting smaller, and while peanuts and cotton used to be the biggest crops produced, now corn, milo, and even soy beans are becoming more common. Now, he says, there is almost no peanut or cotton production.
Skipper also says understanding these trends helps him better serve the community.
"By understanding what kinds of clientele that there is in the ag community, that helps me understand what kinds of programs and educational programs I need to be providing," he says.
Skipper says that one reason for the changes is that people from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex are moving to the area and hoping to start their own ranches, but lot of those people do not have the proper background or training. Skipper advises these transplanted residents to consult an extension agent or other agricultural professional to help smooth the transition.