Building on Tradition is a special section that will publish in the Enid News & Eagle for eight Sundays in February, March and April 2019. The section is designed to feature individuals, businesses and organizations in Enid and Northwest Oklahoma that work every day for the betterment of the region and its residents. This section, which published March 31, 2019, focuses on Agriculture & Energy in Enid and the area.
Other sections include:
• Building on Tradition: Faith, April 7, 2019
• Building on Tradiiton: Community Service, April 14, 2019
Mother Nature has been better for farmers this year, but the success of the crop could be dependent on factors outside of farmers’ control, one of which is a trade deal with China.
In 2008, wheat accounted for 18 percent of the state’s cash crops, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Last year wheat accounted for only six percent of the Oklahoma farm income.
Linda Woodruff and her family raise the Japanese breed of Wagyu cattle on their family farm, Silverwood Wagyu, east of Fairmont.
Each of the last two years the Faith Farm garden has produced more than 4,000 pounds of produce in raised beds to supplement Loaves and Fishes offerings.
“The economic impact is massive. There’s no other industry that’s even close to being as impactful, and I think, particularly with Northwest Oklahoma, when oil and gas does well it sure makes it easier to be in the ag business, too.” — Chad Warmington, president of Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association – Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association