Fifth-generation growers stick with their craft

10/19/2009 09:06:24 AM
Abbie Stutzer

“Everybody tries to maximize their equipment and do as much as they can with it to spread their costs,” George Wooten III said.

“Input costs have gone up tremendously over the last four or five years. Our cost to produce an acre of potatoes has pretty much doubled in the last four years.”

George Wooten III said he thinks some people leave the business because the job is difficult.

“There are certain times of the year where there are lots of long hours and you are at the mercy of the weather and a lot of things you cannot control,” he said.

“The equipment costs are extremely high.”

“It’s hard for them (new growers) to get finances to start out with,” George Wooten III said.

Adam Wooten thinks many people who start growing could get frustrated with things that are out of the grower’s control, such as weather or pests that may destroy the crop.

“If you pursue this type of profession it’s very challenging, but the rewards can definitely outweigh the frustrations sometimes and the challenges,” Adam Wooten said.

George Wooten III hopes consumers will support the agricultural industry.

“There are a lot of regulations that make it harder, and I know there are some growers that do not do what they are supposed to, but most of your growers in America, they have pride in what they do, and they want to do the best they can,” he said.

George Wooten III wants future generations of the family to grow.

Adam Wooten said it is nice to have his family close by for support and help.

“I wouldn’t have chosen another profession. I’m happy I went down this path.”


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Jocelyn Punches    
Wilmington, NC  |  June, 06, 2012 at 09:00 PM

To the Wooten Family: My daughter just bought a wonderful historic "conch" style (ala Key West) house in Pompano Beach, FL. It was built in the 1930's and was owned by a Mr. Wooten, who was a produce broker in the Southeastern Florida area, and specifically in the Pompano Beach region. Could this person be any relation of yours? We don't know much else about the history of the house, but we are trying to find out. Thanks for any help you might give. I know it's a long shot, but the Wooten name and the similar agribusiness profession have me wondering. Thanks, Jocelyn Punches (910) 392-6067 or wcpunchy@gmail.com

Dorothy    
Missouri  |  January, 19, 2014 at 09:20 AM

Thank you Lord for your sweet potatoes, and all the work involved in growing them. We are especially thankful for any food grown in the United States of America. People need to read labels and purchase food made in our own country.

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