Tri-State farmer makes history at the Indiana State Fair

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GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — Glenn Morris is making history as the first African-American Farmer of the Day to be honored at the Indiana State Fair.

“It’s just been wet and it’s late, you don’t know whether it’s going to make it or not. It’s just a chance, it’s very chancey,” said Morris.   

Glenn Morris grew up helping his grandfather farm. 61 years later, he’s being honored as the first African-American Farmer of the Day at the Indiana State Fair.

“You just don’t know what you want to do in farming. A person jumps up and buys a piece of land like that and goes way in debt and then you take a year like this, you’re hurt,” said Morris.

From dusk until dawn, Glenn Morris is a one man band tending his cattle, corn and hay.

“I’ve got everything where I can do it myself. I generally rake myself and then I turn around and bale it,” said Morris.

His farm sits on 162 acres of sandy, hilly terrain in Gibson County.

 “It’s always a dream when you’re farming. You gotta have dreams to make it. If you don’t have dreams, you just can’t make it. You just kind of put it all together and hope for the best,” said Morris.

Due to this year’s heavy rainfall, Morris says he’s lost half his land. A setback he’s not sure he’ll recover from.

“I won’t get another cutting on this, I got two cuttings on this so far and that’ll be all my grass hay that I’ll cut this year. I’ve had my ups and downs on this, it’s been a rollercoaster. You don’t have good luck all the time and there’s not that much money in farming,” said Morris.

His saving grace? Cattle. Morris says cattle prices have gone up in recent years so he plans to cell some of his cows in November to earn some profit.

When we asked what happens next year, Morris said the future is unclear.

“I’m hoping for a better year. I’ll be right back at it and start again. You just don’t quit on that, you either keep going or you sell and I sure don’t want to sell. A lot of people say ‘Hey, you oughta quit and let somebody else do it,’ but I’ve worked hard all my life and I’m enjoying it right now,” said Morris.

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(This story was originally published on August 14, 2019)

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