Next Gen Ag: Continuing the legacy of family farming in Sampson County

by | Feb 7, 2024

Next Gen Ag is a year long series that will run on our In The Field blog, Facebook page, Instagram page and Twitter account. Each Wednesday, we will highlight a young person pursuing a career in the agriculture industry. Individuals can be in high school, college, or recent graduates who are working to establish a career in agriculture. Stay tuned each week to meet some of our industry’s future leaders!

Kendrick Tyndall has been in love with agriculture for as long as he can remember. Being born into a farming family, agriculture was as natural to him as breathing at a young age. “I was raised on a family farm, so agriculture has always been a part of my life,” he said. From helping his dad raise crops and livestock on Jason Tyndall Farms in Sampson County to supporting the community through his work on the Farm Safety Committee of the Sampson County Young Farmers and Ranchers Chapter, Kendrick is already a prominent figure in the agriculture industry and is working hard every day to further his agricultural career.

Around seven or eight years old, Kendrick experienced his first season as a producer on the family farm. “Although I grew up on the family farm and have lots of meaningful experiences there, one of the first that I remember was when my dad let my sister and I plant a small plot of sweet corn around the age of seven or eight,” he said. “Planting that crop, tending to it, harvesting it and then selling it to the community was one of the most rewarding feelings I had ever known. That season, my passion for agriculture and farming was born.” As a fourth-generation family farmer, Kendrick has learned a lot at the hands of his father, including how to grow and harvest corn, wheat and soybeans, as well as how to raise livestock like hogs and chickens. “Whether I had to learn lessons the easy way or the hard way, my dad has always been my mentor and my biggest inspiration,” Kendrick said. “He taught me everything that I know about farming and agriculture up to this point in my life, and he continues to teach me something new every single day.” Today, Kendrick and his father operate the 1,200-acre row crop side of the family farm, producing corn, wheat and soybeans, and raising livestock.

Kendrick’s favorite part of farming is planting a crop, working hard to make it grow strong, and harvesting the results at the end of the season. “It’s a pride you can’t even put into words,” he said. “We have good years and we have bad years, but even the bad years bring lessons to build upon and they make us appreciate the good years even more.” Kendrick’s dream job has always been to be a successful farmer like his father, a goal that he continues to strive for every single day. “I am living the dream on the farm with my dad,” he said. “If I can continue in my career to become half as successful as my father, I will have done something right. He raised a family of five off this farm, and I want to be able to raise a family off the land as well. He is my mentor, my inspiration, and my best friend.”

In addition to the family farm, Kendrick also plays an important role on the Farm Safety Committee of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Chapter Board in Sampson County. About a year ago, Kendrick was invited to join the group and impact the community in a brand-new way. “We had a farmer in our community get into a pretty bad on-road accident,” he said. “Through that incident, we were able to launch the farm safety initiative to help educate the community on farm safety, looking out for tractors on the roads, and more.” Kendrick and the team of 20-25 other young farmers, worked all year to teach individuals across the community how to be safe around farm equipment, both on and off the roads, through events, signage and more. “We try to do as much as we can for the community, which is one of the great things about agriculture,” he said. “Through this initiative, we have been able to help people understand that farmers are not on the roads to be in your way, they are simply doing their job. A job which helps families across the world have access to fresh foods, clothes and more.” Kendrick continues to serve on the board and help people across the community understand the importance of farm safety. He encourages anyone, whether they are directly involved with the agriculture industry or not, to get involved and contribute to the cause. “We have people in our group that are communications and marketing experts, accountants and more,” he said. “We all bring a different skillset to the table and can impact our community for the better through our work.”

As a young person working in the agriculture industry, Kendrick brings many strong skills to the table. “I have always been very good with new technology on the farm,” he said. “Over the last ten years, new equipment and technology has been developed to help farmers do what they do. I am proud to say that I have been able to not only operate that equipment so far on our family farm, but also perform mechanic work on it when needed.” Kendrick also packs a lot of patience, common sense and passion, which will help him go far in the industry. “Agriculture is the most vital industry in the world. It is our backbone,” he said. “If I can spend my life contributing to that industry and know that I have been successful at the end of the day, that’s all that I can ask for.”

For anyone seeking a career in the agriculture industry, Kendrick’s advice is to use your common sense, work hard and always help your neighbors. “Agriculture is not something that can be fully learned and understood at a university. It’s all about your experiences,” he said. “Get involved in the industry and use those experiences to learn and drive you forward. Try to do good for the community through all that you do and educate on the importance of our state’s number one industry.” We are so proud of all that Kendrick is doing for the agriculture industry so far. He already has a strong start in his career, and we look forward to seeing where the future continues to take him!