Farming

Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Mason!

At 100, Virginia farmer Norman Mason still enjoys getting out in the field and making decisions of how to manage his 200 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat.

Norman turns 100 today, and as he puts it: “I’ve enjoyed my life in farming.”

Norman has farmed since he was 18, taught by his grandfather who farmed not far from where Norman farms today in Onancock, Virginia, on the Eastern Shore.

Agriculture's Everyday Superheroes

Here at the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), we believe America’s farmers, ranchers and foresters are superheroes. They maybe don’t wear capes or fight crime, but they do super important work, growing our nation’s food, fiber and fuel. They do this despite challenges from Mother Nature and ups and downs in the market. They do this despite challenges from Mother Nature and ups and downs in the market.