Apr 08, 2019
April Producer of the Month - Rix Farms Inc
Rix Farms Inc, operated by Grant, Roger, and Jarrett is a family-oriented grain operation near Groton, South Dakota. Grant was able to sit down and tell us a little bit about himself and their operation before the craziness of spring sets it.
How did you get started:
Grant graduated from South Dakota State University in 2006. He then went to work for Monsanto in Nebraska doing corn-breeding research for 2 years. He worked in the pollination fields and did testing of new hybrids before coming back to the farm in 2008. “I always knew I wanted to come back to the farm. This is home.”
Grant has three kids – 5 months, 3 years, and 5 years. “I love having the kids at the farm. I can just pop my head in the house and check on them. It works well when my wife needs to run errands and I can come help watch the kids while she’s out.”
Between being a family man and grower, Grant is also on the Groton school board, Northeast Special Education Coop Board, and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council. For the Corn Utilization Council, Grant will meet with legislature in July to lobby in Washington. We are fortunate to have someone so close to home be able to advocate for South Dakota agriculture.
Why Full Circle Ag?
“They’re always trying to help you out. If something happens, they are always willing to work with you. If I need something, I call Lance and he’s always willing to help me out. As far as the petroleum side goes, Myron and Jim are both great. I never have to wait for anyone and it’s really convenient for us to do business here. Full Circle Ag is definitely the quickest and the most reliable around.”
What has been the most useful advance in farming for you?
“Technology is getting to be more intuitive. The technology has always been there, but it hasn’t been nearly as easy. Everything is more seamless. Everything is working together. That’s probably the most useful. It makes the management side easier. That and cell phones!”
Thank you, Grant Rix, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet with us for Producer of the Month! We wish you a safe and prosperous spring and look forward to working with you for the 2019 growing season.