BENJAMIN FAULK - JUNIOR FARMER OF THE YEAR


Benjamin is the 19 year old son of Thomas and Gretchen Leonards Faulk. He has 4 sisters: Jennifer Kidder (Shiloh), Andrea Guidry (Chris), Hannah Katira (Kris) and Anne Catherine. His brothers are Luke and Jack. His nephews and niece are Matthew, Joseph, Raj and Olive. Benjamin is the grandson of Leonard L. “Buck” Leonards and the late Bobbie Link Leonards and the late Chester Faulk and Dolores Walton Faulk McKellar, all of Crowley, LA.

Benjamin and his family live on the family farm south of Crowley. The farm consists of 6,800 acres of rice, soybeans and crawfish. Benjamin’s family has deep roots in the farming community and he receives excellent guidance from his Papa and Uncles Jeff, Mike and Bill who make up Faulk Farms.

Benjamin is attending LSUE this fall and will study Agribusiness while continuing to work on the farm. He is a former student of St. Michael’s Elementary School and Notre Dame High School where he graduated in May 2018 with a 3.6 G.P.A. Benjamin participated in Campus Ministry and Beta while attending Notre Dame H.S.

Benjamin has been a life member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and faithfully served his parish as Altar Server for 10 years from 3rd grade through graduation. Benjamin was homeschooled until 4th grade which allowed he and his younger brother and best bud, Jack, to experience farming at early ages. His first responsibilities as a young boy were operating grain carts at harvest, bush hogging grass and plowing fields. His responsibilities grew as he aged and during his high school years Benjamin touched every aspect of the farm operation.

During Benjamin’s Junior and Senior years at Notre Dame, he began overseeing and was solely responsible for water management, etc. of 300 acres of crawfish and 280 acres of rice. He worked hauling, sorting and distributing crawfish. Benjamin works very hard and thoroughly enjoys many long hours at the dock.
 
Some of Benjamin’s many responsibilities include operating machinery during planting, harvesting, and pre-planting seasons, checking water on rice and crawfish fields to include opening and closing pipes, spraying levees, plowing, laser leveling, mowing driveways and field roads, and assisting with equipment maintenance, grain storage and transport.Benjamin’s agricultural roots and dedication to farming are evident in his passion for the industry. Benjamin is a 6th generation rice farmer on their family farm.

Benjamin is proud to share this honor with past generations of his family whom were recognized by the International Rice Festival as Farmer of the Year.
Great Grandfather Louis Leonards (1957)
Great Grandfather William W. “Bill” Walton (1962)
Grandfather Chester Faulk (1970)
Great Uncle Edwin Leonards (1979)
Grandfather Leonard “Buck” Leonards (1985)

In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing guitar and deer hunting.

Benjamin was chosen by the USDA Farm Service Agency from a group of young deserving men nominated by FFA/Ag Teachers from area schools.