Ty Minton looks to the future of agriculture
Ty Minton, 2014 Manila High School graduate, has a love of agriculture that started at a very young age.
He is beginning his first year at Arkansas State University and plans to earn a degree in Ag Systems of Technology. If there is anything new in agriculture, Ty wants to be a part of it.
Ty received several scholarships. Included are: A-State Pride Scholarship; Greenway Scholarship; Farm Bureau Scholarship; FFA Alumni Scholarship; and the Wildy Farm Scholarship.
For several years Ty has worked for area farmers. Not too many 18 year olds spend a lot of time raising large gardens but Ty enjoys growing vegetables and raising chickens. He manages to acquire an acre of ground here and there to raise vegetables, sunflowers, and this year tried his hand at watermelons and cantaloupes.
He smiled as he said he has raised his first and last crop of melons.
"My melons fed the coyotes well," he said.
Melons were not his only crop. Ty's tomato crop and other vegetables did very well this year.
"If anyone knows me and doesn't have fresh vegetables, it is their own fault," he said.
Ty loves to grow vegetables and he enjoys sharing the bounty with others. He knows the importance of irrigation and has a 2" well to keep his garden watered.
"We wouldn't have much without irrigation," he said.
In addition to his vegetable garden, chickens and sunflowers, he keeps his 1950 Farmall C tractor running.
He found the antique tractor in Caraway and purchased it three years ago. He does his own mechanic work.
His love of farming and agriculture started when he was very young and worked with his dad, who farmed from 1992 until 2009. Since then he has worked for several area farmers and is currently working for Dwight Jackson Farms.
Ty stays busy with school, work and his garden. The garden is about to come to an end for this season but he is making plans for next year's crops. He plans to plant more peas and sunflowers but no melons.
"I guess I take after my great-grandfather, the late B.C. Minton," Ty said. "He was an early settler of the area and cleared land. I am sure he saw a lot of changes in his farming days."
Ty wants to be a part of the changes in agriculture that he knows is going to come about.
"You can see what we have today compared to just 20 years ago, and I want to be one of the people who help with the progress 20 years down the road," Ty said. "We have to utilize what land we have and precision farming is going to continue improving. There should be no waste. We have some really good farmers in this area."
Ty is the son of Brian and Madonna Minton. He said he is proud to live in the home where his father grew up and live in the area where his grandparents helped begin the agriculture movement.