Third Generation Farmer Joins Leadership Sorghum


Heath HerringHeath Herring is a third generation row crop farmer in St. Joseph, Louisiana. Herring spent the first 11 years of his life living in Huston, Texas, before his family moved back to Louisiana for his father to take over the family farm. Upon his graduation from Northeast Louisiana University, Herring returned to work on the family farm in 1996.

He always had a deep love for the farm growing up, and although Herring never intended to become a farmer, he says it felt like a natural transition to farm after college and has been doing so ever since. His father mentored him at the start of his farming career. Herring says he is grateful for not only the tools and knowledge he gained from his father, but also for the confidence he instilled in him to become successful even during the difficult times.

Family is a top priority for Herring, and he attributed his wife and two children to be his greatest accomplishments in life. He loves spending time with his family and says they are one of his biggest motivations to get up and go to work every morning.

Herring makes an effort to be involved in the agriculture industry year-round; that includes attending trade shows and professional development meetings, as well as staying involved in commodity organizations through meetings and leadership positions. When asked what gets him energized to start each day out in the field, he says it’s simply his love for farming. From planting to harvest and everything in between, Herring says what he enjoys most is being a steward of the land and reaping the benefits of hard work.

"Farming is a challenge every day. But it's one of the most fulfilling jobs I think a person can have," Herring said. "I love everything about agriculture and what I do. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Equipment Color: John Deere Green
Tractor Tunes: Southern Rock and Outlaw Country
Favorite Season on the Farm: Harvest
Favorite part of Farming: Watching his hard work all year payoff and being his own boss.
Hobbies: Hunting, traveling with family and staying involved in the agriculture industry through programs like Leadership Sorghum.

Heath is a member of Leadership Sorghum Class III, a program designed to foster the next generation of sorghum leaders. The program exposes members to various aspects of the sorghum industry from basic and applied research to international marketing. Through both hands-on and classroom-style education, participants gain an understanding of how sorghum moves through the value chain, how checkoffs and interest organizations interact on behalf of the industry and what the future holds for the crop. The program also provides professional development training and networking opportunities.