Despite losing half of his farmland to the flooding of the Mississippi River, a farmer in Missouri is putting his struggles aside to give to those in need. In the latest special episode of AgDay TV
, we meet Ed Marshall, who knows firsthand the uncertainty of Mother Nature.
In early May 2011 Marshall lost 8,000 acres of his farmland due to the massive flooding that was the result of high Mississippi River waters. As the waters rose, the Army Corps of Engineers breeched the Bird’s Point Levee in southwest Missouri to help reduce the flooding of nearby towns. The result of the levee breech? Marshall’s fields and those of many other area farmers were under the water. When the waters rushed, Marshall, like many of his neighbors was uncertain what devastation the water would cause.
"We didn’t know whether there was going to be sand or what kind of shape the infrastructure was going to be in," Marshall said.
Since most of the water has receded, he no longer wonders.
"As the water was receding, we got all this scour and it was with such velocity, that it [the water] took most of the top soil with it," Marshall says.
Despite the washed out bridges, torn up sheds, barns and outbuildings and the eerie remnants of homes in the area, Marshall says that farming is where he wants to be and he will be back in the tractor soon.
"It’s in my blood, it’s under my fingernails, it’s just a way of life," he says.
He believes that access to food is something that many Americans take for granted, which is why he is donating to Farmers Feeding the World.
"They don’t know how blessed they are to live here that they don’t have to throw a sack over their back and haul it 50 miles to get some cereal to their kids to eat," Marshall says. "We live in a great country. I think by us trying to help feed people we will make a lot more friends than we will enemies."
While he tries to bring his own livelihood up out of the water he is giving to others because he knows that people like him are making a difference around the world.