Uniting decade’s old knowledge and extensive agricultural experience with a new perspective, Bill and Brett Slomchinski make a great team. Bill has farmed for 43 years and carries on the legacy of an operation that has been in the family for 120 years. His son, Brett, came home from college in 2007 and has been onboard for 11 harvests.
“Brett’s taught me a lot of things about modern agriculture,” Bill said. “When GPS came along, well, I was against it at first, now, it’d be the last thing I’d get rid of. Each generation learns something new and there’s no telling what we’re going to have 50 years down the road.”
Bill has seen the agricultural industry change. “When I started farming, you could take a few dollars and make a lot of dollars. And now you spend a lot of dollars to make a few dollars.”
Those challenges are part of the reason why the Slomchinski family turned to Farm Credit. “I decided to go with Texas Farm Credit for the simple fact that they have an agriculture background. They understand and not all banks understand farming,” said Brett.
Reflecting on his own experience as a farmer and thinking towards the future, Bill recalled a photograph of him and his own father next to one of their favorite trees on the property. Over the years, the tree has grown and matured, just as Bill, and now Brett, have grown and changed. “One of the things I’m most proud of is being able to grow up on the farm and pass something along to somebody else,” said Bill.