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The Clifton Family: Proud to be Heartland Farmers

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Russell Clifton Russell Clifton
Cheri Clifton Cheri Clifton
Libby Clifton Libby Clifton
Sam Clifton Sam Clifton

The Clifton's run their farm on Highway 51 in Perry County, MO like a team; everyone has a role.

Russell, his wife Cheri, and their 16-year-old twins Sam and Libby all contribute to the success of the farm.

"We get along very good. We work everything out all the time," says Russell.

The Clifton's grow soybeans, corn, and wheat on 1,700 acres, and three of the four couldn't imagine doing anything else.

"I have been farming all of my life. It's the only thing I've ever done and I really enjoy it," said Russell.  "I don't think I would really want to do anything else."

"I really like helping my dad a lot," said Libby.  "What he does I think is fun most of the time."

Cheri is the exception. She's the only one of the Clifton's who didn't grow up on the farm.  But after 25 years of marriage, she's adjusted to the lifestyle.

"It was a good 5-7 years before I could really understand why he was working or why he wasn't there," she said.  "But if you can hang in there it really starts to pay off."

That lesson of hard work is paying off for Sam and Libby as well.

"It's hard to understand at first. Nothing can come before this. It's challenging," said Libby.

"Just doing small jobs. Well, they're not small, but they require someone to do them," Sam added.

As much fun as everyone has on the farm, it hasn't always been easy for the Cliftons.

The weather this year has been especially dry, but the family has found a way to persevere.

"Usually you just try to make everything work," said Russell.  "You have to change a lot of different situations to make things work and it's very challenging to make it work out."

"I always tell this to my kids when they ask why Dad is doing this or that. I say just have to trust all his decisions," said Cheri. " He's never let me down in 25 years."

Along with their duties on the farm, the Cliftons are also very active in the Future Farmers of America chapter at Perryville High School.

Congratulations to the Clifton family who are proud to be Heartland farmers.

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