From Farm to Family Table: Butler and Geurin Family Farms
Morgan Watchous, Communications Manager, Poultry Public Relations
Family farms are more than a business, they are a livelihood, and they are raising the next generation of farmers.
To learn more about how the families we work with operate, we sat down with the Butlers and Geurins–two families who have owned and operated their own family farms for multiple generations in Northwest Arkansas.
Q: What’s the most common misconception about your farm that you wish people could understand better?
Butler Family: We care about our chickens. Our birds are very healthy and well taken care of. The modern-day poultry houses are designed, heated, cooled and lighted based on what a chicken wants. For example, no city in America monitors or knows the mineral breakdown in water more accurately than any Tyson chicken farmer.
Geurin Family: Today’s technology gives us more time to care for our chickens. Actually, they live better than we do! The quality of our chickens is something we’re proud of–they’re clean and healthy and we’d be happy to show anyone the inside of our chicken houses. Our farms and the animals raised there mean everything to us–they’re family farms. We hope to live long enough to help our grandkids own a farm–it’s part of why we work so hard.
Q: What does being part of the global food system mean to you?
Butler Family: We’re proud to say that our farms feed families around the world and our own families. We feed our family the very same chicken that we raise. That just goes to show how confident we are in what we do.
Geurin Family: For our family, we’re proud to know that tonight, someone is eating the chicken that we raised. It comes down to a matter of pride–we know that Tyson Foods has a lot of pride and we have a lot of pride as farmers. We eat our chicken because we know that it’s the best there is. We aren’t just feeding families; we also are providing new jobs and opportunities for the people in our community.
Check out some of the photos from our trips
to the Butler and Geurin family-owned farms!
Published March 26, 2019.
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