Wanda Hill appreciates the rewards of 47 years of farming. Hill farms in Humphreys County, Miss., with her husband, Herbert, and brother-in-law, Charles. They grow soybeans followed by winter wheat and cotton. Until 2014, they were also catfish farmers.

Every morning, two of Hill’s sons and three of her grandchildren join her for breakfast before the younger ones leave for school. This opportunity to strengthen family ties is one of Hill’s favorite aspects of farm life.

“I truly enjoy living on the farm. Sometimes you lose a couple of battles, but you keep going with agriculture,” Hill said. “It is a rewarding life that teaches children good work ethics and what it takes to bring a family together.”

Hill’s favorite memories are from spending time with her three sons in the field. “When my boys were growing up, every day we would take a hot meal to their daddy and set up a table to eat while the boys played in the field,” Hill said. “Farming is personal, and having contact with your family all day, every day is rewarding.”

Hill is close not only with her family, but also with her community. She is the co-chair of the World Catfish Festival in Belzoni, Miss., has worked with the Farm Bureau Safety Department, and volunteers at the Catfish Museum and the local school.

Hill is also a member of Mississippi Women for Agriculture, which is partnered with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. This organization gives Mississippi women the chance to form friendships, share ideas and develop new ways to make their production agriculture farms and agribusinesses more successful.