Tom Robertson Jr., a cotton and corn farmer from Indianola, Miss., has been selected as the 2007 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year for Mississippi. He leased his first 800 acres near Lake Washington in 1967 and combined it into his father and uncle's operation that was located nearby.

The operation has swelled to more than 10,000 acres today, leading to his selection as winner for Mississippi. He was selected for the honor in judging conducted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and was nominated by Tommy Baird.

Cotton, corn and soybeans remain as the backbone of his vast operation. Cotton is grown on 6,000 acres and yields 1,000 pounds per acre; 4,000 acres of corn produce 170 bushels per acre.

He also has 100 head of Angus cattle. Catfish ponds cover 1,500 acres, yielding more than 4 million pounds per year.

“I market all of my grains myself through Delta Western and Farmers Grain Terminal,” says Robertson. “We let Stapl-Cotn handle the sales of my cotton.

Robertson and his wife, Lois, have three children. “I'm very fortunate to have my son Ben farming with me and carrying on the family tradition.”