Like a good bread recipe or a cowboy tall tale, farming is a tradition Austin Stanton’s family has passed through generations. After his ancestors’ emigration from Ireland nearly 200 years ago, Austin sustains his farming operation on the same land.
Austin, from the Centralia FFA Chapter in Centralia, Mo., operates a multifaceted agricultural enterprise with his brother called Stanton Brothers. His hallmark product is eggs—he owns more than 15,000 hens and sells the eggs to neighbors, restaurants, local grocery chains and the University of Missouri dining halls. Austin also raises swine and grows potatoes and radishes to diversify his operation.
In addition to producing food, Austin has a field spraying service called AHS Services. He also maintains a placement supervised agricultural experience (SAE) by working for his family’s farm, Stanton Farms, which prod