Your name and the name of your farm

Mark and Becky Sheffels

Location of your farm

In Lincoln County four miles west of Wilbur, Washington

History of your farm

The Sheffels family has been farming since the 1800s. Becky and I are fourth generation farmers. By far the biggest change to our operation occurred in 1996 when we made the transition to direct seed farming. Our recent adoption of GPS guided tractors is a big change, but it is only a new tool in the much bigger move to direct seed.

Why do you think direct seeing is important to the future of agriculture?

We must have a viable production system to stay in business short term. But it is critical that we have a viable conservation system or we will not be in business long term.

Why are you involved with Shepherd’s Grain?

Becky and I enjoy supplying grains to consumers that share our interest in seeing crops grown in a sustainable way.

Why do you think it is important to develop relationships between the grower and Shepherd’s Grain customers?

We want our customers to know how important it is to us to protect our soil. We also want our customers to know that they are truly getting what they were promised when they buy our products.