June 22, 2011 EditionAlso in this issue...
Doyles are Farm Family of the YearGretchen Hunt
Tim and Steve Doyle have been selected as the 2011 Farm Family of the Year in Lawrence County.
Steve and Shelly Doyle and Tim and Carrie Doyle and son, Evan, who is 15, all reside in the Portia area.
The Doyles, who grow wheat, soybeans and rice, as well as milo some years, mainly farm in the Portia and Clover Bend area.
This is the second time they have been part of a Farm Family of the Year as their parents, Billy Edd and Phyllis Doyle, were recognized in 1972.
One could basically say the brothers were born into farming, according to Tim. Their grandfather, Edgar Doyle, was also a farmer.
"I never really thought about anything else," Steve said. "It was just a given.
Having no other siblings, the boys, just a little over a year apart in age, grew up helping on the family farm.
"We farmed with our dad until the fall of 1989, when we rented 200 acres and planted wheat," Tim said.
From that original 200 acres, the Doyles' farming operation has grown to 3,500 acres.
Tim said when they first got the call regarding their selection as Farm Family of the Year, their first reaction was that they did not belong on the same list with those who have won it in the past.
"There are some really good farmers on that list," he said. "People who we've always looked up to."
The brothers said the honor is magnified because of the quality of the farming industry in the county.
"The best farmers in the world are from Lawrence County," Tim said. "Of course, we might be a little prejudiced."
A special section featuring the Doyle family will appear in the July 7 issue of The Times Dispatch.