Tom was born in Amarillo, Texas in 1953. Tom and his family lived in Dalhart Texas in a growing agricultural area. In 1957 “deep water” was discovered, and a new face of agriculture began to develop.
Tom graduated from High School in Dalhart, and then attended Texas Tech University and graduated with an engineering degree in 1975.
Anywhere in the High Plains area, you are only one step away from agricultural. Tom joined the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and was involved in many areas of agricultural, from large commercial beef feedlots, large commercial hog facilities and large commercial dairies to individual owner farms, ranches and dairies.
After 3 years of severe drought conditions, Tom discovered fodder in 2011, and knew in his heart that this would be the answer to many of the problems that producers are wrestling with. After several years of research and studying many of the fodder production systems, Tom is determined to do his best to educate and help producers understand hydroponically grown fodder.
Tom and his wife Terry have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.
Mark was born in Greensburg, Indiana in 1972. He grew up raising corn, soybeans, wheat, hogs
and cattle. His family was involved in the feed and grain business as well as farming during his childhood years.
After graduating from Purdue University in 1994 with a degree in Animal Agri-Business, Mark came home to manage the family farm. After a few years he moved to Texas to help his uncle on his 5,000 acre irrigated farm.
His uncle also had a commercial grain elevator in which Mark helped originate grain. They raised mostly corn with a little wheat and cattle on wheat pasture. Mark then started a custom hay baling business, baling in large round, big square and small square bales, while swathing and merging in front of silage choppers.
Mark then moved back to Indiana where he worked for Crop Production Services, first as a Crop Consultant and then managing a plant. Mark’s was involved recommending seed, chemical and fertilizer as well as managing employees.
Mark is married to his wife, Dawn, and they have four children, three girls and a son.