You would think that 65 landlords would be enough for any farming operation. But the Strickland Partnership of Mount Olive, N.C., is actively looking for more.

“Because we have taken steps to efficiently and effectively manage our operation, we are in a position to add new landlords to our team,” said Reggie Strickland. But he notes that it is not an easy task. “It takes more than just selling commodities at top prices to be successful in production agriculture. Our goal is to be profitable for ourselves and our landowners and secure the future for generations of farm families.”

The family goes to quite a bit of effort to attract and keep good landlords.

“We pride ourselves in investing in assets and maintaining long-term commitments to our landowners,” he said. “And we spend a great deal of time evaluating our performance, so we can quickly spot problems and opportunities.”

Strickland Farming Partnership is a eighth-generation diversified crop and livestock farm operation. The family, which includes Garrett, his son Reggie, and Reggie’s nephew Will, still farms much of the land their ancestors farmed as far back as 1861.

Nearly 30 years ago, Garrett wanted to manage his father’s two tobacco warehouses and farm but couldn’t do both on his own. Fortunately for him, Reggie was just finishing at North Carolina State University’s Ag Institute and was ready to start farming. The timing was perfect, and the two started with 150 acres.

Today, they have 3,600 acres of row-crop land in Sampson, Wayne and Duplin counties. They produce tobacco, sweet potatoes, corn, cotton, wheat, and soybeans and, since 1990, a hog operation.