As mentioned before, there is one other practice that the Stricklands rank high in making their operation work: Communication with landlords.

“Our goal is to keep them informed throughout the year with an annual Landlord Appreciation Dinner in the spring and in a farm newsletter that we mail out three times a year.

“Because they deserve to know about the best practices we implement on their farms, we believe in a high level of communication with our landlords,” said Reggie. “We aim to tell our landlords 'what is going on' in our farming operation, striving to keep the text clear and concise and using a friendly tone to keep our landlords interested.”