He wants to buy more land and add more grain storage. He also plans to use nearby Ark Bayou as a natural storage area for tailwater from his land to reduce the amount of pumping he must use for irrigation. Abbott and a neighbor are also exploring the possibility of developing a wind farm on their land to generate electricity.

“During the winter, we are able to hold water on more than 1,000 acres which improves our water table and brings in waterfowl,” he says. His son Ransom also runs a duck hunting business that brings paying customers to the land each winter.

Abbott is active in many organizations. He was a commissioner in the Tunica County Soil and Water Conservation District. He served as a director of Maud Elevator. He also served as a board member and board president for a private school, the Tunica Institute of Learning.

In the Tunica Rotary Club, he served as president, vice-president and treasurer. He served on the elected board of Tunica County’s USDA Farm Service Agency. In Tunica Presbyterian Church, he has been a deacon, elder, clerk of session and Sunday school teacher.

Among agricultural organizations, Myers is a member of the Tunica County Farm Bureau and the American Soybean Association. He has been a director of the Yazoo Mississippi Delta Joint Water Management District. He serves on the Mississippi Rice Council.

Since 2005, he has served as chairman for the Mississippi Land Bank. He is also an elected director of the Coahoma Electric Power Association. He was named the Rice Farmer of the Year in 1999. For the past two years, he chaired the Stockholders Advisory Committee of the 10th Farm Credit District.

Sheryl, Abbott’s wife of almost 42 years, handles bookkeeping and accounting as the farm’s chief financial officer. They have two children, daughter Kathryn Bourne and son Ransom. Kathryn is an attorney and an expert in crop insurance. Ransom is a partner in the farm and is buying his own land.

Sheryl has been an organist and Sunday school teacher at Tunica Presbyterian Church. She served as president of the Tunica Woman’s Club and as president of the Booster Club and Parent Teacher Association for the Tunica Institute of Learning.

Abbott is in the process of turning over day-to-day management to Ransom.