By Matt Reese
In the mid 1930s, hybrid seed corn had not yet changed the world of agriculture, but early innovators recognized its potential to do so. One of those innovators was Herb Ruff. Ruff was farming 110 acres just outside of Amanda in southern Fairfield County when he decided he needed to do something different to stabilize his farm income. The result was the start of Ruff’s Seed Farm in 1936 that is celebrating its 75thAnniversary this month.
“He saw there was a future for hybridized corn and the increased income he could get from raising seed,” said Allan Reid, the current general manager for Ruff’s Seed. “He was a real innovator that was not afraid to try something new and we have tried to continue that philosophy.”
The farm has grown from 100 acres to 1,600 acres and the business remains in the family after 75 years of service to farmers.… Continue readingRead More »