The Jerry Dean Nichols family will be honored as the Farm Family of the Year at the Ninth Annual Nacogdoches County Agriculture Appreciation and Awareness Banquet on Monday, March 29, at Banita Creek Hall. Tipton Ford sponsors the farm family award.
Jerry’s agriculture history began in San Augustine County on parents Reece and Evie Nichols farm with his four older brothers and younger sister. The family raised cotton when cotton was king, and then the Nichols’ farming focus changed to poultry in 1955.
Linda’s parents Bud and Betsy Cargill were dairy farmers, and she and her younger sister and brother grew up on the farm east of
When asked what brought the Nichols back to
He taught agriculture and coached at
He then went to work in lending as vice president at Commercial National Bank. In 1980, Jerry ventured with other local businessmen and opened Security National bank. He was president of Security National until 1987.
“Meanwhile, throughout his professional careers, Jerry and Linda have had a poultry and cattle operation in the county,” Cooperative Extension Ag and Natural Resources Agent Crispin Skinner said. “Also working in the day-to-day operations of the family farm, Jerry and Linda have their four sons Matt, Reece, Tim and Gregg. With all helping, the farm is thriving and will continue with the grandchildren that pitch in. ”
The Nichols began poultry farming with three chicken houses that held 20,000 birds each. Now the family runs four farms, 18 chicken houses, with Tyson. The figures show production on these farms yield at least 1 million pounds of chicken per year.
The beef cattle operation has grown to 200 head of cows.
“In the summer, the 12 grandchildren gather, two at a time, for their own cowboy camp and through the fun, gradually learn some of the skills of farming and ranching,” Linda said. “They love driving the tractors, helping haul hay and riding the trails on the four wheelers. ”
“The Nichols have been land stewards for many years for the state of
About the Jerry Dean Nichols family
Jerry and Linda Nichols community involvement - Jerry has been a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Board in
Linda currently is regent for the Nacogdoches Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.
They are active members of
Matt is married to Dayna (Goodroe). They have four children, Mattison 16, Miranda 14, Mallory 12 and Will 9. They make their home in
Reece is married to Jill (McClure). They have four children, Rebecca 13, Allison 11, Claire 9 and Grace 9. They make their home in Kilgore where he is with Edward Jones Investments. Reece also has a herd of cattle.
Tim has been in
Gregg is married to Angie (Mitcham). They have two children, Joshua 7 and Jacob 5. They make their home here in