Town & Country
Name: Scott Moody
In the Country: Scott is a third generation farmer on the land that his grandfather worked in Fulton County Arkansas. The family – granddad John Moody, Jr., father Michael Moody and Scott – still raise registered Polled Hereford cattle with about 50 momma cows.
In Town: Scott is a flight paramedic with Air Evac Lifeteam in West Plains, Mo. He has been involved in EMS for almost 20 years, completing his Emergency Medical Technician training when he was still in high school.
Family: Wife, Stephanie; sons, Matthew, 9 and Brice, 5; Parents, Dr. Michael and Barbara Moody; Grandfather, John Moody, Jr.
How do you make farming and a full-time job work?
“It’s just something that has to be done and seems to work out,” he reasoned. “As a flight paramedic I work 24-hour shifts and usually complete about 10 shifts a month. So realistically I should have about 20 days a month to work on the farm. It doesn’t seem like there’s that many, but I do have some full days at home to work on fence, move and work cattle or work in the hay field."
What would your No. 1 improvement at the farm be?
“Honestly, I’d like to be able to farm full-time,” chuckled Scott. “I think the best improvement would be someone who can be there full time. Otherwise, there are always improvements that can be made, whether to working facilities, to feeders and waterers, to hay production."
What do you say to youth wanting to farm?
“I think the most important thing would be to take it slow. Hopefully they would have family involved in farming and could begin to work with them and learn the ropes. Grow into the operation you want. With me for example, this is third generation farming that’s working. I couldn’t do what I do now with the family farm without the support of my granddad and dad.”
By OFN Staff