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From SUNY Cobleskill to the Farm, Pastor Francis Traces Educational Roots to Coby


Faces of Faith: Farmer, pastor, ambassador for Christ

Background: He's the fifth-generation on the family farm in Berne, a great-great-grandson of William Turner who started it in 1876. He studied agricultural business at SUNY Cobleskill and graduated from SUNY Oneonta where he studied economics and history. He has a master's of ministry from International Seminary. He and his wife of 53 years, Evelyn, were high school sweethearts. They have six children, 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, all living within a few miles.

This has been quite a summer. How is it going on the farm?

In July we were putting in hay on about 90 acres, with small square bales, by hand in a heat wave. Then came four weeks of rain. We finally got some dry weather and have a lot of second and third cutting to do. A couple of my sons and some grandsons are helping me. I have 65 acres and rent an additional 100. I used to have more land but sold it off. We had dairy, but now beef, mostly Hereford. Farming is capital intensive. Equipment is expensive. You've got to be a good business manager. There's a lot of weather extremes.

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