Texas farmers make cotton harvest possible for ailing neighbor

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A community is more than just the collection of people around you, it’s a support system as well.

That was on full display recently when a community of farmers in Texas pooled their resources to help a friend in need in an immense outpouring of support.

Robert Nixon, farmer: “He’d do it for us, so that’s why we did it for him.”

Greg Bishop is a friend, a father, and a farmer in Floyd County. A county where farmers get the job done, not just for themselves, but for each other.

In September, Greg Bishop was diagnosed with leukemia. Knowing he wouldn’t be able to harvest his own cotton, fellow farmers pulled together their resources to get it done for him.

Dave Carthel, friend of Greg Bishop: “We all got together, with quite a bit of planning beforehand to gather a friend and neighbors crop.”

Robert Nixon, farmer: “We probably had anywhere from 300 to 400 acres and we started around 10 o’clock and a little before three we were done. I mean we had that many people. It was just overwhelming how many showed up.” 

Over 20 machines, and millions of dollars worth of equipment, were brought in to make Greg’s harvest possible.

So many farmers wanted to help out they eventually had to turn some away.

Dave Carthel, friend of Greg Bishop: “It was a real neat experience. I hadn’t ever been a part of anything like that before. So we were all glad to do it for him. He’s got a rough road ahead, and he’s got a lot more worries down the road than just getting his crop in so we were all just real glad to do it and I was glad to be a part of it.”

A lot of big hearts. All in all more than 600 total acres of cotton were harvested for Greg Bishop.

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