United States of America – Jay Smith
Jay is a farmer, owner, and manager of 2890 acres (1170 hectares) in east central Indiana. The current farm operation devotes approximately half of the acreage to soybean production and half to corn production.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education from Purdue University in 1969. After teaching Vocational Agriculture and serving as a Young Farmer Association and Future Farmers of America advisor for three years, Jay purchased his first 260 acres of farmland in 1971. The farming operation expanded to its present acreage in steady increments and operated a farrow to finish hog operation for 16 years.
Although Jay’s occupation as a classroom Agriculture teacher ended in 1975, he has continued to share his knowledge and love of agriculture by serving as a consultant and technical advisor both in the United States and abroad. He has assisted clients of the Farmers Home Administration as they tried to improve financial planning and decision making skills. He has been a mentor to six international agricultural interns from France and one from Romania, and has completed 44 consulting projects in eight countries. These projects involving hog production, crop production, and farm planning and management have assisted farmers in the Kingdom of Swaziland, Bolivia, Latvia, Ukraine, Angola, Lithuania, France, Bulgaria, and Romania. Jay has also been privileged to share his experiences and passion for agriculture as a guest speaker in primary schools, agricultural colleges, and agricultural congresses throughout his travels. His love for farming, travel, and people has been combined in his study and observation of agriculture in sixty-two countries.
In 2001 Jay started purchasing land in Romania. He has created Pleasant View Farms, SRL and has purchased and leased land to form a 990 hectare (2445 acre) farm in Braila County Romania. The production on this Romanian farm includes corn, soybeans, canola, wheat, barley, beer barley, and sunflowers.