Iott Ranch & Orchard, Inc.: Kerry (Butch) Iott

How many acres do you farm for Red Gold?

140

How many acres do you farm?

1050

How many years has this farm been in your family?

47

What do you like best about growing tomatoes?

The smell!!! Tomatoes smell better than cabbage.

What awards or special recognition have you received for your tomato farming?

My father has received various tomato recognition awards since 1962. We received Red Gold's Master Grower award in 1998, 2003 and 2005. He was also one of the first farmers east of the Mississippi to purchase a mechanical tomato harvester.

How many members of your family are involved in your tomato growing operation?

Four-Myself Kerry (Butch) Iott, my sister Kim Iott and her husband Roger Duncan and my sister Katrina Iott.

What kind of dog do you have?

Jack Russell Terrier

What's your dog's name?

Bandit

What do you think about while you're on the tractor?

Turning off my cell phone

Describe how you feel when you see a field of healthy Red Gold tomatoes?

Very Proud

How did you learn to grow tomatoes?

From my father. He is very inventive and likes to experiment with new things.