Our family was established in August of 1987 when Kelly and Johnna Ornbaun married. This union brought forth two children, Lindsay, age 22 and Logan, age 20, both of whom are involved and an integral part of our farm. Our farm is a true model of a working family farm. Kelly is the primary rice grower and farm manager. He prepares the ground each spring, floods the fields with water, and then seeds the fields with rice. Kelly is also the head irrigator, managing the water levels and monitoring the vigor and growth of our rice. Like a father doting over his children, he faithfully checks our rice and water levels early each morning and every evening at dusk. At harvest Kelly attends to all the harvesting equipment making sure everything is running properly and then he mans a harvester monitoring closely the moisture and yields of our rice. Once harvest is complete and the rice is safely stored in the warehouse Kelly changes his focus to marketing. He strives to meet the needs of local, national and international customers.
Johnna takes care of the day to day business financials and the promotional marketing tasks. And as a supporting wife, lends a hand each evening by joining Kelly to check the progress and growth of the rice during the growing season. At harvest, Johnna is again at Kelly's side running a harvester for a speedy and smooth harvest season.
Lindsay, our daughter is a recent Texas Tech University graduate. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Communications. Lindsay assists on the farm in any capacity needed when she makes brief trips home. Lindsay is currently student teaching in the small community of Farwell, Texas. In her spare time she is our Texas sales representative, assisting with rice marketing in the southern states.
Logan, our son attended Butte College briefly before returning to the Ornbaun Family farm. Logan has farmed organic rice for the last 5 years, an FFA (Future Farmers of America) project which began his sophomore year of high school. Logan has been instrumental in assisting in the conversion of our farm to more organic production. He began with 20 acres and our farm now has 115 acres in organic production and by 2012 there will be more than 200 acres in organic production. In 2008 Logan was the 2008 FFA State Winner for Grain Production Entrepreneurship.
Carol is Kelly’s sister and she is the Ornbaun Family Retail Sales Specialist and Product Development Assistant. She is currently in charge of all retail connections, communications and sales. Carol has played a large role in the assistance of the product development of Ornbaun Family rice. She has done extensive taste testing of recipes and has been in charge of retail and public tasting demonstrations. She is wonderful with people and she is the Ornbaun Family go-to-person to get the job done no matter what is called for!
Carol and her daughter, Ashley Ornbaun also assist during rice harvest each year by running a tractor and grain cart, which takes the Ornbaun Family rice safely from the field to the trucks that deliver it to the warehouse for drying.
Although the unity of our family and farm began in 1987, farming has been present on both sides of our families for multiple generations. Our farming practices are a part of who we are and the reasons why we strongly support environmental stewardship. Since we were both raised in farming families; farming continues to be the focal point in our lives, the culture we truly love, and the heritage we will pass forward to future generations.