These lessons, along with knowledge gained, combined with a strong sense of heritage have served Sonny well. Tending the fields with his father were times both held dear; Growing up learning the lessons of his father, the former North Carolina Young Farmer of the Year was set on following in the family footsteps.After a time away from the family farm while serving a tour of duty in the United States Army Reserve, Sonny returned to the roots that ran ever so deep on the farm.Harvesting more than 3,200 acres of sweet potatoes and over 4,000 acres of tobacco and other crops each year, the fruits of that labor have led to the modernization of the family farm to one of GPS guidance systems on tractors and computer-operated packing lines.
Working with his father and the heritage of his ancestors that farmed the same land, Linwood, III has emerged as one of the most respected farmers in the country.
Winning the United States National Young Farmer of the Year award in 2000 sets him in an elite class, but humility and focus on being the best farmer, husband, father, and citizen he can be is his true driving force.
Today, Scott Farms ranks as one of the largest farms in the region at more than 14,000 acres in farmland.
Expansion in sweet potato production and modernization of farms have been in the forefront of agriculture in recent years. The construction of the new technology-driven packing facility on the family farm, eight miles southwest of Wilson, is one of the many things being done to ensure growth of the farm for generations to come.
Taking the reigns of creating an environment at Scott Farms where hard work is rewarded and quality is the standard, Linwood, III is also setting the stage for future growth.
Like his father and brother, Dewey is no stranger to hard work and dedication.Farm land expansion followed, new crops were added, and by the end of 1985 the vision was becoming reality.It all began to take shape when the traditionally tobacco-and-soybean-based farm took the leap into the sweet potato farming realm.Enjoying the freedoms he fought to preserve and the ones farm life provided, Linwood, Sr.carried the torch for growth in agriculture while maintaining the balance of hard work and family.The graduate of Barton College and the North Carolina State University CALS’ Leadership Development Program rejoined the family farm in 1996.