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Man featured in 'Farmers for America' documentary


December 10, 2017

AUGUSTA, W.Va. (AP) — Calvin Riggleman, 36, got his start in farming the way many do.

He grew up on his family's multigenerational farm in Hampshire County, working in his grandparents' orchard.

"It's something I did all the time, and it was never like I had to go to work," he said. "It's something I enjoyed."

When Riggleman graduated from high school, not much had changed at the family fruit stand — an offshoot of the orchard — since the 1940s. And the industry that had sustained his family since before the American Revolution was becoming less reliable.

Despite this and pressure to...

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