NAME: Dick Wittman
FARM: Wittman Farms
LOCATION: Lapwai, Idaho
YEARS NO-TILLING/DIRECT-SEEDING: 27
ACRES: 10,000 crop; 10,000 pasture & timber
CROPS: Spring wheat, winter wheat, barley, canola, peas, garbanzo beans, mustard, winter rapeseed, Austrian winter peas, grass and alfalfa hay
We’re not farmers, ranchers or loggers — we’re resource managers. That’s one of many mindset shifts our family has made as we transition from generation to generation farming wildly varying terrain near Lewiston, Idaho.
HARVEST TIME CRITICAL. With 10,000 acres of up to nine cash crops to harvest each year in a timely manner, Dick Wittman (second from left) says creating diverse rotations has dramatically improved the quality of their no-tilled soils.
We have a long tradition of being committed to environmental stewardship, including using direct-seeding (no-till) built around key core family and business values of stewardship, conservation, community service and the importance of faith and family.
Each generation has improved upon the land and family business structure. There is a solid team committed to running the farm professionally.
People earn their roles based on merit, not entitlement, and those roles are mutually respected.
My parents’ generation made it possible for our generation to be the first with college educations. Many of the family members running the farm have…