Transcript for How this family is preserving their farming legacy
family and perseverance. There are more than 2 million farmers in the U.S. And down in Louisiana we met a father of two and former stockbroker dropped everything to preserve his family's legacy. At 3, 4 years old I knew my place in this world. Reporter: For Eddie Lewis III, it's in his roots. I was raised on the farm with pigs, cows, okra, corn, the commercial crop we grow today sugar cane. Reporter: A fifth generation sugar cane farmer producing 5 million pounds of sugar a year on the land his family owns. After Eddie's father passed away eight years ago while working in the fields -- The next day I quit my stockbroker job and said, look, my dad passed away. I want to get back into the family business and make sure I save my dad's crop. Reporter: He and his two brothers caring on the legacy. I don't want his hard work to be taken for granted. I want to make sure it's here for years and years and years. It's my job to continue what he couldn't. Because I feel like if he was still here to this day, he would have still been doing what I'm doing actually. Reporter: Right now Eddie is wrapping up planting season. We're hoping that this one stalk turns into about ten. That's the name of the game. Reporter: And is in the midst. The vital harvesting season. It's very crucial that we get the job done in and out every day. Reporter: From sunrise to sunset, American farmers like the Lewis family face unpredictable weather and dangerous conditions. There's all different kind of challenges we face on a daily basis, breakdown, you got to go with the market, go with the weather. Reporter: To supplyhe food on our kitchen tables. This job is not meant for everyone. But the people who dedicate themselves to doing it end up making it worth their while. Reporter: Beyond the challenges of mother nature, big corporations and modern technology have put pressure on family owned farms to compete. The new farmers coming in from the mill, those guys are growing for frost for the mills so they don't care if they take out the little guy. Reporter: African-American farmers in particular have felt the burden. The Lewis family says they've seen it firsthand. The Lewis farms is about 25 to 2700 acres in our rotation, 20, 30 years ago when my grandpa was farming it there was a lot more acre. Reporter: According to the usda less than 2% of farmers in the U.S. Are African-American. There's probably about four African-American farmers left. Probably about 20, 30 years ago they had about 40, 50. It brings a great sense of pride to me because my grandfather and my family and my dad preserved that. Reporter: Now Eddie is sowing the sides for generations to come hoping to continue to reap a rich tradition of the American farmer. I hit the field, get on my tractor. No matter what problem I run into it won't be big had you have to stop me. If you put in the hard work and dedication you'll succeed That's a salute to the American farmer. My producer, Nicole, went down to Louisiana and said life is sweeter in Louisiana. So inspiring. The food on our tables because of farmers like that. Hard work behind it. That's right.
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