Fri, 5 May 2023
OFI 1702: A Behind The Scenes Business That Keeps Farmers Running And Serves Rural Communities | Shelby Redcorn & Caleb Branson | C&S Crane And Steel
Caleb Branson and Shelby Redcorn are the owners of a business that is essential to keep production agriculture going in the U.S. and to keep their small community functioning in the Panhandle of Oklahoma where they live. Caleb has been operating cranes since he was a child, and both he and Shelby have been self-employed for their entire lives. Neither of them know anything different than getting paid when there is work and tightening the belts when there is not.
In 2017 they started C&S Crane And Steel, offering a myriad of services to farmers and other industries. From building grain storage facilities to replacing augers on bins, it is this, behind the scenes business, that is there to keep farmers going. During the interview I asked what motivates a farmer to build their own grain storage facility, and, as you would expect, it was all about giving the farmer the best chance of creating a sustainable business. But those facilities and other pieces of equipment like them could not be built if it weren't for entrepreneurs like Shelby and Caleb who have the expertise and took the risk to purchase the equipment that provides their community the ability to continually improve their operations.
There is folklore surrounding the American Farmer that brings with it a certain prestige, and deservedly so. We are all standing on someone's shoulders, and without folks like Shelby and Caleb, American Agriculture just couldn't operate and feed the world the way that it does.