After Completing an undergraduate degree in Management at UNLV and earning a PGA Golf Professional status, Austin Rea felt a calling to come back home and do something he never thought would ever interest him, farming. Austin Rea is a veteran and served 8 years in The Army National Guard as a Cavalry Scout and Combat Engineer. He was honorably discharged after completing his service in 2013.
Upon coming home in 2013 Austin had few resources at his disposal. The farm operated two 8450 Hesston sickle bar swathers, a 2190 Hesston square baler with a few Darf rakes. At that time the farm baled only a hundred and ten acres just east of Filer, Idaho. Through meeting his neighbors, shaking a hand, and standing behind his work Austin has developed this small family farm into an operation that now custom farms over 5000 acres. This year alone Hay Junction and crew has baled over 25000 ton of hay. “We take care of our equipment, our employees and we keep a clean farm,” Austin says in an interview. Farming is no easy task. “A farmer is the ultimate entrepreneur, I see these farmers around me and they are so genuine, these farmers are humble and generous, I could have not done it alone. I am proud to be a part of this community and I hope it can be proud of me someday.” Austin, his wife Oksana and two children are living proof that perspiration is what it takes to make the seed grow.