Pork

Rick Hopper is a cattleman who has followed in his dad and grandad's footsteps of farming. Born and raised in Pitts, Rick started farming before he graduated high school. He started with a small herd of cattle, grew watermelons, and alongside his father started growing their hay business. He also received his welding degree. Now, he has Black & Red Angus cattle herds along with feeding out steers and helping with the hay crop. He is excited to add a meat processing facility to the list of things that keep him busy and hopes it will be a great attribute to Pitts and the surrounding areas. Rick recently married Leanne, formerly of Hartwell, Ga, who is also excited to join this joint venture. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 2019 and Masters of Agribusiness in 2020. She works for the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts as a Regional Program Manager for Southwest Ga and will be helping to oversee the administrative and bookkeeping aspects. In their free time, Rick and Leanne enjoy traveling the country (hauling cattle) and riding their horses. They reside in Pitts with their dog, Remi.