Who we are
Our family farm began in 1938 with W.P. Hunter, our grandfather. He leased and cleared 40 acre tracts to grow cotton. He managed with great efficiency and immediately expanded his operation to a cotton gin, fertilizer warehouse, general store, and grain storage. He shut the cotton gin down in 1977 when margins were too tight to operate economically.
Fast forward to 1999. Will Hunter graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in agricultural economics and came back to Sikeston, farming 160 acres of the family ground and running the grain elevator. When Laura Collins graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in agricultural business in 2003, we formed Willow & Co.
Today, we farm 6,500 acres of cotton, rice, soybeans, and corn in Stoddard, Scott, and New Madrid counties on our family ground and some rented ground. We also expanded our grain facility at our grandfather’s cotton gin location to 665,000 bushels worth of storage capacity.
27943 State Highway Y East
Bell City, MO 63735