When he was very young, Tayton Terry remembers riding a tricycle around his parents’ equipment dealership, dragging a broom behind him in order to “help” sweep. That dealership—Terry Implement Co., Inc. in Galatin, Mo.—helped shape who Tayton is and what he wants to do with his life. “My passion is tractors and agriculture. Ever since I was a small child, I watched and learned how to interact with farmers and customers, and I’ve always enjoyed it,” says Tayton. “It’s been a very integral part of my life.”
It comes as no surprise, then, that he is currently a freshman at Northwest Missouri State University, in Maryville, Mo., studying for a four-year degree in agricultural business. To help him with that goal, he’s been awarded a scholarship from the Equipment Dealers Foundation, which has been matched by Terry Implement. “I’m so thankful for this awesome scholarship,” Tayton says. “I’m eager to learn all I can and help our business thrive, and stay in the ag industry for the rest of my life.”
Hard Work Pays Off
While he’s working toward his Bachelor’s degree, Tayton is also keeping his hand in agriculture. In fact, when we caught up with him by phone, he took the call from the cab of a tractor, as he was cutting soybeans. When he arrived at school, he set out to find a part-time job at a nearby farm. “I think you’ve got to work for what you have, and I don’t like to rely on my parents,” he says. “’I’ve never been scared of hard work, and I enjoy being around the farm.”
Tayton’s work ethic has been on display since he was young. In 2016, he started a used car business, which he says helped him learn how to repair and improve vehicles and work with customers. In addition, he has worked at Terry Implement throughout his teens, starting with setting up equipment and then moving into the parts department. “My father told me, ‘If you know parts, you’ll know everything about the dealership,’” Tayton adds.
After college, he wants to return to his family’s dealership, which has two locations, and become the third generation to work there. His grandfather, Walter Junior Terry, started the dealership in 1959, and Tayton looks forward to carrying on the family tradition by joining his parents, Brice and Cydney Terry. “I’ve always looked up to my parents,” he says. “I respect their work ethic. My dad’s always been my hero. He’s a hard worker—there are days I can’t even keep up with him. And my mom takes on more than most people know.”
Tayton is choosing a career in agriculture because he believes there will always be a need—in good times or bad. “The dealership is my favorite place,” he says. “I think farmers are this nation’s backbone, and they do a lot more than people know. I like serving them and helping them get back in the field—they’re good people.”
About the Scholarship
The EDF was established in 1988 to provide scholarship funding to help meet the industry’s needs for trained individuals. EDF also provides temporary assistance for dealerships and its employees affected by natural disasters. Learn more about EDF here.