Louisiana Strong: Layers of Support Contribute to Tap Parker's Success

By Carroll Smith, Cotton Farming Magazine

Thomas “Tap” Parker says he always loved everything about farming but did not step into a large, multi-generational operation. His mother and father, Marie “Tweet” and Bill, owned 300 acres of farmland near Lake Providence, Louisiana, along with a small gas station and fuel distributorship. “After my father died when I was 12 years old, my mom rented the farm to Troyce Dukes, a local farmer who worked it until I graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1985 with a degree in ag business,” Parker says.