Agriculture 2023: NEIL A. HOUFF
PRESIDENT AND TRANSLOADING OPERATIONS MANAGER, HOUFF CORP., WEYERS CAVE
Founded in 1975, family fertilizer business Houff Corp. expanded to provide a variety of agricultural and industrial services to farmers in the Shenandoah Valley, including crop fertilization and trucking. “We don’t fit in a box,” says Houff, president since the early 1990s. “We are a third-party logistics company that uses warehousing, rail and trucking to service our clients.”
In the past year, the company acquired 14 acres to expand its Doswell rail transload yard and is growing its soybean transload facilities in Weyers Cave. It also expanded its retail ag fertilizer and crop protection business. The corporation is owned by a family holding company, Railside Enterprises, which also owns IDM Trucking, run by Houff’s brothers. Houff has a degree in agriculture from Virginia Tech.
IF I HAD A TIME MACHINE, I’D MEET: Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. Both men were not historically the best presidents we have had, but both were true servants, humble and doing what they thought best for their people at the time. I do not see that trait in national leadership today.