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Julie S. Bettinger

There is a certain awe in Larron Copeland’s voice when he talks about the day his orange and white English Pointer, Showtime Sam Houston, earned the esteem of his namesake.

Julie S. Bettinger

“There’s not a farmer around who’s been farming more than five minutes who doesn’t know about the Farm Service Agency,” Gibbs said.

Four men are gathered in the middle of a cow pasture near Whigham, Georgia. It’s midmorning on a Tuesday in early June and Tom, a rescue dog, is nearby. He’s panting heavily, his broad pink tongue a...