Reality Show Helps Farmers Find Love

'Farmer Wants a Wife' Aims to Help Farmers Find Love, Showcase Life on the Farm

Susan Payne
By  Susan Payne , DTN Social Media and Young Farmer Editor
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North Carolina rancher Ryan Black is looking for love on the "Farmer Wants a Wife" TV series. (Photo courtesy of Ryan Black)

OMAHA (DTN) -- Broadcast TV channels and streaming services are filled with reality dating shows such as "The Bachelor," "Love Island" and "Love Is Blind" that attempt to help singles from different walks of life find love. Now, a show premiering on Fox this Wednesday evening is giving several farmers a chance to meet their potential spouses while also showcasing life on the farm.

Four farmers will search for love in the TV series "Farmer Wants a Wife" hosted by Grammy Award-winning country singer Jennifer Nettles. The show airs at 8 p.m. CST Wednesdays on Fox.

Although new to Fox, other versions of "Farmer Wants a Wife" have previously aired internationally in 32 countries, resulting in 180 marriages and 410 children, according to a news release.

The latest U.S. version of the show follows four hardworking farmers in search of real, lasting love from women who want to leave the city life behind and experience love and life on the farm.

From tending to the land, feeding cattle, baling hay and learning business operations, the show will test how far the women are willing to go for love.


-- Ryan Black, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, owns a 44-acre ranch. He spends his time breeding and training horses and is passionate about competing.

"I grew up in the cowboy lifestyle, third generation here. From a small child, I thought, in order to be a man, I had to be a cowboy!" Black told DTN via Facebook Messenger.

Joining the show was an easy decision for Black.

"The authenticity and success of the show played a major influence in my decision. I am extremely glad I took the opportunity," Black said. "I think all our farmers and ranchers should support us as we are authentic and we heavily support farming, ranching and cowboying. It's a lifestyle that some grow up in. For us ... it's a life!"

-- Cattle rancher Allen Foster, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, owns a 200-acre ranch. He enjoys hunting and fishing, riding horses and driving ATVs.

-- Hunter Grayson, from Georgia, is a cattle and horse rancher. He graduated from Northeastern Oklahoma and Athens Technical College. A lover of music, Grayson is in a band called Hunter Grayson & The Hat Creek Band.

-- Landon Heaton, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, is a cattle rancher and farmer who owns a ranch and farmland in Alva, Oklahoma. He enjoys training golden retrievers and bow hunting.

Together, these farmers will embark on a journey to find love among 32 women participants.

With hope to find love this season, Black said, "I value a woman with strength, love for life, feminine and passion."

"Farmer Wants a Wife" is produced by Eureka Productions. Paul Franklin ("The Real Dirty Dancing," "Name That Tune"), Chris Culvenor ("The Mole," "The Real Dirty Dancing," "Name That Tune"), Eden Gaha ("MasterChef," "The Real Love Boat") and David Tibballs ("The Mole," "Finding Magic Mike") serve as executive producers.

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