Growing up in agriculture doesn’t guarantee an easy farming career. Rob Sharkey knows this from personal experience. Although he grew up as the fifth generation to farm his family’s land, he’s had his fair share of challenges. But just like the generations before him, he is prou... Continue reading
Carl Sandburg is credited with saying, “Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”
It’s been said, “If you don’t challenge yourself, you will never realize what you can become.” In 2003, Adam Baldwin chose to accept the challenges of farming when he returned home to McPherson, Kansas.
Growing up, his dad made it clear that i... Continue reading
Personal experience is a powerful teacher. For Michelle Miller, it was what ignited her passion for farming and educating others. Michelle grew up in Wisconsin, where she was involved in 4-H. Her friend had a farm where they would ride horses and do chores after school. They mad... Continue reading
Some may see being 90 miles away from a Wal-Mart in any direction as a disadvantage, but Chris Breen of Seneca, South Dakota enjoys it. “It's peaceful out here. I like that. Other people call it the middle of nowhere, but I call it the middle of everywhere.”
Perseverance, community, tradition. For North Dakota farmer Laura Rutherford, these aren’t just words. This is her lifestyle. Raising sugarbeets, dry beans, and wheat with her husband and... Continue reading
For some, their farming career starts immediately after high school. For two men in North Dakota, the journey to full-time farmers was a little longer.
Fred Lukens grew up on a cattle and grain farm, but by the time he entered college his dad had re... Continue reading
Growing up in the suburbs, Dana Dagman never imagined she’d become a farmer. In fact, when she met her husband, Travis, they had no intention of coming back to the family farm.
After graduating from North Dakota State University, she and... Continue reading
Technology has changed our world in remarkable ways over the last century. New knowledge, touch screens, and more data are part of our everyday lives. Life on the farm is no exception. In North Dakota, the Rohrich family is proof.
They say God has a sense of humor. Looking back over the last 40 years, Wanda Patche believes it’s true.
Raised in town, Wanda was adamant she was not going to marry a farmer. “When I was in high school, my best friend lived on a farm and they had p... Continue reading
Like many young farm kids, Jonathan Olson grew up wanting to farm, following in the footsteps of three generations before him. “As a small child I loved and enjoyed farming. I was excited to have the opportunity. I grew up helping where I could.” He smiles, looking over his fami... Continue reading
Like many involved in agriculture, Brain Scott considers working on his family’s Indiana farm his passion. When he’s not working in the field with his dad, grandpa, or sons, he’s sharing his love for the lifestyle through Continue reading
It’s been said that farming isn’t a job, it’s a way of life. That’s certainly true for the Sands family in Indiana. For Scott, Jennifer and their growing family, the farming lifestyle goes back to 1846, when their family farm began. “There’s a history there for sure.” Scott refl... Continue reading
Sometimes it takes moving away to realize that home is where your heart is.
Growing up in southern Wisconsin, Shellie Zweifel was in 4-H and FFA. After high school, she packed up for Iowa State University to study agriculture. “The big dream job was... Continue reading
For the past six months, Natalina Sents, an Iowa native, has been living on the road sharing the stories of America’s farmers through blogs and photography on Beck’s Why I Farm Roadtrip. To date, Sents has interviewed more than 70 farmers throughout the Midwest and Northeast,... Continue reading
Like many farmers, Wayne Edgerton has always appreciated being connected to the land.
Although he grew up on a dairy in Wisconsin, he moved away for college and a career with the State of Minnesota, helping farmers imple... Continue reading
As family farms across the country continue from generation to generation, change is necessary. Scott Shultz, a cranberry farmer from Warrens, Wisconsin knows this well.
“I married into the family. I’ve been here about 34 years, so basically most of... Continue reading
Tucked between conventional dairy farms in north central Wisconsin is a small farm that Kat Becker and Tony Shultz have made their home. They farm for many reasons. “Our farm is called Stoney Acres Farm. We’re a certified organic, third generation family farm in Marathon County.... Continue reading
Farming hasn’t been always been easy for Bryan Kuntz or his dad, Keith.
At 12 years old, Keith got his start farming in southeast Iowa after his father passed. He went on to attend Iowa State and came back to the Oakville area to farm with his brothe... Continue reading
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