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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Rob and Emily Sharkey

March 09, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Lawrence & Meredith Bernard

March 05, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

Carl Sandburg is credited with saying, “Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”

 

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Adam and Kim Baldwin

February 11, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm: Michelle Miller

February 03, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Chris Breen

January 30, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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.”

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Laura Rutherford

January 29, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Scott Huso and Fred Lukens

January 09, 2017
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Dana Dagman

December 21, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Rohrich Farms

December 20, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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.


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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Wanda Patsche

December 17, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Jonathan and Carolyn Olson

December 15, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Brian Scott

December 13, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Scott and Jenn Sands

December 07, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Shellie Zweifel

December 06, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Reflections From the Road: Honoring America's Farmers on Why I Farm Roadtrip

December 05, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Carrie Mess

December 02, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

Carrie Mess has always been an animal lover, but growing up as a city kid, she never imagined that she’d become known by so many as Dairy Carrie.


“I had no farm background whatsoever. I wa... Continue reading

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Wayne Edgerton

November 30, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Scott & Amber Shultz

November 29, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Kat Becker and Tony Shultz

November 25, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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

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Why I Farm Roadtrip: Bryan Kuntz

November 23, 2016
Category: Why I Farm Roadtrip

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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