For me, it’s the peacefulness of being in the middle of the field with the sun beating down on a hot harvest day, waiting quietly in the grain truck for the next load and listening to nothing but the buzz of the grasshoppers and the hum of the combines in the background. The pride of taking off the crop that is your livelihood is inexplicable. First there is the race against time and nature, and then relief of every acre being in the bin. And when it’s all over, anticipation begins to do it all again next year. It truly is a lifestyle, and I may not have thought it at the time, but I am so grateful to have grown up that way.
For Chris Renwick, farming isn’t just his career. It’s part of his family’s legacy. And continuing that legacy is a profound source of pride for this seventh-generation farmer.
Jill Burkhardt’s reason for being a proud agvocate is simple: she couldn’t imagine her life without being involved in agriculture.
To say that Amy VanderHeide has a lot on her plate would be quite an understatement.