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Nov

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Iowa FARMER, Bryan Kuntz

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 brother.

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Oct

2016

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip: Vermont Farmer, Joanna Lidback

Joanna Lidback’s Jersey herd started with a 4-H project “gone wild.” What began as childhood lessons in science and responsibility eventually evolved into a passion.


For a while, Joanna farmed with her brother. After recognizing their different styles and ideas, they decided to pursue their goals separately. “One thing I’ve learned, and I take it with me in my consulting business is sometimes you have to know when it’s the right time to say, ‘No, this isn’t going to work. Let’s salvage our sibling relationship, in this case, and move on and do our own thing.’ That’s what’s important to me.” Joanna smiles. “It worked. We’ve been closer than ever since we went our separate ways.”

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Oct

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Maine FARMERS, Jenni & Dana Flood

The Flood family has a rich history of farming near Clinton, Maine spanning more than 200 years. “The original property was deeded to an ancestor by King George," Jenni Tilton-Flood beams. "It moved through different wings of the family, but there was always somebody here, subsistence farming.”

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Sep

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Kentucky FARMERS, Jim & Jimmy Gilles

Jim Gilles and his father, Jimmy, raise corn, soybeans, hay, tobacco and beef cattle near Owensboro, Kentucky. As the family farm has grown and become more diverse, they’ve found their passions through the challenges farming invites them to live up to. Each crop provides opportunities to grow and improve.

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Oct

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Therapeutic Thursday

After three days of rain across the Midwest, patience might be wearing thin, especially since we're in the peak of harvest. And, if you're having yields like my dad in central Indiana, it's one of the best harvests he's ever had, and might ever see in his lifetime. But big yields means a slower harvest. Longer lines at the grain terminal. More days in the field. And more time relying on patience. Something that isn't easy for my family.

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Aug

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Through the Lens of Scripture

I became closer to God today. Why? Because of one Indiana farmer who was unconditionally honest. When I started blogging about the Why I Farm movement, I made a promise to you - I would share how this journey has affected me. But what I didn’t realize is just how much my perspective on life would transform.


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23

Jul

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Passing on a Legacy

A couple weeks ago, my dad and I had what I like to call a father-daughter date. It wasn’t planned. But to me, those are the best kind. With my mom out-of-town and my brother with friends, dad and I were on our own for dinner. Over barbecue sandwiches at Famous Dave’s, we laughed about our day, talked crops, the weather, and my travels. Then on our way back, as we rounded the last turn to the farm dad asked me a question.

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Jan

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #11: Loretta Lyons, Tompkinsville, KY

This past October I had the honor to interview a very special woman from southern Kentucky. She’s fierce like a tiger, but gentle as a lamb. With a heart of gold and the courage of a lion, Loretta Lyons of Tompkinsville, KY overcame a loss to become the true epitome of a farmer. What are you waiting for? Follow me to southern Kentucky, right on the Tennessee border to the farm of Hade’s Triple “K” Dairy.

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Jan

2014

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #10: Martin Marr, New Berlin, IL

No guts, No glory. A saying I learned early in life and one I’ve strived to live by. For as long as I can remember, this is something my parents have truly embodied. And if they ever doubted themselves, it never showed.

They taught me to have grit, take a few risks, and have confidence. I’ve learned that life will knock you down, probably more than once, but it’s not the number of times you fall, it’s how you get back up.

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Jan

2014

The Great Outdoors With Mike Roux

Start'Em Out Right Hunting

Author: Mike Roux

Today I want to take a look at hunting in its purest form, through the eyes of a child. There are two ways that we can collect data on a child's perception of hunting. The first way is to remember. Take yourself back to the days when even a morning rabbit hunt was as big an adventure as an African Safari. The second way is much more precise. Just ask a kid.

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16

Dec

2013

Field Stories

Known For Something

We are all known for something. Even if we go out of our way to not stand out in a crowd. Some of us desire to be known for something. Maybe it’s our athletic ability, intelligence, job title, role in the family, being the best mom or dad we can be, or a superior businessman or woman. While others seem to be content to sit on the sidelines and to be obscure, even somewhat mysterious. But even if you try not to be known for anything, then you may be known as humble.

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Dec

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

A Company With A Heartbeat

Faith. Christianity. God. Normally you wouldn’t see these words on a company blog, but I can type them proudly. And it’s not just because I am a Christian. It’s because I work for a family-owned company, Beck’s Hybrids. Maybe you don’t remember from my first blog, but I absolutely love my job. Not only do I love what I do, I love who I work for, what the Beck family stands for, and how they’re not afraid to share their beliefs.

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Nov

2013

Field Stories

Life Of A Traveling Salesman

I’m Ryan McAllister and I’ve been an agronomist with Beck’s in IN and OH. Currently, I am a Farm Business Advisor for Beck’s selling seed and working with large farmers over 5,000 acres in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

So what is this blog intended to become? I don’t know. That’s the fun part. I’ll probably talk about these very unique things that happen to me during my life as a traveling seed salesman. There are always things to learn, even life lessons, through these encounters that I have too. So I’ll be sharing some of those as well.

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Oct

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Time for a Rest Stop

It’s time for another rest stop. And this time, I’m taking you to one of my favorite places – harvest. On Sunday, September 22, I looked up into the bright blue sky, closed my eyes, and took a deep breath. A sweet smell wrapped up in a cool breeze swept across my face. And just for a minute the world stopped turning. 

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Sep

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #8 - Steve Sowers, Colchester, IL

I don’t run machinery. I’m not an agronomist. And fixing equipment, that’s what dad’s are for, right? But I do know one thing. I’m deeply passionate about our family farm. When I moved home nearly three years ago, it was to start a new job at Beck’s Hybrids. But moving home wasn’t just to start a new job; it was to be with family and to be near the farm.

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Sep

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #6 - Allen Ett, Ashville, OH

I’m guilty. No, I didn’t commit a crime, although I did eat a small container of cookie dough ice cream last weekend. It’s equal to like two scoops, right? What I am guilty of is working on Sundays.

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Sep

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #5 - Aaron Johnson, Orleans, IN

I’ll be the first to admit, and I’m sure my husband will agree, having patience isn’t one of my best attributes. It’s something, that over the years, I’ve had to cultivate. And even though I firmly believe I acquired this trait from my dad, he is also one of the most patient people I know.

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Aug

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Time for a Rest Stop

It’s time for a rest stop. And if you’re like me on a long road trip, you need time to stretch your legs, grab a drink of water, and maybe even an ice cream cone. But I’m not going to take you to just any rest stop; I’m going to take you to the greatest spectacle in the agriculture industry - Farm Progress Show.

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Aug

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #4 - Bryon Coffman, Moweaqua, IL

As I looked side to side, my eyes couldn’t reach far enough. Bright orange with a hint of red and purple, it was absolutely breathtaking. The sky was like a hot burner on a stove and the longer it heated the more orange it became. In my 28 years, I’ve never witnessed a sunset like I did on one Friday evening this past July.
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Aug

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

Tour Stop #3 - Scott Smith, Windfall, IN

It’s been six years since I became a graduate of Purdue University. Since then I’ve traveled more times than I can remember, moved to two different states, changed jobs three times, encountered numerous challenges, and had some of the best moments of my life.

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