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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: UTAH FARMERs, Kelby & Kathie Iverson

With their faith and family leading the way, Kelby and Kathie Iverson are building a legacy on their ranch in southern Utah. Both grew up with farming and ranching backgrounds, and are eager to raise their own six children with traditions of hard work and love of the land.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Idaho FARMERs, Jay & Chyenne Smith

Growing up, Jay Smith was always told he could never ranch. Before they met, his wife, Chyenne got an art degree and started a construction company doing decorative concrete floors because it wasn’t possible to make a living riding horses. For years, people said ranching simply wasn’t in their cards.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: Montana FARMERS, Harry & Ellen Allen

When she was just 19 years old, Ellen Allen’s father passed away. He left her Pocket Creek Ranch in southern Montana, and she was determined to carry on his legacy.

“Dad had such dreams for this place.” She says with a sentimental smile. “It wasn't really mom's cup of tea too much because she had been an Illinois farm girl and she loved fertile land. This place was a little dry and a little rough for her.”

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: MONTANA FARMER, Justin Hamilton

When he was a senior in high school, Justin Hamilton’s family moved to a new irrigated ranch near Columbus, Montana. His parents also owned the ACE Hardware store in town. Early in his career, Justin worked all day at the store and did ranch work at night.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Washington FARMER, Front Porch Farm

Tucked in the mountains of northeast Washington, a little antique shop welcomes visitors to Front Porch Farm. Further down the lane lies the small diversified farm that Dee Acheson and his wife, Liz started nearly 20 years ago.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - WYOMING FARMER, Carol Greet

The Greet family is proud to have four generations on their centennial ranch near Ten Sleep, Wyoming. While old farms and ranches can be found across the country, the Greet’s place is especially unique.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Wyoming farmers, Tony and Linda Schiffer

Tony and Linda Schiffer live, work and play in agriculture as a team. In addition to their own ranch, they represent Superior Livestock, are active in industry organizations, and enjoy team roping. They both grew up in ranching families, and have continued in that way of life as adults.

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Jul

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - COLORADO FARMERs, Johh & Janell Reid

More than 40 years ago, John and Janell Reid started their life together outside of Ordway, Colorado. They met at Colorado State University, and were ready to join the ranch John’s parents purchased about 20 years prior.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Oklahoma FARMER, Jean Lam

After spending five years away from the family farm, Jean Lam returned to Pauls Valley, Oklahoma to continue her family’s tradition of caring for cattle and row crops.

“I went to college for four years and then lived in Washington D.C. for a year. After that, I moved home and realized that I didn't want to go to law school. I wanted to farm. That's my passion.” Jean smiles.

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - IDAHO FARMER, NATHAN ASHCRAFT

Author: Nate Rottero

Nathan Ashcraft has a lot of memories on his family’s farm near Sugar City, Idaho. It’s where he grew up. And now, he’s raising his family, and diverse range of crops.

After getting a Ag Systems degree at Utah State, Nathan wasn’t sure he was ready to come home. But, looking back, he’s thankful he did. 

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Jun

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Tennessee FARMERs, Ben & Lauren Neale

Lauren Neale grew up in Iowa, but didn’t have a background in agriculture or livestock. In fact, she didn’t fall in love with agriculture until a summer internship took her west to Montana.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - South Carolina FARMER, Chris Sumpter

When his grandfather was forced to retire after a stroke, Chris Sumpter was suddenly given the chance to farm. He was only 18 years old. As the fourth generation on the farm with a lot of success in both 4-H and FFA, Chris felt he was up to the challenge.

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May

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Missouri FARMERs, Matt and Kate Lambert

On any given day, three generations of Lamberts can be found caring for their land and livestock near Brookfield, Missouri. Often, there’s even a fourth generation soaking it all in. “I grew up here. Dad actually started this farm.” Matt explains, sitting in the office of the home farm where he spends countless hours working alongside his dad and grandpa.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Georgia FARMER, Rodney Miller

Rodney Miller has had success as a basketball coach, business man, and host of the popular TV show, Small Town Big Deal. Today, he lives hundreds of miles away from the row crop farm where he grew up. Through it all, agriculture has been his passion. Now a Georgia resident, he’s still an Illinois farm boy at heart.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Arizona FARMER, Jeff Knobloch

Jeff Knobloch grew up on a farm in Minnesota where his dad raised corn, soybeans and cattle. As a kid, Jeff participated in 4-H and FFA. He’s always enjoyed agriculture, but about two years ago, his dad sold the farm. “That's kinda how I ended up here.” Jeff says looking over the irrigated acres he cares for at Riverview’s Coronado Farm.

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Mar

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Carolina FARMERS, Lawrence & Meredith Bernard

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

 

Meredith Bernard grew up in the country and her parents worked in agriculture, but she never planned to live on a North Carolina farm. After getting degrees in animal science and ag education, she began traveling for her job in feed sales. Her interest in horses helped her connect with the clients she encountered. While out in the country side, Meredith met a cattleman named Lawrence who helped her get back in the saddle after a bad riding accident.

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Feb

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Kansas FARMERS, Adam and Kim Baldwin

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.

  

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Jan

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Dakota FARMER, Chris Breen

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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Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - INDIANA FARMERS, Scott & Jenn Sands

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 reflects. “I am the seventh generation, so William and Quinn will be the eighth generation on the farm.”

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Nov

2016

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - Illinois Farmer & Veteran, Matt Swanson

Raised on a family farm in Illinois, veteran Matt Swanson always knew he wanted to return someday, but wasn’t sure when it would happen. After being medically retired from the military in 2008, he’s thankful for the experiences that shaped his outlook as a farmer.

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