Diversification. It looks different on every farm, but today it has become a common practice to stay profitable and maintain an operation. For some, it may look like a seed or chemical dealership. For others, it’s growing a niche crop. For one farmer in Iowa, it is investing in an unexpected sector of agriculture for the cool temperatures and saltless waters of the Midwest – shrimp farming.
Categories: CropTalk, 2021
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Farmers deal with so much out of their control – weather extremes, commodity prices, land values. With these factors in play, stress is not hard to fi nd on a farm. But that does not mean that farmers should have to bottle up their stress and anxiety until it starts wearing on their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Categories: CropTalk, 2020
Tags: CropTalk, farming takes hope
It's too good to be true. It sounds like a gimmick.
Many farmers have these sentiments when they first hear about Beck’s Commitment Rewards program, but how do those feelings change as they begin to take advantage of the program?
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People leave the comfort of their homes to participate in mission trips with hopes to impact other’s lives. They travel to third-world countries, build houses, teach school, and share God’s word. Although the effect they have on those they are serving is great, many times, it is the one serving that experiences the biggest life change.
Tags: CropTalk, freedom international, community talk
Farming is a moving target. Whether it is extreme weather conditions, tough-to-control weeds, or changes in technology, there is something to learn every year. To help you navigate these topics and fi nd ways to increase ROI year-after-year, you’re invited to discover the number one agronomic resource — Beck’s Practical Farm Research (PFR)® — at Becknology™ Days 2020.
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Friends and family gathered by the pool on a hot July day. Kids played and splashed while the adults laughed and shared stories. It was your average Midwest get together until the unthinkable happened.
Tags: CropTalk, community talk, CPR, Mrs Indiana
When you have a community of people willing to guide you and lend a helping hand, a positive attitude, and a true passion for what you do, you can accomplish anything. That is what I learned from two young farmers who were both top ten finalists for the National Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award.
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For most, the words “super” and “bowl” together bring memories of hot wings, outrageous halftime shows, or funny commercials. But here at Beck’s, these words make us think of one of our favorite small seeds — alfalfa!
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When you think of non-GMO, one word that may come to mind is opportunity. For Gregory Brawner and his family’s farm, that is exactly what non-GMO represents for them.
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I stepped into the home of Aaron and Carolyn Everett a stranger, but I left, as they said, a part of the family.
We hear stories of the all-American farm family sitting around a table, laughing and fellowshipping with each other before enjoying a home-made meal. But in a time when busy schedules and a pressure to be constantly “plugged in” reigns, you have to wonder if those circumstances still exist.
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Gerald Kucera doesn’t let land ownership lines, city limits, or even international borders stop him from serving others. Whether it’s delivering meals to farmers in the field in his local community of Silver Lake, Minnesota, or building homes for families in Guatemala, Gerald and his wife, Luanne, embody a life of giving back.
Categories: CropTalk, 2019
Like many farm kids, he was driving tractors before he even started kindergarten. With deep roots in the farming industry and both of his grandpas farming before him, Tom Frank knew he wanted to continue their legacy.
Limited paid time off, family commitments, and tight finances can sometimes get in the way of what God has called us to do – to serve and love others. And the Beck family understands that struggle.
Tags: CropTalk, freedom international, mission trip, servant
Every day farmers rise to the challenge. They put on their boots and get to work — when the sun is beating down, when the wind rages with an icy chill, when the sky unleashes the rain. They face every trial life throws at them with resilience and determination all because they love to farm. If you ever wonder why a farmer does all he or she does, just talk to one, or four.
Tags: CropTalk, it takes heart, farmers at heart, farmers resilience
A really long time ago on land 100 miles south of Beck’s headquarters in Atlanta, Indiana, a six-ton mastodon found his final resting place.
Tags: CropTalk, 2019
Your phone rings. It’s a number you don’t recognize, but you answer anyway. On the other end, you hear a voice say, “Congratulations! You are the winner of the We Care for Orphans Adoption Fund Sweepstakes!”
The brim of my hat shaded my face from the harsh sun as I stood on a gravel road. In the distance, I could see the continuation of the gravel path, rising out of the still, murky water that was hiding a large portion of it. A small motorboat was anchored on the muddy shore, barely swaying back and forth in the light breeze. It looked as though it was in its natural habitat. Instead, it was floating atop a cornfield, harvested only a few months earlier.
Tucked away on a country road in Greensburg, Indiana, is a family farm that has been pushing the envelope on soil health since the 1980s. The farm is home to a father and son who not only have worked to improve their own farm with innovative strategies, but have shared their knowledge and discoveries with their community and beyond.