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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Carolina FARMER, Patrick Robinette

 

Everyone who meets Patrick Robinette knows he isn’t afraid to pave his own path. While he didn’t grow up on a farm, that didn’t stop him from diving into the industry. As a young man, he joined the rodeo circuit and worked on ranches in the summer. Agriculture was a great fit for Patrick’s high energy personality.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - HAWAII FARMER, Brandon Wong

Kalo is the Hawaiian word for taro, a starchy vegetable root that has been grown on the islands for centuries. Brandon Wong is the fourth generation in his family to grow this traditional crop. 

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9

Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - California FARMER, Larry Haworth

Between forage crops, almonds and dairy, Larry Haworth has been farming in California all of his life. But he knows if history had played out just a little differently, he may not have had this opportunity. 

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Hawaii FARMER, Fred Cowell

Hawaii is the only place in all 50 states where coffee is grown. As the general manager of Kauai Coffee Company, Fred Cowell is among a small group of American coffee growers. He's a proud third generation farmer. Although his family has a rich history of leadership in agriculture, much of his career has been spent off the farm. When he got out of college, Fred served in the Air Force for 20 years. Later, he did infrared research for an engineering firm. “Now, I know what I want to be when I grow up.” He smiles.

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Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - California FARMER, Matthew Sligar

Third generation rice farmer, Matthew Sligar grew up in Gridley, California. With a population of just 6,000 people and surrounded by agriculture, Gridley didn’t appeal to his sense of adventure. “When I was 20, I wanted fast-paced things to do – different people, traveling, different cultures, and new things to see.” He recalls.

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4

Apr

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - NORTH CAROLINA FARMER, Dewey Scott

Along with his brother, Linwood, III, Dewey Scott grew up learning the life lessons of hard work and dedication from his father, Sonny, on their North Carolina farm. After high school, Dewey went on to apply those skills as a standout college athlete. While sports are still important to him, something bigger drew Dewey back to the farm.

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25

Mar

2017

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - North Carolina Farmer, Brooks & Heather Barnes

All his life, Brooks Barnes has known he wanted to be a farmer. “I used to go to the field and ride between my daddy's legs in the combine. I'd take naps there. They couldn't get me away from it.” Brooks recalls.

In high school, Brooks was a very talented athlete but by his junior year, something else was calling him. "I decided I didn't want to play sports anymore. I wanted to come home and burn diesel fuel or go hunting or fishing. I'm an outdoors person.”

Now Brooks and his family grow tobacco, sweet potatoes, corn, soybeans and wheat.

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9

Mar

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Illinois FARMERs, Rob and Emily Sharkey

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 proud to call Illinois home.

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5

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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11

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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Feb

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Iowa FARMER, Michelle Miller

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 made great memories, but as she got older, Michelle was drawn to the city. 

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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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29

Jan

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Dakota FARMER, Laura Rutherford

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 young family near Grafton is part of who she is.

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9

Jan

2017

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - NORTH DAKOTA FARMERs, Scott Huso & Fred Lukens

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.

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3

Jan

2017

Why I Farm

Beck's Why I Farm Roadtrip - North Dakota Farmer, Dana Dagman

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.
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Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - North Dakota Farmer, Rohrich Farms

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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17

Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - Minnesota FARMER, Wanda Patsche

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 pigs. So, like best friends do, we’d stay overnight at each other’s house. We were inseparable. One night Friday night we stayed at her house. Saturday morning, she had to get up and do chores. I said, ‘Well, okay, I’m not going to help you, but I’ll come watch.’ So I did. Back in those days it meant cleaning the barn with a shovel, scooping out manure. I watched her do that and when she got done I said, ‘I will never marry a hog farmer.’”

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15

Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - MINNESOTA FARMERS, Jonathan & Carolyn Olson

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 family’s Minnesota farm.

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13

Dec

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP - INDIANA FARMER, Brian Scott

 

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 The Farmer’s Life videos and blogs.

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7

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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