In most Midwestern states farming is a family business, passed down through generations of hard work. Teaching your children the importance of agriculture and the value it has to society is something that will motivate them through every hard day of work.
Farmers work their entire lives trying to gain more ground, more livestock, and to have something to eventually pass on to their children when the time is right. They are not only passing on the equipment or land but the commitment and the responsibility of caring for the farm as their parents and grandparents did.
Jerry jokes that the sooner we have kids the sooner he can retire, but i know that is one of the things he is really looking forward to. Passing on his passion to his children and teaching them all the things he was taught as a child. Showing them how to drive a tractor for the first time or to care for their first bucket calf and getting to relieve the experience through them.
My dad is especially proud when I am out helping with the cattle or driving the grain cart. He knows what an impact growing up here has made on his kids and how it has impacted the rest of our lives. It may not be the most glamorous job but it is one of the most fulfilling.
My Father drilling soybeans May 2014
My Grandfather on the family farm 1970
God Bless Family Farms