Why I Farm

So often do we hear farmers say “Howdy, I am Farmer Brown from Wisconsin and we milk 125 cows and run 300 acres of land”.  Blah, Blah, Blah.  Farmers are really good at telling consumers what they do, but what we don’t commonly hear is why they do it.

Sure, it is always cool to learn how many cows your neighbor feeds and milks everyday or how many acres of corn he/she plans to harvest this fall, but wouldn’t you be more interested to know why they farm?  Wouldn’t you agree that it is easier to connect with someone when you understand their core values versus their business stats?  Farming is more than just numbers and trying to make a profit, it is a lifestyle.  Each farmer has their own set of reasons and values that drives them to work as hard as they do 365 day a year, and today I want to share my “why” with you. I will try not to get too sappy and sentimental on you

1. It is in my blood.

I was born into a dairy farming family and at a young age my sisters and I were on the farm feeding and caring for our family’s animals.


I was lucky enough to work with and learn from, not only my parents and grandparents, but also my great-grandparents.  I was taught to be tough enough to take a kick in the leg from a rowdy heifer, but also to be gentle enough to care for newborn calf.  Strong enough to get through the bad days and how to find humor in them when you can.  I learned that a good night’s sleep comes after a hard day’s work and that to get respect, you have to give it.  It is the lessons that they taught me and the passion they showed me that made me want to carry on the family legacy of caring for the land and animals.  I farm because I want to make my family proud.

2. It is important.

People need to eat.  What I do everyday helps feed the world.

“My grandfather use to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher, but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.” -Brenda Schoepp

I know that my job means something and that I can help families all over the country and world.  I think it is really cool that what I do, what I work so hard for everyday, ends up on a dinner table somewhere and brings families together.  By caring for dairy cattle and producing milk I am able to provide nutrition for thousands of families.  I farm because I want to help people.

3. It is what I love.

I love that my job allows me to be outdoors and work with family.  I love that I get to care for animals.  I love that I don’t have to sit in a cubicle all day and that I don’t have to wait until dinner time to see my husband.  I love seeing my calves grow into strong milk cows.  I love that my cows can’t talk back to me. I love watching our fields turn from dirt to green waves of corn.  I love that my job requires brains and physical labor.  I love that I don’t have to do my hair every morning (Even though, sometimes, I still do).  I love seeing the fruits of my labor.  I love that I will be able to pass our farm onto our future children.  I love that every day is different.  I farm because I love it.

Long story short, I farm because I believe in hard work, agriculture and providing families with safe, affordable dairy products. I believe in family, love and passion and my job encompasses all of these values.  Why do you do what you do?

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Liebster Award

Feeling pretty awesome; I was lucky enough to be nominated TWICE for this award. A big thank you to Colby D. Miller and Katie Bernabei for the nomination!  Colby is a fellow blogger and agvocate. He has some great posts about agriculture and his farm experience. You can check his blog out by clicking here,  My Ag Life . Katie, also a fellow blogger, has some amazing recipes that she shares on her blog.  Check her out by clicking here,  Finally Getting Together.

The Liebster Award is an award for new bloggers that have less than 200 followers.  Nominations are made by fellow bloggers and it is a great way to discover new blogs and network.

If you are fortunate enough to be nominated , you must:

  1.  Answer the ten questions that submitted to you.
  2.  Nominate ten other up and coming bloggers.
  3.  Prepare and submit ten questions to your nominees.
  4.  Blog about it! (Nothin’ like being able to toot your own horn).

Below are the questions Colby asked me along with my responses:

Why do you blog?

These days, consumers are buying their dairy products from the grocery store and are wondering where in the heck the product originated from.  Not everyone lives in rural America and has the opportunity to meet a local farmer or visit a dairy farm. My hope is to help bridge the gap with my blog.

How did you first become connected to agriculture?

I was born into it!  I grew up on my family’s dairy farm where we milked 1500 Holsteins and was active within local 4-H.

If you could visit any period in history, when would it be and why?

Take me back to the 80’s.  I’m all about big hair.

What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas.  I love decorating, drinking/eating and getting together with friends/family.

If you had to be an animal, what would it be and why?

I would have to go with a dog.  Dogs know how to live life; not a worry in the world.

If you could fix one thing about the agriculture industry, what would it be?

Communication.  The industry needs to do a better job of communicating with the consumer and marketing our product.  We need to explain our methods, share our story and rid the consumer of any fear related to their food.

What does the world need a little more of?

The outdoors!  Put down the video game, get off the couch and go outside.  A little fresh air and hard work never killed anyone.

If you could pick your own alias or nickname, what would it be?

Hmmmm, I am not really sure. I’m pretty satisfied with what I got going on.

The wonderful thing about Tiggers is….?

They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!?????

What is one piece of advice that you try and live by?

“If you don’t like country music, you’re wrong” – Earl Dibbles Jr.


Here are the bloggers I am nominating.  Check them out!

My 10 questions for the nominees are :

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. If you had to eat one thing for a year, what would it be?
  3. If you won a million dollars, what would you do?
  4. Where do you hope to travel to?
  5. What is one word that best describes you?
  6. What does this world need more of?
  7. Who is your hero and why?
  8. What is your all time favorite TV show?
  9. What is your favorite part of the day?
  10. How are you involved in agriculture and how did you get there?