Posts Tagged ‘future’

Day 29: A Place For You

Here is the inspiration for this blog series:

Toy

I was browsing the toy aisle at Tuesday Morning a couple months ago when I stumbled upon this Little People toy. I'm a big fan of the Little People, and when I saw this particular set I knew it had to belong to Little C.

I love that it's a tractor and cow, but the thing that made me the most excited was the fact that the person included was a little girl.

I want Little C to know there will always be a place for her to come back and be part of the farm, if that’s what she wants to do.

When I told Big C I was thinking about doing this series, I asked for his input on possible topics. The very first thing he said, without a moment’s hesitation, was “I want her to know that the farm is an option.” He has told me many times that his dream is to be able to make the farm successful enough to pass it on to the next generation, and that is the goal we keep in mind while making decisions today.

Of course, we’re not going to force her to become a farmer. Farming is a lifestyle you must have a true passion for, or it doesn’t work. If she would marry someone someday who wanted to farm, we want him to know he’s welcome as well. That’s how Big C became a farmer, and we’re both grateful to my dad and grandpa for giving him that opportunity.

More than 95 percent of farms in the U.S. are family owned, and I want nothing more than to make sure we can continue to keep ours in the family by passing it along to Little C’s generation someday.

Little C, my little farm girl, I want you to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that there will be a place for you on our family’s farm, if that’s where your passion lies.

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Day 7: Embrace Technology

Yesterday I wrote about my desire for Little C to learn about and respect the past.

However, we can’t expect to make progress if we never try anything new. I can’t think of another industry that has changed so rapidly over the last hundred years as agriculture.

From the first hybrid corn to today’s pest-resistant and herbicide-tolerant varieties, from two-cylinder tractors to auto-steer four-wheel drive machines, technology is the common thread. It’s something that needs to be tested, sure, but also embraced when the benefits are clear. If we are to feed 9 billion people in the world by 2050, we need to be more efficient and productive than ever.

Little C, this is where you have an advantage. You’ll grow up familiar with technology that your parents and grandparents have to learn as adults. Of course, things will continue to evolve, but already your generation has a leg up on mine.

You’re not even two years old and you can already turn on my phone and swipe through the pictures looking for Daddy.

This was taken when she was only 11 months old. She actually was swiping through my photo album.

This was taken when she was only 11 months old. She actually was swiping through my photo album.

I can’t wait to see what you’ll have the opportunity to experience in the future of agriculture.

Little C, my little farm girl, I want you to embrace technology. Test it, try it, make sure it has a clear benefit, but don’t be afraid of it.

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Day 6: Respect the Past

I recently completed a personality trait assessment at work and one of the things the book said I would likely enjoy was caring for and preserving items of historical importance in both the workplace and in the family. It said I would be the type of person who catalogs, preserves, and treasures items that tell the story of the past.

Guess what? That book is right.

One of my favorite tasks at work is collecting items for our company archive. I’ve had my home compared to a museum. We enjoy collecting farm antiques and displaying the more unique pieces. I grew up with a father and grandfather who collected and restored many antique tractors, and we spent many a summer day at tractor shows (actually, we still do, because I married a guy with the rusty iron disease!) I truly enjoy learning about history that I can personally relate to.

One piece of the collection!

One piece of the collection!

In the past century, agriculture has changed at an almost unbelievable pace. A hundred years ago, many farmers still relied on literal horse power to complete their work. Corn yields were less than 40 bushels per acre. Soybeans were a minor crop, mostly used for hay, and the Dust Bowl was nearly two decades away.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be a farm wife and mother back then.

The words of the FFA Creed come to mind: “In the promise of better days through better ways, even as the better things we now enjoy have come to us from the struggles of former years.” Amen.

Tractor Show

By learning about the past and trying to understand it, we can create a future our great-grandparents probably couldn’t have even dreamed of. But you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.

Little C, my little farm girl, I want you to develop a respect for agricultural history, so you can be part of agriculture’s future.

 

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