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Farmer #1119

Agriscience and Natural Resources

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Farmer #1119

Growing up on a farm had a lot to do with this farmer’s choice of careers. He began his farming venture right after graduating from high school. Different areas of his career include livestock, corn, beans and a feed business. The seasons dictate his daily duties. Taking care of the livestock is a year-round task but in the spring he adds planting to his routine. In the fall, harvesting fills his days. His feed business is a side venture that taps into his business knowledge. The company provides livestock feed to farmers in surrounding areas.

As a child and a young farmer, he has watched farming technology grow and mature along with his fields. He uses sophisticated computers to measure different aspects of his harvest. A computer disk in his combine shows him the amount of corn or beans a field will yield along with other important information. His personal computer is a tool he uses to analyze this information. The computer also allows him to communicate with other farmers and check grain prices. He advises students who are considering a future in farming to know a little about everything from accounting to business to medicine. Hands-on experience is also a key factor. This farmer has successfully combined the high tech world of computers with the age-old techniques of farming.

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What is the cost per acre in your area? AUDIO TEXT
Are there many female farmers near you? AUDIO TEXT
What is your average yield per acre on corn and beans? AUDIO TEXT
Do you use a computer a lot? AUDIO TEXT
What is the primary cattle breed in your area? AUDIO TEXT
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What do you think about the big hog confinement operations in Iowa? AUDIO TEXT
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Are there Websites or resources you use to sell grain? AUDIO TEXT
Have the events of September 11th affected farming at all? AUDIO TEXT
Are you going to encourage your sons to farm when you retire? AUDIO TEXT
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