Five years ago if someone said that I was going to meet and marry a farmer I probably would have laughed! However, that is what happened. I met my husband at the Commodity Classic trade show in March of 2006. We got married one year and six days later. I moved out to the farm and now I am a farmwife, mother, marketing manager, etc and love every minute of it….well most minutes! J
My husband, Kevin, and I farm outside of Minden, IA. I did not grow up on a farm, but have definitely learned a lot over the past four to five years. I’m originally from a small farming community of about 800 people in south central Nebraska. My parents are in the insurance business, with crop insurance being the largest division, so I was a little familiar with that part of farming. I now work full-time for my dad at The Home Agency as a Marketing Manager. I am also a “full-time” wife and mother to our 9 month old son, Hudson.
We farm a little over 600 acres of corn, soybeans, hay and pasture ground and have about 75 head of cattle. My husband is the main farm operator, but does have some help from one or two guys during those busy times of the year. My role has subsided a little since we had our first child, but I have been known to haul grain out of the field in a tractor, be a parts runner, help put a combine back together, do chores (feed calves) when Kevin is gone, and I also take care of a lot of the financial part of farming.
Kevin is the 6th generation to farm the family farm that we live on. We live next door to his maternal grandmother. He also farms his father’s family ground that is about five miles away where his brother and sister-in-law live, and his parents live about three miles down the road. It is really nice to have family close by. They all get to help out in some way or another throughout the year whether they want to or not!
Having grown up in town and then living in a couple of cities before meeting my husband, it makes me really appreciate this way of life. I love living out in the country on our farm. I’m so happy that’s where we get to raise our family. HD is only 9 months old, but he rode on the combine this fall and really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see him climb up in the tractor with his daddy as they head out to plant the crops that feed America. Producing an abundant crop is very important to us, and we take pride in what we do. Farm life is a 24/7 job and it’s not all fun and games, but it’s so rewarding to see those calves being born in the spring and the crops growing tall in the summer.