Farming and ranching to me is working with the land. God only makes it once. We have to be careful to take care of it right. I enjoy making those daily decisions that make me a truly “hands on” environmentalist. I get joy and satisfaction of the fact that through years of trial and error US farmers and ranchers do a better job of creating food and caring for the land simultaneously. I face the daily challenges that our climate and mother nature knowing that my past generations not only survived but thrived and I can too. They survived Dust bowls, blizzards, floods and tornadoes and taught us we could raise families and make a living here.
Far greater than any of these rewards though is watching the next generation growing up respecting the land. I feel this quote from Jerry Apps summarizes my feelings best; “Family farm children learn respect. Respect for animals, for weather, for their elders. And above all, respect for the land.”