About

I farm with my father and grandfather on 2,300 acres of land in northwest Indiana. We grow corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat. I graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Soil and Crop Management in 2003. At that time I chose not to return to the farm and worked as a manager at a farm and home store. In 2009 I decided the farm is where I was meant to be, and have been loving it ever since!

I started this site to promote the virtues of modern agriculture and feature the daily operations of our farm.  Please read, discuss, and enjoy!

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21 Responses to About

  1. Robyn says:

    Thanks so much for reaching out on Twitter and your comment about the additional use of grains in ethanol processing. It would be great to speak with you further about this so that the information is portrayed accurately as your insight is unprecedented and your hard-earned wisdom through generations of farming is so valuable.

    • Thanks so much. I just get irritated when all the facts aren’t out there for people to see. I wasn’t too big on ethanol myself until I started tweeting and blogging. I’ve learned more than I’ve taught since I started. Thanks again for noticing. Most people don’t realize that corn used for ethanol production is not lost to the food industry.

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  3. Robin Kleine says:

    I was pleased to find a fellow resident of NW Indiana blogging about agriculture! Sometimes I feel like ag is a dying art where we’re from. I do not have a blog of my own, but guest blog often on http://www.kansasbeefchat.com and http://www.ksusigmaalpha.wordpress.com.

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures following wheat harvest and the process of raising corn!

  4. Hello,

    My name is Katie Wachlin and I am leading a group of 10 kids, ages 10-14, on a FIRST Lego League Team. You can find out more here: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/
    Basically this is an international robotics competition using Legos, which includes both a robot building and a research project dimension.
    This year’s challenge is called Food Factor, and our team has chosen to study microwave popcorn in the pre-packaged bags. We are just beginning our research and were hoping to learn all we can about popcorn. This is where you come in. Would you consider allowing our team, with adult supervision, to visit your farm? Your expertise would be deeply appreciated and of course we would be willing to pay you for this visit/class. We live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and are all home schoolers, so we would have flexibility in scheduling around your schedule. Thanks for your time and please let me know if this is something you would consider.

    Katie Wachlin

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  7. bugsandsuch says:

    Hello! Your blog is really entertaining and informative. I’ve really enjoyed reading it.

    My father farms 3000 acres of corn and soybeans in central Illinois. I left the farm in 1999 to go to college but now I’m beginning to think that the farm is where I belong. I was hoping you could give me a reality check about the positives and negatives of being a farmer. I’ve spoken to my dad about moving home and working for him on the farm but he doesn’t seem too excited about it. He thinks I’m not being realistic about what it takes. I grew up on this farm and I think I know what it takes but I want to be sure. If you could send me an email to discuss this issue would greatly appreciate it.

    Regards,
    Kari

  8. Hi. I’m writing an article about ag social media for the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association. I’d like to include a couple of paragraphs about your GREAT blog, Facebook postings, etc. and wondered if you could provide me with a line or two of background info about yourself. I guess your name is Brian, but that’s all I can find so far. Thanks!

    • Brian says:

      Check out my about page for a bio I’ve written up if you’d like. I’m a 4th generation farmer growing a little over 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat. I work with my father and grandfather, and we employ one hired hand full time. I’m a Purdue graduate with a BS in Soil and Crop Management. I’m married and we have a 3 year old boy who loves tractors!

    • Brian says:

      LOL. I guess you’re on the about page already. I’ve been getting a lot comments today on another post, so assumed that’s where you commented. Any other questions please let me know!

  9. Shannon says:

    I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blog Award. Check out the deets here: http://thefoodiefarmer.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/huh-who-knew/

  10. indytony says:

    Hey, sorry to leave this in your reply box, but…

    Thank you for following my blog – “A Way With Words” @

    http://www.writingforfoodinindy.wordpress.com

    I’ve been having some trouble with WordPress. I’m still posting daily. Keep visiting and I hope to have things worked out shortly.

    Thanks again,
    Tony

  11. Hi,

    I just discovered your site through this article: http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/01/17/opinion-my-family-farm-isnt-under-corporate-control/?hpt=hp_bn11 (via twitter).

    Thanks for writing the article – it answered loads of questions that have been at the back of my mind for a while. I recently graduated in Plant Biology in the UK and I blog about plants and science (particularly GM crops). However, I know a lot more about biology than I do about agriculture and agronomy, and this often slows down my writing, so I’m really happy to have found your site.

    Hope you don’t mind, but I have a question about saving seed. Whenever people say that GM crops will make farmers slaves to big ag by preventing them from saving their seeds, one of the things that I point out is that many farmers already don’t save their seeds (especially with maize since the seeds won’t produce first-generation hybrids). But I have always wondered how true this is outside of hybrid maize. What about other crops? Would farmers growing other crops want to save their seed? Do they do it? Did they used to do it? If not, why not?

    Sorry if that’s a bit demanding. Even pointing me in the right direcction would be much appreciated!

    • Brian says:

      I think there would be a lot of farmers interested in saving soybean seed. In fact, I’ll bet there are guys doing right now that technically aren’t supposed to saving any. I’m not sure there would be great interest in saving corn seed as you already know. Hybrids are just better performers than inbreds. A lot of the seed saving in conventional farming probably occured before my time. I was born in 1980. People also seem to think seed patents are limited to biotech which isn’t true.

  12. Owent Taylor says:

    We generate an Indiana ag news feed that you might consider adding to your site. When sites carry that feed, we post direct links to their posts on our home page and also distribute them in our weekly compilation. If interested, drop me a line at: owen@agfax.com. See our site at http://agfax.com.
    Great site you have there, BYW.

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