SEGMENT: CHANGES IN FARMING METHODS, FARM WORK, & FARM ORGANIZATIONS
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- CHANGES IN FARMING METHODS
- Technology has decreased use of chemicals. Technology has also changed livestock producers. Input costs doubled in 2008. Greatly reduced profits for farmers.
- FARM WORK
- Talks about the differences between the role his mother played versus the role his wife plays. His wife plays much more business oriented role and less "stay-at-home wife" role. Operations have gotten bigger, causing the spouse to step up in roles.
- He says it's a given that you have to go beyond the high school level. He wanted to be an accountant when he was in high school. His kids are much better with computers.
- FARM ORGANIZATIONS
- He was also named Star Farmer through the FFA. And then named National Outstanding Young Farmers by the American Farm Bureau. Then JC's of the United States picked him as the Outstanding Young Farmer by George Bush. Based on community involvement and farming operations. He was the first single person to be named such. Went to the Oval Office and met with the President of the United States. Nominated locally, won the state competition.