My name is Jill, and I am a farm wife, mother & daughter. My husband, Roger, and I farm my family’s farm near Hartley, IA. We raise about 300 acres of mostly corn, feed out 700 head of cattle per year, calve out 90 cows, have 1 horse, and a small summer pig project that our son enjoys being “responsible” for taking care of.
I grew up about a mile away from where our current home is located. I loved growing up on the farm. All of my town friends had many “surprises” when they came to visit our farm. Even though I loved the farm, I wasn’t sure that was where I thought my future would be. But….after living in a larger town nearby for a few years, I came to the conclusion that the farm was exactly where I wanted to be. My “city” years made me appreciate the opportunities that I had growing up, and I wanted those same opportunities for my own children. So, I bought an acreage across the section from my parent’s farm and moved back home to work in our small town.
My career path led me to the local grain elevator which is where I gained my true appreciation for all of the aspects of farming and also where I met my husband. After our marriage, I quit the elevator life to become a full time farmer with my husband. Our son was born about 14 months later and gave me another reason to appreciate the farming opportunity that we have. Since our son started school, I went back to work as a grain buyer at the local ethanol plant. With some changes that took place at the plant, I moved on one of our local banks where I serve as a loan officer.
Our son is now 11 years old and truly a farmer at heart. He knows more about the farm equipment and animals than most adults do. His weekend passion is to do chores with dad. We are blessed to be given the opportunity for him to grow up learning so much about life just from the simple farm life. He can’t wait to be the one driving the tractors and harvesting the crops.Our family enjoys our life on the farm even though it is a 24/7 job that doesn’t really have set hours. We may miss the big game on TV or even the party that we were supposed to be at, but the work that we do is together and for that we are grateful. We take pride in producing an abundant crop and healthy animals for market. We put a lot of thought and care into everything that is raised on our farm.