What’s your name? Adam Young.
I have been a farmer since: I grew up on my parents’ farm, so I have been around it my whole life but I decided to make it my career just over two years ago.
I have been a Farm At Hand user since: I began using Farm At Hand this year. I have found it to be most useful for keeping track of machinery. It’s a convenient way to store serial number and part numbers for filters, and I love that the information automatically syncs (for free) between my phone and my dad’s phone.
Where do you farm? My dad and I farm in Blackfoot, Idaho, USA.
What do you grow? We grow wheat, barley and alfalfa.
What do you love about farming? I love being able to include my family in what I do. Before coming back to the farm, I worked for an accounting firm. My daughter didn’t really know what I did during the day and I saw my family before and after work, but never during business hours.
On the farm, whether I’m in a tractor or doing office work, I usually see my wife and kids many times throughout the day. I have a two-year-old daughter who loves coming out and riding in the combine with me during this year’s grain harvest – that kind of thing is one of farming’s significant perks.
Tell us a little bit about why you become a farmer and who you farm with. When I was a kid, I didn’t think I would want to farm as an adult. As a kid, I thought farming consisted mainly of picking rocks and moving pipe, neither of which sounded like something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. When I began attending college, I realized how much I really did enjoy growing up on a farm, and how good it was for me and my siblings.
My dad encouraged me and my siblings to pursue education and to get some experience in another line of work before deciding whether we wanted to make farming our career. I followed my dad’s advice, earned a degree in accounting, and went to work for a firm about two hours away from the farm. Although I enjoyed my job, I knew that, long term, farming was what I wanted to do. Getting married and having our first child made that decision even clearer for me. In 2013, we decided to make the leap and started farming with my dad.
What’s one of your favourite moments when you’re out in the fields? Well, in Blackfoot, just about any day with no wind is a great day. 🙂 But really, my favorite moments are usually when I’m doing tractor work with my daughter. It’s fun to hear her comments about the fields, the birds, or the cars and trucks going by, and to see how much she enjoys it.
Can you share with us what you think our biggest challenge in Ag right now? I think one of our biggest challenges is combating the fear and misinformation surrounding modern biotechnology/GMOs. I think the industry made the mistake of assuming that the public would naturally see the environmental and health benefits of modern crop technology. I think we also assumed that the public would disregard opponents of modern agriculture as extreme, or “fringies.” In so doing, we may have missed an opportunity to frame the discussion and are now left scrambling to combat ever-increasing negative campaigns against modern agriculture.
This impacts producers (and everyone else), as the rejection of modern agricultural technology would greatly impact our ability to produce a safe, plentiful crop.
Where can we find you online?
You can find me on LinkedIn.
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