The fast-paced nature of the modern U.S. beef industry can make it easy to forget just how far it has come over the course of our nation’s history.
Farms We Follow
Like many farmers, Jeff Frey sees the soil as his livelihood, so he does what he can to protect and improve this vital resource beneath his feet. “I remember one afternoon we had a thunderstorm that washed mud out into the road and I could actually see some of my freshly planted soybeans in with […]
Bio During much of the growing season at Indiana’s McClure’s Orchard and Winery, 60- to 70-hour workweeks are typical. Come fall, however, Jason McClure and his family find themselves putting in 100 hours each week. They wouldn’t have it any other way. The family has spent the past two decades operating the orchard, expanding both […]
Bio There are major moments in life that are unforgettable: graduation day, getting married, the birth of a child. Grant and Kristen Strom have another to add to that list: the day the American Farm Bureau Federation selected them for the Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Award. “That was an unbelievable feeling,” Grant said. “It […]
Bio Despite being the sixth generation to live on his family’s land, Austin Heil didn’t have much passion for agriculture while he was growing up. Lots of people in his part of Northwest Ohio had farms, so being a part of the industry and growing corn, soybeans, and hay with his father didn’t really make […]
Bio Though the Central Indiana community that Andrew Fansler grew up in was heavily invested in agriculture, Fansler himself didn’t come from a farm family. He was 14 when he first began working on farm, and only a few years later, he began renting land — a mere 42 acres. Today, Andrew, 38, has grown […]
Bio Slagel Family Farm may be the epitome of a diversified operation. LouisJohn and Leslie Slagel harvest beef, veal, pork, lamb, chicken, rabbit, and goat meat — plus they grow much of the feed for their livestock on site. This, in addition to having a family processing facility nearby, cuts down on their carbon footprint, […]