Saturday, March 29, 2014

#AmericasFarmers Embrace Technology While Holding Onto the Past ($25 Visa Card Giveaway)

This post was created in partnership with America's Farmers. All opinions are my own.



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Earlier this month I shared with you about the Boyd family of Georgia,
one of America's Farmers, and a multi-generation farm family.

While the child, said "Mom, where's the girls?"
Sigh, she's on a girl- power kick this month.

So let me introduce you to another great farm family- the Pistorious family of Illinois!

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The Pistorius family, a fifth generation farm family,  has embraced the new technological side of agricultural science, from  programming that allows them to auto-steer their tractors to the devices that collect data about each individual acre of land. These improvements mean that the Pistorius family can grow more crops, with less environmental impact, and grow  crops like organic popcorn! They also grow corn and soybeans- two crops that are grown in our parish (and by our family members, so we are very familiar with them! 

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We sometimes forget that technology has made modern farming much easier and allowed farmers to grow more crops than they ever would have been able to grow without say, tractors, automatic sprinklers and harvesters, and even balers. Don't you love the photos from the family archive?

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And many a farmer will tell you an air conditioned tractor is a lovely thing when you have 10 plus acres to tend to on a 95 degree day, not to mention having room to bring the kids along! Technology is not always a bad thing says Megan, “Technology is such a big part of farming, and I think that we are constantly learning and growing, not unlike other professions. "

This family could be our neighbors- they have shared values and how they are traditions alive and their community together is uplifting (be sure you check out their wedding picture!):





See? Upstaged by the cute kid! LOL
But they are a family we can relate to and it is a joy to see them continuing on the family way of life, and for Pete to acknowledge that one of his 3 daughters may be the one to take over the farm one day!

And to make Miss Grace even happier- here are 3 fun facts about women and modern farming:

1. Women farmers, on average, tend to have a high level of education- 4% higher HS degrees and 1.5% higher college degrees than the US population.

2. 45% of all farms/ranches operate, tend to be about livestock- sheep, goats, cows and horses!

3. Of the 3.3 million farmers, 1 million are women!



Since it's the weekend, be sure to check out my new #AmericasFarmers Pinterest corn and pork board for some great recipes, as well as the #AmericasFarmers Pinterest boards!

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33 comments:

  1. The Hemmes family inspires me because the mother runs the entire farm, father works in town. Not an easy job for a woman to work on her own. Amazing!

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  2. i like the Haynie family because they are located in my state of VA!

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  3. Travis Matthews and his brother got into farming in high school when their father was killed in an accident. He is now married with 4 kids and has a farm of 8,000 acres of corn, soy and wheat in western Missouri.

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  4. The Matthews family inspires me because they are such hard workers and they all pitched in to keep the farm going after the loss of their father.
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  5. commented here: http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.com/2014/03/book-review-nightmare-in-burgundy-by.html?showComment=1396125755167#c8331941981407013671

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  6. I'm impressed with the Haynie family. They have been farming the same land for 147 years!

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  7. I am impressed by the Schroeder family because they care and love what they do.

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  8. The Haynie family inspires me because I think it's really impressive that the farm dates back to 1867 when PJ Haynie’s great-great-grandfather, Rev. Robert Haynie, purchased 60 acres of land.

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  9. I like the Boyd family because they are from GA like me and I like how Ben Boyd is very involved in the community and being apart of other committees.
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  10. The Woodrow family b.c they split it among the sons to make it successful!

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  11. Hemmes Family inspires me because she us farming on land that has been in her family since 1901.She does this while her husband is not a part of it and works elsewhere

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  12. Comment at http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.com/2014/03/book-review-nightmare-in-burgundy-by.html?showComment=1396174174768#c8880735217248749360

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  13. The Boyd family is so much like my uncle's family. He is also a farmer and raises some livestock. The Boyd's are a multi-generation farming family and though farming takes up a lot of their time, family comes first, then community. I love that!

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  14. Please find my comment here: http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.com/2014/03/recipe-weekend-cookbook-review-my-paris.html?showComment=1396195232536#c7268918651809771134

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  15. The Martian family inspires me because they put their family and education first. DamianMom at yahoo dot com

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  16. I like the Hemmes family because it reminds me of how hard my mom worked raising us as a single mother and doing everything herself.

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  17. I'm impressed how the Haynie family has been farming the same land for so long!

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  18. I like the Woodrows. I love how it is 3 generations.

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  19. I'm inspired by the Matthews Family because taking over the family farm operation after loosing a loved one at a young age is very admirable
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  20. I enjoyed reading each family story but the Matthews family inspires me the most because I love how they stepped up when needed and took over the family farm.

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  21. I'm impressed by the Sneed family. Ray Sneed sees his job as a farmer as ever-evolving. He's always willing to learn something new.

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  22. I am inspired by the Martin family. Matt is a fourth-generation farmer. He now runs the farm with his best friend/father Larry. The Martins love the family aspect of their farm, living and working together on a daily basis.

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  23. The Mathews family inspires me the most. He took over the farm at an early age when his dad passed.

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  24. The Mathews family inspires me the most. They appear to have a real sense of the "family farm"

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  25. The Haynie family because they are working the same land that their great grandparents did with just a mule (CarmenQ)

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  26. I was really inspired by the Hemmes Family! So wonderful to visit and help the women of Uganda learn more about farming!

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  27. I like the woodrow family. They seem like extremely hard workers.

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  28. The Haynie family inspires me because they have kept their farm in the family for over 150 years!

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  29. The Boyd Family because they love what they do!

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  30. The Mathews family inspires me because they are very hard workers.

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  31. I like the Hemmes family because April Hemmes, along with being the 2011 Midwest Farm Mom of the Year, is the primary operator of the farm. She's basically running the farm and raising the kids while her husband has a different job off the farm.

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  32. I would go with the Martin Family. Fourth generation farming family that even the kids have expressed interest in keep the family business going on

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  33. The Sneed family inspires me because they've accomplished so much.
    thank you

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