FIELD NOTES CATCHES UP WITH FARMERS IN THE HEARTLAND

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(Posted Thu. Oct 4th, 2012)

The National Corn Growers Association continues the second season of Field Notes, a series that takes readers behind the farm gate to follow the year in the life of American farm families. While these growers come from diverse geographic areas and run unique operations, they share a common love for U.S. agriculture and the basic values that underpin life in farming communities.

 

This week, Field Notes caught up with Brian Scott, an Indiana farmer who advocates for agriculture through social media. With harvest well underway, Scott reposted a blog that he authored explaining where his crops go. Including an infographic explaining wet milling, the post provides an illuminating look at the many ways in which corn is used.

 

To listen to the audio interview, click here.

 

Field Notes also spoke with Don Rutledge, who farms and ranches near Yuma, Colo. Rutledge, noted that harvest in Western Colorado is progressing well ahead of schedule. Working 15-hour days, he and his sons expect to finish harvesting corn in the next two weeks. His work for the year will not end there though as his cattle herd requires year-round attention. Rutledge recounts how, last week, he had a chance to welcome more than 1,000 cyclists to his farm for a first-hand look at harvest and the incredible technology that makes modern agriculture possible.

 

To listen to the audio interview, click here.

 

Stay tuned over the coming weeks as Field Notes follows the growers who have opened their farms, families and communities up this year and meet the true faces of modern American agriculture.