(Posted Thu. May 17th, 2012)
May 17: In this article, the National Corn Growers Association revisits 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.
Today, Field Notes introduces Brian Scott, who farms with his father and grandfather in Monticello, Ind. On their 2,300 acres, the Scotts grow mostly corn and soybeans with some wheat and popcorn. Scott, a young farmer who has recently returned to the family operation, already shares his story with the public through a variety of new and social media including his blog, The Farmers Life, and on Twitter.
Explaining his perceptions on corn farming in America today, Scott notes that, despite often being maligned in the media, corn farmers play an important role by using the country’s fertile soil and their agricultural prowess to supply the world’s growing demand for food, feed and fuel.
“Sometimes, U.S. corn farming gets a bad reputation,” he said. “But, we are in the right place, geographically, and our farmers are good at growing it. There is a need, and we are filling it.”
The Indiana native, who also holds an agricultural degree from Purdue University, has helped spread information on farming and food to a broader audience through his online involvement. In doing so, he works to provide the true story of American farming, one which he lives every day.
“I had been reading about farmers using online tools to tell their story and, a little over a year ago, I started a personal Facebook account,” Scott recounted. “From there, I started a blog, then a Twitter account and now a Facebook fan page and Google+ account. It has just grown from there.”
To checkout Scott’s blog, click here.
To listen to the full 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.