Agriculture is every changing, and one current issue is the markets-prices farmers are receiving for their products. The cattle markets were not expected to drop much in 2016, but a drop came early and bigger than expected–it is now called the historic slide. My parents have shared that they have heard of a few feedlots filing for bankruptcy. My dad shared that the last 2 loads we shipped, were close to breakeven. In addition, the grain markets have also been down. We’ve have had to cut back on a lot just like many other farmers have had to do, my mom & dad did not make any major purchases last year.
I am still learning this whole market thing, but I hope that prices will rise so young people are willing to join the best industry in the world.
One thing I have heard is, agriculture is up and down, it will eventually rise, but no one knows when.
I have a hobby that I also love to share about, it is showing horses. I started riding when I was 6 along with my sister and today I show a registered Paint horse that is 14 years old. I love showing because I get to travel and meet new people. This past summer was the most exciting, I showed in Tulsa, Oklahoma for two weeks came home for five days, then headed to Fort Worth, Texas for 5 days. Yes, the driving got long (especially pulling a trailer with precious cargo) going back and forth, but it was so worth it. I have never been pushed so hard to be the best and succeed at it. All my hard work finally paid off, and I was on cloud nine. It was exciting to get to experience moments like that when all I could feel was pure joy.
I remember I came home from school one day last fall and dad told me that he bought a combine. I was so excited because my dad has always ran the grain cart and my uncle runs the combine so I thought I would be able to spend more time in the combine now. Little did I know that the combine he bought was not what I had in mind. It was an old combine, from 1966 to be exact, like the one my grandparents used to use and my dad said that it cost him less than a pair of my shoes. I thought about that and it was crazy to think that today’s combines are almost a half million dollars. This shows just a little bit of how the farming industry has changed. The combines now are also more high-tech, BIGGER, and better. Farming is changing, just like everything else in this world. There is now automatic steering for tractors and combines, you can run pivots from your phone, and so much more. Drones are becoming more and more popular. They are very convenient because you can check fields and record data from them or check on feedlots all from the comfort of your office. The agricultural industry has changed just like everything else in this world has. Modern farming has also saved a lot more time than what it used to be. Since everything is bigger now like tractors, planters, combines, grain carts, feed wagons, and so much more, there is less time that is involved in getting things done. Yes the labor that it takes is still hard because farming is work, but I think back on the stories I’m told and I am amazed at how far this industry has come.
I think that the current agriculture issue are the markets. The markets were expected to drop in 2017 but that drop came early and way bigger than expected. Many feedlots have gone broke and have had to shut down because they lost so much money. The only saving grace this past year have been the bean markets. Since we are considered a “feedlot”, this market slide hit us too. We’ve have had to cut back on a lot just like many other farmers have had to do. One of the latest loads that have gone out from our place, my dad finally made some money on after 16-18 months. With the markets so bad, it has impacted not only us but so many different places. Pretty much all feedlots have had to adjust and cut expenses to try and survive. The only good thing is that it will eventually rise but no one knows when. Until then, many are still adjusting and just have to keep cutting back until they start making money off of not just cattle, but commodities also.
My name is Heidi Borg and I am 18 years old ready to graduate and head to college. I plan to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and major in some sort of Ag-business. I have grown up in Wakefield, Nebraska but live out in the country and I wouldn’t want it any other way. My love for agriculture started at a very young age since and I don’t remember ever not wanting to be in the Ag industry for the rest of my life. Agriculture is what I love and have learned it is such a diverse industry. One of my dreams is to eventually marry and raise our children on the farm. I was extremely blessed to have both of my parents work from home and I believe that growing up with them always there is what I want for my children too.
Fall means getting lots of new calves in and that means extra work is needed to help make them comfortable in their new home for the next 120 days.
Here I am pitching grass hay to some new calves.
Each family farm has a rich history that carries on throughout generations. My family farm’s history is very important because it has made what our operation is today. I am the 6th generation of the Borgs and our farm is 134 years old. When it comes to farming, you can’t just wake up each day and go through the motions of what needs to be done. My parents have taught me that you get out what you put in and that applies to the farm too. This is where the passion and the love for agriculture comes in. Farming is very tough and takes a lot of hard work and if we didn’t have the passion for what we do, we would’ve gave up a long time ago. There are still moments when quitting may cross our mind but it is never an option. Sometimes things don’t go our way, markets are low, or times get tough but the love we have for this industry is what gets us through the lows. Growing up on the farm and having both of my parents stay at home, I learned a lot from just being around them. I remember I learned how to write my name in the grain cart with my dad during harvest or traveling with my mom and being in a professional environment but most of all, I remember that family comes first and then the farm. There are four brothers and ten grandchildren.
We are all very close not only in love but also in proximity. All of us cousins attend the same school and most people get confused with who belongs to who which makes it fun for us to quiz people. Each brother has their own farm and then there is the main place which is gran
dma’s house. Growing up, our family went through a rough patch when we had six deaths all within a 5 year period. It was very hard for us all and I believe that the reason why we are so close today is because is that rough patch where we learned to lean on each other and get through the rough times as a family.
We feed cattle on our farm and that meant that we didn’t get to do all the “normal” stuff growing up kids my age would do. We often didn’t go on family vacations because there is too much responsibility at home or no one to do chores twice daily. I didn’t participate in sports when I was young because games were on Sundays and my parents always said Sunday’s are for church, not sports. I didn’t go to the pool every day in the summer because that meant another trip to town and there was work to be done. Us cousins created our own normal and we were all just fine with that. We learned how to have our own fun on the farm at grandma’s from creating a slide from old tarp from silage or using the inner tube from a tire as a “trampoline” or playing “house” in the old chicken coop, we always found a way to have lots of fun and excitement. Each day brought a new adventure, especially during the summer days. One thing that we could always count on is dinner is always served at noon on the dot at grandma’s and then break time at 4 with Coke and cookies.
Being a farm girl is very important to me because it has made me into the person I am today. I am beyond grateful for going through the struggles of being a farm kid, making decisions that I wouldn’t’ have had to make if I wasn’t on the farm, learning how to persevere when times get tough, the responsibility that the farm life has taught me, learning what hard work really means, and being really passionate about something in my life and being good at it.