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When I find an Ag blog that appeals to me, I make it a point to learn as much as I can about the author.  When I saw some of my Ag friends tuning in to The Farmer’s Life, I decided I had better virtually mosey on over and see what all the fuss was about.  Imagine my surprise when I learned that the author lived in INDIANA  just two counties northeast of mine!   The way he writes about farming is clear, sometimes technical, but he takes the time to explain the techniques, equipment, and products he uses.  Imagine my greater surprise when I discovered that this blogger’s name is Brian Scott, and bells started ringing in my head!
Brian
You could say that the guy behind The Farmer’s Life and I knew each other when……
Me:  From your memory, how did we first get to know each other?
Brian:  I never had you for class in high school, but I did participate in student council for a year or two.  My girlfriend Nicole who is now my wife happened to be in student council and your English classes.  That might have been part of the reason I was in student council!  I like to think Nicole and I are doing well these days because I noticed one day that we are married with a child, and we own a dog and a house with a white picket fence around it.  Seems we are living the dream!

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Me:  Yep!  Before I became a farm wife, along with teaching all levels and grades of high school English, I was also Student Council Adviser. Brian’s sister, Melanie, was also involved with student council,.  I seriously remember the first days of Brian and Nicole’s blossoming romance.  I think the whole Prom-asking ritual occurred right outside my classroom door! Well, at least I remember all the excitement from Nicole’s end :-) Now let’s get back to present day and learn more about Brian and what he does.

Me:  Could you tell us a bit about your farm and all that you do?

popcorn
generations
Brian:  I’m a 4th generation corn, soybean, popcorn, and wheat farmer.  I work with my dad and grandpa every day, and we have one full-time employee.  The four of us, along with some “taxi” service from family members at busy times of the year, cover all the duties on our 2,000 acre farm.  We used to raise hogs until about 2005 when we decided to tear down our 35-year-old buildings and get out of the business.  Now we are just focused on our row crops.
planting seeds
treated corn

From The Farmer’s Life Facebook page:

“The first seeds of 2013, but why are they purple? That’s a seed coating to prevent pests and diseases from damaging the crop. There’s a high likelihood we won’t need to make an additional pass in-season to treat for those problems which takes more fuel and chemicals.”

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Me:  I don’t think I knew you were into farming.  Is that something you always wanted to do, or did it come after school?

Brian:  I was always going to farm up until my last semester at Purdue earning my Soil and Crop Management Degree.  For some reason I decided I didn’t want to come back home to the farm right then.  Up to that point the only place I had ever worked aside from a few odd jobs was at our farm.  Soon after graduation and working another summer on the farm I was hired as an assistant manager with Rural King Supply. After about a year I took over as store manager of our local store.  Another year later I went on to run the next closest store.  Eventually I grew tired of having a “real” job and found the farm was the place for me.  I can’t imagine doing anything else that provides me the lifestyle I enjoy and the personal satisfaction that farming allows.

Aerial oats growing
“Aerial applied oats and radish cover crop growing in the corn”
from 10-3-13 FB post.
Me: Can you talk to our readers about the hurdles you had to cross as you started farming at a relatively young age.  The average age of a farmer is 53 I believe.

Brian:  I’ve not had a terribly difficult time returning to the farm.  The first year I came back I was paid a salary, and each year since I’ve taken on more financial responsibility to the point where in 2013 Dad and I are now sharing the farm expenses and profits 50/50.  It would be very difficult to get where I am now without this being a family business.  I wouldn’t say I’ve had things handed to me, but there are certainly more difficult paths to be traveled if you want to start farming from scratch.
Brazilian news
The Scott family even makes the news is a Brazilian magazine!
family farm
Brian:  I’m now at a point where my extracurricular farm activities are bringing some interesting opportunities.  Through my social media and blogging efforts as my online self, The Farmer’s Life, I’ve been showcasing the daily activities of our farm to people all over the world.  I enjoy demonstrating the high-tech tools we use in agriculture and how we are using these tools to make our operation more efficient.  I’m always talking about GPS and precision agriculture applications along with mobile technology like phones and tablets.  I often tweet from the tractor cab! (You can tweet Brian @thefarmerslife)
farm apps
field results
Brian:  Biotechnology is also something I advocate for.  Biotech, also known as GMO, is certainly a hot topic since people are becoming very interesting in what they eat.  I feel I need to be out there telling my story as I know about all aspects of our farm so the majority of people who are not involved in ag on a daily basis can get an idea of what and why I do things the way I do on the farm.  I’ve met all types of people and made a lot of new friends in the last three years.  It takes a lot of my free time to” agvocate” for agriculture, but I find that touching base will all these new people is very good compensation for my time.
Capitol
corn congress
newspaper
Me:  Thanks so much Brian for taking time out of this busy season to chat with us. I love it when my past life and present life intersect.  Who would have thought…..
our steaks
He and Nicole got away for a little vacay a while back, and these happen to be steaks from one of OUR beef cows on their grill away from home.
Have a great weekend everyone!

Lana from Walking the Off-Beaten Path

Jill of many trades trying to master them all. After teaching high school English for 18 years, I changed my life to become a farm wife in northwestern Indiana and mom to Tink and Bear.

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  • Kelly || Old Blue Silo


    Nice interview! I love reading about fellow Hoosiers :)