A closer look into the life of America’s farmers and ranchers
The House Agriculture Committee debuted a new blog, Homegrown, to chronicle daily life of American farmers and ranchers from the perspective of producers. The gap between urban and rural Americans is growing, and many Americans may not understand how the food on their table gets from the farm to the grocery store, or have ever stepped foot on a farm. Agriculture affects everyone, whether you live in a metropolitan area or the countryside. From food to fiber to biofuels, farmers and ranchers cultivate their land day in and day out to provide the nation with the safest, most abundant and affordable food and fiber supply in the world.
Throughout the year, Homegrown will feature periodic updates from two farmers: Noah Hultgren of Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, and Shawn Holladay of Lamesa, Texas. Readers will get a glimpse into the daily workload and challenges producers face, from spring planting through the fall harvest.
In the opening Homegrown entry, live on the committee’s website, we meet Noah Hultgren, a fourth generation farmer who grows corn, sugar beets and kidney beans, as well as a few other field crops. Read more about Hultgren Farms to see what life as a Minnesota farmer is really like.