I farm because I believe that hard work, forged in the crucible of faith, family, and challenge, is the grandest lifestyle anyone can pursue. No joy surpasses what a farmer earns—wages for work, but also fulfillment in serving others. I stand on some of the same earth doing the same things that my Great, Great Grandfather did, and I pray that my Great, Great Grandchildren will choose to do. Times change, values do not. We face challenges, but do so with the welcome burden of responsibility: to past generations in their honor, to succeeding generations for their future, to our community and world for their health, and to ourselves for the dignity farmers have in helping life beget life - one plant, one animal, one neighbor, one friend at a time. This is why I farm.
Andrew Bowman, fifth generation farmer from Oneida, Ill., pauses from planting soybeans to watch the sunset. Andrew and his wife Karlie have one son, Ryker, and farm with Andrew’s parents, Lynn and Sally Bowman in addition to serving farmers through insurance and consulting enterprises.
Throughout the month of February, we're asking farmers what it is they love about their job. Whether it's being good stewards of the land or working alongside their families, we'll be sharing stories from different farmers. Do you farm? Share with us why you love what you do in the comments below!