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Across the Editor's Desk January 2006

Agriculture.com Staff 01/09/2006 @ 9:33am

Among the minority groups most worthy of our admiration are farm families who can make a full-time living from the farm. The vast majority of families need one or both spouses to work either full time or part time off the farm to satisfy family spending.

In some cases, spouses of principal farm operators pursue their own careers away from the farm. Often, however, over the past 20 years an increasing number of operators and their spouses have taken off-farm jobs by necessity.

For the most part, these families have accepted a life and work style that is less than full-time farming. They can do what they most love to do - farm - while earning mostly off the farm the income the family needs to meet its lifestyle.

Growing a farm to a scale where it can provide a full-time family income is a tall task. It requires commitment, initiative, hard work, and a plan for success.

It also starts with a dream and the perserverance to see the dream achieved. Each year I help judge the National FFA Star Farmer awards. The four finalists are always big dreamers with a passion for farming who have achieved great success.

The 2005 Star Farmer, chosen at the National FFA Convention in Louisville in October, is Scott Hill, 21, of Miller, Missouri. Other finalists were Jackson Barnard, Tazewell, Tennessee; Michael Gottlob, Salem, South Dakota; and Allen Heishman II, Mt. Jackson, Virginia.

"For the now, the job helps me pay down my debt," Hill says.

His dad died when Hill was 12 years old. He credits his grandfather, J.B, Hill, with helping him get started with his dream to farm.

Loren Kruse can be reached at loren.kruse (at) meredith.com.

Among the minority groups most worthy of our admiration are farm families who can make a full-time living from the farm. The vast majority of families need one or both spouses to work either full time or part time off the farm to satisfy family spending.

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