Posts Tagged ‘Farmers’

Farm Favorite Friday: Where I’ll Want To Be

Posted on: November 28th, 2014 by Katlyn Rumbold No Comments

I can not wait for you to meet today’s Farm Favorite Friday author!

She grew up in Bureau County and is currently working at the local vet clinic while working on her college degree. I got to know her through 4-H and let me tell you she makes the BEST CUPCAKES. They look like Angus heifers!

Anyway, her talents are many, but her way with words will stop you right in your tracks.

So without further adieu, take a journey with Danae Ross:

“Life is full of surprises. It often takes us on turns we never expect, throwing us into situations we never imagined would we’d be in. As life gets hectic, often the refuge we seek is rooted where we grew up or in a place like it. I think this is especially so for those who started out in the country. Though life may call us away, there seems to be an irreplaceable, almost ethereal feeling to heading back and appreciating the slow, quiet earthen atmosphere.

Danae Ross

Just for a minute, sit back and take a journey with me.

An early morning walk brings a sneak peek of a wondrous scheme unraveling beneath my feet. Pops of bright green spring up from the ground, not quite ready to reveal their surprises; trees quiver, shaking off the stiffness of a long winter rest; animals stir, preparing for the coming of new young; the sun smiles down on us all, welcoming the new spring.

Before long, though, the peaceful awakening is replaced with the buzz of life. Temps warm and send people and animals all around me flocking to the sunlight, soaking up its freedom and overwhelming the land, afraid to lose any time. Tractors and lawnmowers bring a comforting hum, moseying across the soft earth. Horses plod down trails, kids shinny up tree branches, and gardeners amble in the dirt, delighting in the feel of earth between their fingers. Summer has arrived.

But there is no time to waste because soon a crisp breeze cuts through the air and the earth begins transforming again. Deep maroons, fiery reds, golden yellows, and burnt oranges paint the landscapes. Leaves flutter around me, stealing my attention, and showcase the Lord’s brilliant design. Farmers and hunters take the scene, stripping the land of its bounty and providing for the world’s needs.

As we gather together to thank our creator for His blessings, glittering flakes begin to fill the air, bringing with them the cold bite of winter. Carols and Christmas tunes permeate the homes, and children scramble to pull on their mittens and scarves so they can go whizzing down the hills on bright colored sleds past gleaming icicles that bedazzle the trees for miles and miles.

No, there isn’t anything quite like being out in God’s country.

Danae Ross

Whether it’s going to the barn to visit the livestock, gazing across the land that stretches for miles, or enjoying a meal grown from food you tended to yourself, there is nothing that can replace that feeling, no words to even describe it. No matter the time of year or the season, there is always something new and wondrous, always something to amaze us and bring us peace at the brilliance of our Father’s hand.

I still have a lot of things I want to do in my life, places that I want to go: big cities, national parks and monuments, beaches….who knows, maybe I will even end up living in a bigger area, surrounded by homes and buildings. I don’t know what God has planned for me, but I do know that when the stress and strain of life start weighing me down there is only one place I will return to for true peace: The loll of gently swaying trees spanning all around me, animals sauntering quietly along their way, flowers poking up wherever they choose to bloom…All taking me away from rushing, hurried people, cold, hard structures, and petty, unnecessary drama.

The country, the farm, the timber, the pond… That’s where I’ll want to be.”

If you liked what you read, be sure to follow along with her adventures at ‘A Piece from Elise.’

And if you have a similar story you’d like to share, we’d love to feature you right here next week. Please email your story to

Farm Favorite Friday: From City Lights to Starry Nights

Posted on: November 21st, 2014 by Katlyn Rumbold No Comments

I am so excited to introduce you all to today’s Farm Favorite Friday author!

She grew up in Michigan and much like me had dreams of moving to the big city with no intentions of EVER settling down with a nice, young, farmer. Especially in Bureau County.

When I first met her, I’ll be honest, we were arch enemies. I think she’d agree with that too. You see, we wrote for competing newspapers and how could you be friends with the competitor? Well, one day while covering an event together (for our competitor papers), I found out she was dating a farmer. And it was in that moment, in that blustery parking lot, we clicked.

Goldie & Nick

Since then, she’s become my partner in crime, the Christina Yang to my Meredith Grey.

So without further adieu, meet Goldie Currie as she narrates how one farmer flipped her world upside down (in a good way of course):

“It’s been eight months since I got engaged to my favorite farmer.

Some days I can’t believe I’m on the road to marriage, while other days I find myself at the calendar counting the days until our June 20, 2015 wedding.

If someone would have told me 10 years ago that I would grow up to be a farmer’s wife, I definitely would have laughed and assumed they were kidding.

I always imagined my future life tucked away in the big city dreams. I imagined myself being what many call a “city girl” — complete with a big closet full of fashion duds, an apartment overlooking the city and some sort of fancy event to attend to every night.

I’m a long way from that these days, and to be honest, I couldn’t be happier. I can truly say I am where I’m suppose to be.

The Rapp FarmsteadMy fiancé lives on a farm just north of Princeton. The house is the one his father was raised in, therefore it has a lot of sentimental meaning to us.

I’ll be the first to say, I was nervous leaving my nice town house in downtown Princeton for the quiet, country life.

I wondered if it would feel lonely and empty without the chatter of kids biking by or motors from cars strolling through the streets or even those friendly waves to neighbors. But, guess what, I haven’t thought twice about those things since getting engaged. To be honest, I’m enjoying the peace and quiet. Looking out the windows over the summer, seeing the yard surrounded by corn stalks, gave me a sense of comfort and security, as I saw it as a border around my new little world.

Other than being on the farm, my life hasn’t changed that much as a “future farm wife in training.”

This past harvest season was my first one spent on the farm. It was exciting to see my fiance, his brother, and father all revved up and ready to get out to the fields for the day. The fall season is an exciting one for our family. I love riding in the combine, eating dinner in the fields as the guys take a quick rest, and listenening to them talk about how far along they are and which fields they will tackle the next day.

I feel lucky I get to be apart of this family, whose roots run deep in the agriculture world. I look forward to learning more throughout the years and getting to watch first hand how their farm progresses. I can’t wait to see what’s in store, and you never know,I might be the one out there driving one of those big, green combines someday.”

Goldie is currently the Senior Staff Writer at the Bureau County Republican.

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Farm Favorite Friday: Celebrating 25 Years

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Katlyn Rumbold No Comments

Today is a very special day for one of our Sales Agronomists.

Today Gary Campbell celebrates 25 years with AgriEnergy Resources. He was here even before AgriEnergy Resources was officially formed. He remembers a time when there were only a handful of employees who didn’t even have specific job titles, but yet had such a passion for agriculture they’d do whatever they had to for success.

From the pen of Gary:

“Funny thing to think back 25 years ago when I first moved to Princeton, IL to work for a small company and a man named Dave Larson. It wasn’t even called AgriEnergy Resources yet. Only had a handful of employees, and most didn’t have specific job titles, just did whatever needed to be done that day.

One of Gary's favorite thing about farm life is working with growers to achieve the highest yields yet.

One of Gary’s favorite things about farm life is working with growers to achieve the highest yields yet.

I first came to Princeton to meet Dave on a fall harvest day. The first thing he said was, “come take a ride with me.” We went about 5 miles north to see a farmer and long-time friend, Bill Fordham. Bill took us out in his field to look at several different corn plots, where he was trying different hybrids, tillage practices, and fertilizer treatments that Dave had recommended. I still remember how excited Bill was that a certain hybrid, with the right kind of tillage, and a good biological fertilizer mix made for some great looking (and yielding) corn! And because Bill was excited, Dave was just as excited for him! That’s when I knew that working for Dave Larson and the staff at AgriEnergy Resources was the place for me.

After all, what is more enjoyable in the fall than finding out which things we have spent all year testing either crash and burn (oops), or hit a home run (yahoo!)?

It still gives me a thrill to crunch through yield data with many of our growers and hearing them say, “Wow, that really worked. We’ve got to do more of that! [when using AER products]”

Over 25 years many things have certainly changed. From my role at ever-growing AgriEnergy Resources to the technology used when feeding the world on our farms, I know I made the right choice when I visited Princeton that one fateful day.”

We’re all looking forward to seeing what the next 25 years bring in agriculture!

What’s your favorite aspect of country living? We’d love to hear about it. Maybe even feature YOU in an upcoming post.

Until next time, happy trails!