“I come from a long line of very strong men and women who have farmed for hundreds of years.”Pam Johnson
Name: Pam Johnson
Location: Floyd, Iowa
Years farming: I’ve been farming for 37 years.
My family: My husband is Maurice, and our son is Ben, who farms with us full time. His wife is Amy, and our grandson is Jack. Our other son, Andy, teaches school and farms with us on evenings and weekends.
How I came to be a farmer: Maurice and I are both fifth-generation farmers. I grew up on a small farm with three younger brothers, and left for Minneapolis to attend nursing school. Once I graduated, I worked at Northwestern Hospital. Then I met my husband and moved back to Iowa to begin farming together.
The best thing about being a farmer: I farm and I love my job. Farming presents me with an opportunity to fully engage my mind, skill sets, and body every day to manage and implement a business plan for a small business. It is all about family and business. On my farm, four generations interact in an activity that benefits the common good. We are able to use the collective wisdom of all the generations that have come before us and make decisions to provide opportunities for the next generation. Farming is a challenge and an opportunity with a range of diverse daily activity. We have to be creative and good problem solvers and adopt new ideas and technology; it is never boring! We have a firm connection to the land and to nature. We nurture crops throughout the life cycle and are able to see the results of our work and management decisions. We are caretakers of the land and are challenged by maximizing the potential of growing crops.
My personal philosophy on farming: There is a balance of independence and cooperation, and the ability to participate in something bigger than ourselves and our farm. I am thankful that our business provides feed, food, and fuel for a growing global population. I believe farming is a noble calling and I am thankful to be an American farmer.
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