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Brad Burbrink

“We’re proud of what we do and we’re proud of our farm.”

Brad Burbrink
Soybean Farmer

Name: Brad Burbrink
Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Years farming: Our family farm, BE-N-Ag, is a family farming business. The partnership was created in 2005. The family started faming in the early 1990s, and has farmed full time since 1998.
My family: My wife Amber and I have two children, Evan (6) and Claire (3). We farm with my wife's parents, who are Marty and Becky Evans and her brother's family, Casey and Lynsey Evans, who have a daughter, Aliyah (9 months). Jamalyn and Tim Sarver also help at the farm when time permits, and have two daughters, Maggie (2) and Katherine (1).
How I came to be a farmer: Our family has always had a passion for agriculture. Marty and Becky owned an independent fertilizer/chemical business. They farmed a little bit on the side. After they sold their business, they bought a farm and started farming full time. Casey grew up helping at the agribusiness and on the farm. I grew up on a family farm in Seymour, Indiana and joined Amber’s family after they were married.
The best thing about being a farmer: We are passionate about agriculture. It is so easy to love your job when you are passionate about it. Farming is our business, but it is also our way of life. We love that our children are growing up on the farm. Our “business team” is our family.
My personal philosophy on farming: Farming is a wonderful way of life, but it is also our business. This is how we raise our family and we want to make sure that our children and grandchildren can continue this way of life. We have to work hard, be honest and keep learning. It is a large task to provide food, fuel and fiber to the world, but nobody can do it better than the American Farmer, and we are proud to be just that.

Soybean Production in Indiana and the United States
  • There are 40,000 farmers growing soybeans on 5.4 million acres in the state.
  • Indiana ranks 4th in the U.S. in soybean production.
  • Indiana farmers produce nearly 10% of all soybeans grown in the U.S.
  • U.S. farmers account for 46% of the world’s soybean production.
  • Ninety-eight percent of the soybean meal produced by U.S. farmers is fed to animals such as pigs, cows and chickens.
  • Each soybean plant has 60-to-80 pods containing two or three beans each.
  • Soybean oil is contained in such items as vegetable oil, salad dressing, and mayonnaise. They are also used for such things as tofu, soy sauce, and high fiber breads like pizza crust.
  • Soy oil is used in inks and paints.
  • One acre of soybeans can produce more than 82,000 crayons.
  • Soy protein is found in many foods consumed by health-conscious consumers.
  • The average person consumes about 7 gallons of soybean oil every year.

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