Nebraska Soybean Farmer
“We’re out here trying to make a safe product that the whole world can consume.”
Name: Chad Bartek
Location: Ithaca, Nebraska
Years farming: I’m a fourth generation farmer. My great-grandfather bought it back in 1918. My grandfather bought it from him in about 1949 and we’ve been farming it for more than 15 years.
My family: My wife and I have two sons and two daughters. I farm with my dad Bob and his two brothers Richard and Tim, as well as Tim’s oldest son, Aaron.
How I came to be a farmer: My great-grandfather got my grandfather started and my family
has been farming ever since. Being raised on a farm has given me a good work ethic. I like to get up early in the morning and get things done.
The best thing about being a farmer: I like being a steward of the land and producing grain that either goes to feed people directly or to feed for livestock that will feed people. That gives me a really good feeling.
My personal philosophy on farming: Taking care of the land allows us to produce as much grain as possible, giving the next generation the chance to farm, as I have. It’s also important for us to be involved in the community in which we live.
Soybean Production in Nebraska and the United States
- Studies confirm that soyfoods are beneficial to people of all ages. Whether you are interested in being more heart healthy, wanting to lose weight or seeking healthful snacks, soyfoods can fit into every lifestyle.
- Soyfoods contain no cholesterol, little or no saturated fat, high quality protein and dietary fiber.
- Soy protein significantly reduces total blood cholesterol, lowering low-density lipoprotein (“bad” cholesterol) without altering high-density lipoprotein (“good” cholesterol).
- Soy protein with isoflavones has been found to have strong antioxidant potential, protecting cells from damage.
- Soy protein may offer protection against bone loss, osteoporosis and risk of bone fracture.
- Soy protein offers a “complete” protein profile, containing all eight essential amino acids.
- Soy protein also contains omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, zinc and B-vitamins, especially thiamin, folate and B-6.
- Studies show people who consume soyfoods on a regular basis are less likely to get cancer than those who rarely consume these foods.
- Many soyfoods also provide essential vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, vitamins A and D, calcium, iron, and potassium, that our bodies need to stay healthy and active.
For more information about farming in Nebraska, please visit http://nebraskasoybeans.org/