“We have a passionate love for the cattle, and it’s enjoyable to be around them.”Bob Johnson
Name: Bob Johnson
Location: Corson, South Dakota
Years farming: I’ve been farming for more than 45 years, starting in high school. I’ve spent the last 10 years farming with my son. I also spent a few years in the Air National Guard.
My family: My wife, Sandy, and I have three grown boys. Quentin farms full time, and his wife Jaque is an educational counselor. Jarrod farms with family, and is the School & Public Lands Commissioner in Pierre. He and his wife Heidi, who is an RN, have two children, Clayton and Anna. And our youngest son is Justin, who is an RN at Sioux Falls VA Hospital.
How I came to be a farmer: I always enjoyed farming as a young adult and I had the opportunity to grow into the operation as my father got older. And now my son Quentin is very passionate about it as well.
The best thing about being a farmer: I get the opportunity to watch the baby calves grow, mature and have babies of their own. It is a great feeling knowing I have been successful at raising this animal I have cared for.
My personal philosophy on farming: Farming is fun. However it is not for everyone, as it is also hard work. The most important thing is to not get frustrated. No matter how bad the prices are, or if the weather won’t give you a break, it is important to stay positive. It’s also important to understand the value of your land and cattle. The better we care for our land and cattle, the better they will take care of us.
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