(Jim) Welcome to That’s My Farm, I’m Jim Shroyer, your host and today we’re gonna be turning this session over to Eric Atkinson, who’s going to be introducing us to two new families that are being inducted into the 2014 Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker’s Class.
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(Jim) Welcome back to That’s My Farm. I’m Jim Shroyer your host. Today we want to introduce you to Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker Alan and Beth Vogel. (Eric) Alan Vogel has lived his whole life on the family farm near the community of Wright, just east of Dodge City in Ford County. Upon graduating from Spearville High and Dodge City Community College he farmed with his parents, uncle, brothers and cousins and that extensive family working relationship continues to this day. Beth grew up in the Flint Hills near Elmdale. She graduated from Emporia State University and for quite some time worked as a bookkeeper for a farm fuel delivery company out of Emporia. Later in life, she met Alan. Beth moved to western Kansas and she and Alan were married in 2005. Both are extremely active in the Ford County community. Alan instrumental in a major church project installing an ornate wrought iron fence around the community cemetery. He also has been a livestock judge at several surrounding county fairs over the years. Beth is active in the local family and consumer science group and is the county 4-H horticulture leader now. But back to why Alan very early on in life decided to become a farmer. He says it gave him an opportunity to continue working with his parents and family members on a daily basis and now to be part of an industry facing the challenge of providing food for the growing world population. A bit about the operation present day and Alan how it has changed from when you were growing up. Largely crops, you do run a few feeder steers, or feeder cattle? (Alan) Yes, we’re more into the crop production now than livestock. (Eric) And your cropping system is corn, grain sorghum, wheat, so forth? (Alan) It’s grain sorghum and wheat. No corn. And trying the three year rotation of wheat, grain sorghum, fallow. And no till as much as possible on the grain sorghum and the wheat is minimum till. (Eric) And it’s all dryland? (Alan) It’s all dryland, correct. (Eric) Understood that the both of you have also ventured into growing food grade grain sorghum. (Alan) Yes, here three years ago Richardson Seed out of Texas was wanting to put a program together through Grain Products in Dodge City and Grain Products they mill the milo there themselves to meet the demand of the gluten-free market. And we’ve raised their milo the last three years, the food grade for them. (Eric) Has that been a paying proposition for you then? (Alan) Yes, it has because one of our first concerns with it was, would a variety be able to yield comparable to your typical non-food grade milos? And the yield has been very close to or equal to the other milo. And there’s a premium when a person sells it. So, yes it’s been a good program. (Eric) Bring you back in Beth. Do you manage the books for the operation? Where do you fit in now? (Beth) I’m the bill payer. He does…he keeps the books as far as the farming part of it, but I pay the bills and keep the bank happy. I’m the one that makes sure that everything’s all written down in the books or in the computer and kind of have a checks and balance between the books and the computer. (Jim) Stay tuned after the break as Eric wraps up with the Vogels.
(Jim) Welcome back to That’s My Farm as Eric wraps up with Alan and Beth Vogel, the 2014 Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker inductees. (Eric) Both of you continued to be involved with and supportive of extension in Ford County have you not? (Alan) In the past, I’ve served on the agricultural committee, I’ve helped judge at the fair. (Beth) I’m on Facts PDC at the present time and also on the Executive Board and serve as the Secretary. I believe this is my last year for that. And then I am active in an extension unit here in Ford County as well and have helped at the fair, I think every year since I’ve been here. (Eric) We don’t want to overlook, you’ve also become a master gardner through extension. (Beth) Yes, I went through master gardening in extension and I did that, I think the first winter that we were married, after we were married because it was a way to get to know people as well as a way to learn how to garden out here, cause it’s so much different from gardening in the Flint Hills. (Eric) Other civic activities and community activities that you’ve been involved with, the two of you. A variety of things from church to community things. What things stand out in your mind Alan when you think back over those activities? (Alan) It’s very important to be involved in your community services and functions. I’ve been involved with the church my whole life, at St. Andrews Church in Wright, and as a community they have done numerous projects. (Beth) I’ve been involved in the church that I go to in Dodge and as far as helping with Bible School and leading a women’s Bible Study during the week and another on Sunday mornings. (Eric) Last thought here and that is, what this recognition as Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker means to each of you. Let’s start with Beth. (Beth) To me it’s the highest honor that a farmer can have. And I feel very humbled to receive it. And we’re very thankful very grateful to Andrea and those on the board that decided to select us out of all the other farmers in the area this year. (Alan) I would agree with Beth’s comments and also it is very humbling to be recognized by your peers as is here to receive this award. (Eric) Well congratulations and well deserved. Thank you very much. (Beth and Alan) Thank you. (Jim) Stay tuned after the break to meet Dewey and Carol Adams.
(Jim) Welcome back to That’s My Farm as Eric introduces us to Dewey and Carol Adams, new inductees into the Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker Class of 2014. (Eric) Dewey and Carol Adams are both natives of north central Kansas. Dewey was raised on a farm on the same section of Clay County where he and Carol now live. Carol spent most of her youth as a city girl in Concordia, but her family also had farming roots, in this case in Cloud County. After a stint in the Kansas National Guard, Dewey returned to the farm for good in 1964, not long after he and Carol were married. And over the years they grew what is now known as AG Farms into the 1,700 acre operation of today which includes wheat, soybeans, grain sorghum, and a beef cow herd. In addition to farming activities Dewey has been extremely active in local extension leadership and as a volunteer fire fighter for over 40 years. Dewey talks about how the Adams farming roots near Wakefield were first put down. (Eric) As you were growing up, talk about what the farm was like. Was it a diversified operation, crops and livestock, what? (Dewey) Just the old diversified farm-milk cows, pigs and chickens and hogs and we just had everything. (Eric) So, did you intend to come back and farm right away then was that your life’s pursuit? (Dewey) No, I had not a plan in my life really, I just didn’t want to leave home, but when Carol and I was married in ’63, I was 20 years old and my Mom and my Dad was both killed in a car wreck and so at that time, I stayed here at the farm. (Eric) Carol did you also grow up on a farm? (Carol) I did not. I was born to a farm family in Cloud County, but my Father died when I was about 18 months old and I had three older sisters and so my Mother and the three older sisters and I moved into Concordia in about 1944 I believe it was. I had a lot of relatives on the farm and because my sisters were a lot older, I was shipped to the farm in the summers to help out and babysit with my nieces and nephews. And I always said, I will not marry a farmer. And look where I am. (Eric) Let’s visit a bit about how you built up the operation, the farming operation once you returned for good. Dewey in the early days as you were running it, what was the size and scope of the operation? What were the main activities? (Dewey) Well, we had this quarter here we had bought. Our share of the quarter from my brother and sister when after the accident to settle up with the state. And so we had this quarter and I’d rent 80 acres of land and that’s how I got started. And the first year, my very first harvest, the wheat made four bushels to the acre, so I decided this is not gonna be a pretty picture very long. But God’s willing we just kept going, and kept going. And we’ve had some excellent crops and we’ve grown in the operation. (Eric) Principally, crop production at this point? (Dewey) Yes. And livestock. (Eric) A little bit of livestock on the side? (Dewey) Cow/calf operation. (Eric) And mostly diversified cropping system with corn, wheat, beans? (Dewey) A lot of rotation right now, have been for quite a few years, 50 percent wheat, 25 percent soybeans and 25 percent milo. Then I rotate my crops for chemical purposes trying to avoid some wheat issues. So I’ve got that approach of farming. Went no tilling about 10-12 years ago. And so I’ve included that into my crop rotation. (Eric) Is that part of the secret to your success, remaining progressive and adapting new things then? (Dewey) My success is the good Lord that I have to give me the rain when I really need the rain and neighbors around to help me when I need help and that’s how my success has been where it’s at. I’ve got a wonderful brother that has helped me a lot. Just people around me. (Eric) And all of the while Carol you were teaching for a few years. (Carol) I taught elementary school and most of the years I was a third grade teacher and I kept having these children come to third grade that were already turned off to school and couldn’t read and I said, there’s gotta be a better way so I asked for a transfer to first grade and that’s where I ended my career was in first grade. And I loved almost every minute of it. (Eric) And every minute of it constituting what…43 years? (Carol) Yes, 43 years. (Eric) Part of this recognition also is for the civic community activities that both of you individually and collectively have participated in over the years. And one of the things that you were involved with early on, some years back, something called Kansas Young Farmers. Remind of what that was and the activities that you participated in? (Carol) Well, for me as a young farm wife that was just becoming involved, it was an organization that I truly learned a lot from. But as I became involved with it, I became involved at the state level. And through our conventions and meetings, I was asked to serve as an officer and did eventually serve as the president of Kansas Young Farm Wives. (Jim) Stay tuned after the break as Eric wraps up with Dewey and Carol Adams.
(Jim) Welcome back to That’s My Farm as we wrap up with the Adams family, new inductees into the Master Farmer/ Master Farm Homemaker Class of 2014. (Eric) You’ve also been involved in a number of other things-extension locally and leadership positions and so forth. In what time we have today, spend more time if you would though, talking a bit about your church activities and particularly your mission work, multiple trips to Central America? (Dewey) Yes. Back in 1977, I had a gentleman from Clay Center ask me to go to Nicaragua to do some mission work. It was right after an earthquake down there. They had a terrible earthquake and destroyed so many buildings and so we went down and worked on a church. I think, I kind of maybe lost track, but I think I’ve been there 17 or 18 times now since ’77. (Eric) And let’s talk about your daughter Rhonda, and she is, has followed in your footsteps Carol and she’s a teacher now. (Carol) Now she’s been at the middle school in Clay Center as the technology teacher and she truly loves it. (Eric) And you have two grandsons who like the farm Dewey? (Dewey) Yes. The oldest one, Adam, has been my shadow since he could…before he could walk. He would ride in the tractor with me for hours on end. Ryan, the younger one, three years ago showed a lot of interest and he became my combine operator. (Eric) Last thing to ask the both of you-your thoughts upon receiving this recognition as Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker and what the recognition means to you. Start with you Carol. (Carol) I would just say I was shocked when we were asked to be considered even for this award and to be chosen I feel very humbled. (Eric) Dewey. (Dewey) I would have to just second that, the same thing. Real honored and blessed to be accepted. (Eric) Again, well deserved and congratulations to the both of you. (Dewey) Thank you. (Carol) Thank you very much. (Eric) Dewey and Carol Adams, Kansas Master Farmer Master Farm Homemaker Class of 2014. (Jim) I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s That’s My Farm and make sure you join us next week as we talk to more ranchers and farmers around the state of Kansas. See you next week.
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