To run a farm

Cows getting their evening feed at Degenhardt Farms. ECA Review/Naomi Degenhardt
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Cows getting their evening feed at Degenhardt Farms. ECA Review/Naomi Degenhardt

Managing a farm is no easy task and with many of the hard-working men and women who have run the farms in our area growing older, younger people need to learn how to take care of the land they inherit.

Farming isn’t easy, so it is important that the next generation has lots of help along the way from their elders.

To run a farm requires several skills that need to be learned over time.

Kerry Degenhardt, third-generation farmer with crops and cattle near Hughenden knows that there are many things to consider to run a successful farm.

“Time management and motivation are two very important factors to managing a farm,” Degenhardt says, “as well as your ability to choose information sources that can predict weather conditions, commodity pricing and input pricing two to three months away.” He is also clear on the complexity of the life of a farmer.

“No one can say they know how to run a farm because there are always new things to learn and skills to develop,” said Degenhardt.

Even with advances in technology and crop science, it will likely never be easy to run a farm.

Several skills are required and you can never learn them all.

Farming is also often a lifelong occupation, so young people need to learn to enjoy all of the things that come along with it.

Majestic sunrises and sunsets are just some of the rewards to be had.

This joy for farming comes at a perfect time as the nation recently celebrated Canadian Agriculture Day in part of a campaign by Agriculture More Than Ever on Feb. 22 2022 for its sixth consecutive year.

 

by Josephine Degenhardt

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