Katie Pinke / Agweek Publisher
"How are you doing?" is a common daily question in the rural Upper Midwest culture I call home. It's like a greeting of hello. You hear it in our small towns, passing by in the grocery store or after church on Sunday. Most answers are "good" or "busy." And then we all go on about our days. We walk away not saying how we're really doing, whether it be full of positive news or a struggle we're facing.
In celebration of high school basketball tournament time, I am sharing my most read blog post about small town sports, originally published on March 1, 2014. It's shortened in length for this column. You can find the rest of the story with photos at: https://thepinkepost.areavoices.com/2014/03/01/outsiders-view-small-town... . After 25 games, our son and his Mustangs team ended their basketball season this past week. I was still thinking about basketball on a flight early the next morning and decided to download pictures of the tournament from my camera onto my computer.
Q: What is your role in agriculture today?
Q: How has agriculture shaped your life? I have never known a lifestyle outside of agriculture. I grew up in central Nebraska on a cow/calf operation and my parents are still active in the ranching business. My sister and I are the fifth generation to be involved in production agriculture. My husband, Jim, and I live and ranch on his family operation where we are the fourth generation to operate on this land. I've been a full-time at-home ranch wife since 2012 and work side-by-side with my husband every day.
Q: What is your role in agriculture today? Our mission at Peterson Farms Seed is to provide our regional customers with cutting-edge corn and soybean products which will allow them to prosper and eventually pass their farms down to their kids. Beyond that, I believe our company has a responsibility to participate in the wider ag landscape, so I get involved in promoting our industry in multiple ways.