You may recall I grew up on a family dairy farm in Minnesota. My dad, Marlin, is at least a 3rd generation farmer (we’re not sure about generations back in his home country of Germany, near the Austrian border), whose family grew vegetables, milked cows for butter & fresh milk, and raised chickens for eggs. His dad, William, the oldest of 10 kids, had the responsibility of driving the produce to market each morning, getting up at 3 AM to load the wagon and hitch the mules to drive the 10 miles to town for grocery deliveries. Dad built our house, a modern milking parlour, two large sheds and multiple silos, while raising three kids and often working part-time jobs to supplement our family income.
Growing up my dad taught me that hard work is always worth the effort and the support of your family is worth the hassles they give you. This wisdom is just a few of the valuable life lessons that farming fathers teach their children. In honor of the U.S. holiday of Father’s Day, and farming fathers everywhere, we at AGCO decided to pay tribute by sharing some of the life lessons our employees have learned from their farming fathers, and grandfathers.
What life lessons did your farming father or grandfather teach you? Post a comment, or if you have a video you would like to share, post the YouTube link to your video as a comment.