About

The beginning of this blog is my former dream as a farmer, mother, and wife in rural Iowa.

A life I tried desperately to love, but never really could.

I poured my passion into it, but it wasn’t who I truly was, and I couldn’t keep it up.

I was blogging about the day-to-day life of family-corporate-agribusiness-farming and worked to dispel the myths about where your food comes from.  I still have all the convictions I wrote about, but my life has taken an unforseen turn, so therefore this blog is coming along with me.  We shall see where it ends up.

I began farming full-time with my husband when I married him in 2005, but my interest in agriculture began way before that.  I was in 4-H and FFA as a kid, although I didn’t grow up on a farm, per-se.  My favorite hobby is horseback riding, and I spent a lot of time with horses as a kid.  As I got closer to deciding on a career path, I concluded that agriculture offered more opportunity for me.

As a high schooler, I worked for farmers, picking rock, doing books, hauling manure, hauling cattle, and working and sorting cattle.  After high school I  completed a two-year degree in Ag Sales and Service – Office Technician, and worked for two different co-ops and a farm supply store before entering the world of full-time farming.

Then, I was part stay-at-home mom, part farmer.  And I tried to love it.  I kept most of the books for the farm as well as helped out in the field or with chores when I was needed.  I lived for the variety that farming offers.  No two days are ever the same.  I also enjoyed watching the fruits of my family’s labor grow… be it the new-born calf,  the freshly planted corn field, or my three beautiful children (and equally beautiful nieces).

My goal with this blog was to let you, the consumer, see where your food comes from and how it gets raised on our farm.  Now, I’m not sure where it’s going to end up.  I’m writing because it’s therapeutic to me.  I think I will continue to educate about agriculture.  Of course, my life has changed, so my experiences are going to be very different.  My passion for agriculture remains the same, I will always work in the ag field in some capacity.  Right now, I’m still figuring out just exactly what that capacity will be.  So, come along with me on my journey…

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Wayne Nieman on April 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Liz,

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I want to make sure the Lisa and Andrea get a chance to view it, too. Keep up the great work (yes, it is called “work” when you are raising a family and farming day and night)!

    We are planning a trip to Iowa near the end of June, so we hope to see you then.

    Wayne

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    • Thanks Wayne, I’m excited to keep it going. There are so many things I want to write about, I don’t even know what to do next! We will look forward to your visit!

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  2. Posted by Wayne Nieman on April 26, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Liz,

    This is another very information post. Thanks for sharing. Hope you had a great weekend!

    Wayne

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  3. I love your passion for agvocacy! I’d like to talk with you in more detail about your blog/blogging experience. Would you mind calling me at 1-877-GO-LATHAM (465-2842)?

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  4. Liz,
    Love what you’re doing here;you can count me as a fan! I look forward to reading more about your farm, your family (cute kids!) and the work, sweat and challenges of being a modern farmer. Thanks for all you do!

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  5. Lovely blog, Liz. Keep it up… From one Iowa girl to another. …

    🙂

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  6. Posted by Kika Punyua on February 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Great blog!
    I’m a senior at Glenelg Country School in Ellicot City, Maryland a college praperatory school and I hope to major in Agriculture science in college. I would like to talk with you about farming specifically “Corn growing” I am writing a paper on corn. You can reach me at kikanaep@glenelg.org
    Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon.

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  7. Posted by hmckeagHeather on November 16, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Hello, I am a journalism student and I am wondering if you would give me permission to quote you and your blog in an article I am writing about the current farm bill and the possible effects it could have on ethanol production in Iowa.

    Reply

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