After growing up on my family's century old farm in Eastern Iowa, I have gained so much essential knowledge that stemmed from several agricultural experiences. I can remember long days in the tractor, coloring away while my mother operated the grain cart and my father administered the combine. Those were the most simplistic and yet most enjoyable days spent with my entire family, and honestly, I can't even imagine what this life would be like if I wasn't a farmer's daughter.
Now, when I utilize the title farmer's daughter, I'm not just stating that my father is the sole manager of my family's diversified grain and livestock operation; my mother is just as essential. Unlike most mothers, my mom is capable of driving heavy-duty machinery while also providing tender care for our livestock. She is the definition of a FarmHer. My mother's actions, words and personality are attributes that I wish to emulate as I continue to pursue my degree in agriculture.
My father, on the other hand, is just as dedicated and hard-working to our family farm. He is completely invested into our operation and has shown me that hard work is important when going after your dreams. My parents are unbelievably grateful to add my older brother to the mix, as he brings such great technological insight to our farming operation as well. I know that he has transitioned wonderfully into our operation and will continue to succeed as a young farmer.
Furthermore, all of the passion and dedication that my family has displayed towards the agricultural industry has provided me with such pride to be called a farmer's daughter. If it wasn't for my tight-knit family ties, I don't think that I would have the drive to promote our rural demographic in a positive manner.
Being a farmer's daughter has also provided me with desire to break the ridiculous stereotypes that surround this so-called title. No, I do not look like Daisy Duke and wear a flannel crop top and short jean shorts. In fact, you could find me on my family's farm wearing long jeans with a T-shirt, doing one of my favorite tasks: working with the cows and calves.
My perspective of a farmer's daughter is someone who cares deeply for each and every animal on the farm. These type of girls have a great love for the aspects of their family farm and obtain a profound interest for the agricultural field.
Our family has been farming for over one hundred years, which provides us with a great amount of pride and joy. Nonetheless, one thing that I will always proudly carry with me is that I am and always will be a farmer's daughter.