For many generations, we have prided ourselves with the ability to work with several different landlords and farm managers to produce the organic food that helps feed the world. We believe in an open line of communication between the landlord/manager and ourselves results in the best practices being applied to your farm resulting in a return on your investment that you will be happy with.
With all of the changes agriculture is set to endure over the next decade we feel that our operation is in a position to take production agriculture to a new level and are interested in adding new and potential landlords to our team. If you would like more information on how you can be a part of Engelhard Family Farms, please contact us. We look forward to working with you!
We have started a monthly newsletter for our landlords and business partners to better improve communication regarding our business practices. Check out the latest newsletters below.
January/February 2019 Newsletter
March 2019 Newsletter
December 2019 Newsletter
September 2019 Newsletter
January 2020 Newsletter
June 2019 Newsletter
November 2019 Newsletter
Some cab commentary from Nathan as he plants soybeans tonight...
It is June 4th. We are normally done planting by now but this year we are on our 4th day of planting. Our FOURTH DAY! While this is a tough pill to swallow, it has allowed me to gain some perspective about the future of farming.
I will admit that yes, it has been hard to get crops in this year. But something else is brewing that hasn't been there in the past. There seems to be a lot more negativity in our conversations amongst our community members, friends, and other farmers. I understand that the markets are not where we want them and the stress of working as a country to fix trade deals can feel like we will never get off this roller coaster of emotions.
To top that all off, we are now fighting this weather that seems to be unrelenting and unforgiving. All in all, it has been a rough start to our year. But what happened to farmers being eternal optimists? What happened to just control what we can control, do the best with what we have been given and leave the rest up to God, who will ultimately provide? Are we so blinded by the stress of the market and the weather that we don't realize how fortunate we truly are?
This is the only life I know. I have seen some really bad times and I have seen some really good times. The good times last about as long as the bad times from what I have seen. Over the last 127 years, my family has been on this farm and we have been given more than what has not been given. The bad times help me remember what I have to look forward to and why I keep the dream alive, even when it seems that every card in the deck is stacked against me.
As a young farmer, one thing I can guarantee you is that there is someone in your area that is young, enthusiastic and would LOVE to have the opportunity to farm more land to help make a living for his or her family.
If you feel like farming isn’t for you anymore due to the challenges that you are facing, please reach out and find that farmer down the road. They are probably dying for the chance to do more, learn more, and to do better for their family and for yours. You can rent your farm to someone with the burn and desire that you once had and might have seen fade in the last few years and be a valuable resource of knowledge, experience and support.
Now more than ever, we need to stick together and help each other where we can in the agriculture community.
Most of those younger farmers need advice:
- On how to weather the storm!
- And to have someone who will listen to their crazy ideas, whose able to encourage them differently than a spouse would because that spouse might not understand how their mind works.
- Or who will listen to the young farmer vent about their problems because this experienced farmer TRULY understands the grit and sacrifice it takes, the heartbreak from a bad season, and also the thrill of seeing your crops grow in the field and yielding well.
If I could ask one thing of you, it would be to take a look at the younger people in your community who you could potentially trust with carrying on the farming tradition and keeping the agriculture dream alive. Reach out to them. Let them know that you are here for them and things will truly get better. That the sun will shine again after the rain storm. Help plant the seed for success with the younger generation.
Could you change someones life today?