The Hildebrand dairy produces delicious glass-bottle milk that comes in a variety of flavors. They're also a multi-generational, family-run dairy farm in Kansas.Read More
“A farmer understands when he puts that seed in the ground that there are no guarantees. You roll the dice and hope for the best.” Kent continued...Read More
“The best part about farming is that I get to work every day with my best friend. That’s the thing I enjoy the most.” John just smiles back at her in agreement.Read More
For Kansas City area farmers Jeff and Pam Meyers, “Farming is sustained on faith.”Read More
When I first set out to photograph America's farmers, I wanted to write about my experience with the hard-working life-blood of our country. But could my words ever really accurately depict their voice? How could I give America a glimpse into the lives of farmers and ranchers with my words? I couldn't.Read More
Many people are far removed from agriculture and view the relationship between the farmer and animal as distant one. That couldn't be further from the truth. Agriculture revolves around the compassion and connection between the farmer and the animal, a commitment to sustainability and humane practices. It's an age old connection that continues to this day, although usually far removed from daily life of the urban and suburban consumer. The only thing standing in between this gap is experience, a voice, or an image.
I think that is the biggest thing that concerns me about the rhetorically-driven advertisements of chains like Chipotle or Panera bread; without human experience driving your decisions, you are left to trust the merits of the content creator. When the purpose of the content creator is to increase sales through product differentiation there could be an inherent problem.
So please let me introduce you to farmers you might not hear about in media or advertisements who represent the vast majority of US farmers and ranchers.
Thank you for reading. I always look forward to a great discussion about the hard working American farming and ranching families.
One of the greatest sights to behold is the wheat harvest on the plains.
This day was particularly interesting. In the morning, I was serving as an assistant moderator for a focus group with a group of Nigerian flour millers during their stay at certain grain program. Before the focus group began, they talked to me about how much they pay attention to American wheat production.
A few hours later, I was watching the modern marvel of the wheat harvest. American families join together for the success of their small business to reap the hope they had sown in the previous fall. They watched with anticipation and reservation as the winter gave them brutal winds, chill, and little promise.
The spring came, rains come, hail was reserved from the skies, and the fortunate farmers will get a harvest. It hasn't been an easy year for many of Kansas' wheat farmers, but when they begin to harvest their crops, it's a beautiful thing.
Within days, the entire state's wheat will be harvested, counted, and ready for distribution across the world.
Although the message of "farmers feeding the world" doesn't resound in the ears of America anymore, I can guarantee you that message still holds tremendous meaning for people like the flour millers I was able to meet with in the morning.
America's wheat is cheap, high quality, and benefits people from a family pouring their daily Cheerios to a small African towns' flour mills.
The cheap price of Agricultural products such as wheat means that you and I only have to spend approximately 15% of our income on food compared to the 30-50% found in other countries. That additional 15-35% savings is spent supporting the rest of the economy.
To me, that is why American agriculture is a beautiful thing. It is sown on the hopes of American families, for 90%+ farms are made up of small family farms. Their hopes travel across the world.
The American wheat harvest is a sight everyone should see, for in a few days, the risks and hopes of a few make the dreams of many a possibility.
Scott Stebner is an agricultural photographer based out of Kansas.
Well here comes the Clean Dirt Farm , a beautiful company with sustainable roots in Millet Production, specifically Organic Millet. Now many people may not know what Millet is or see it only limited to Bird Seed. However, Millet is naturally Glutten Free, so it’s a super healthy choice.The Clean Dirt Farm cleans and processes the Millet that farmers grow and ships it out to places like Whole Foods Market and countries all over the world.All of this in little ol Sterling, CO
So when the kind folks at the Clean Dirt Farm called me up to help them with a rebranding campaign and doing a few corporate type shots, I couldn’t wait!
It was a true blessing to be on this assignment, and I always feel at home when I can use photography and my passion for agriculture in one shoot