Sunday, October 12, 2014

Farming & Family: The Vogts

Welcome to day 12 of 31 days of Farming and Family.  

I was super excited when Julie agreed to be part of our series as I have enjoyed reading her blog for a while.  She always has amazing photos of their farm happenings.  Let's learn a little more about her, her family and their farm...

1. Who are you and where are you located?

Milton and Julie Vogts, we reside in Central Kansas.  We have three daughters but only one that still resides at the farm. Milton was raised on his family farm and Julie spent time in her childhood on a farm and feedlot atmosphere. Our faith, family, and farming are the most important things to us.

2. How did your farm begin? 

The farming operation started four generations ago.  Milton works beside his 86 year old father to this day, which we feel is a true blessing.  The operation has been in the past years, wheat, corn, milo, pigs, and feeder cattle.


 3. What does your farm produce?

Currently the farm produces wheat, grain sorghum, soybeans, and corn.  We farm about 900 acres. During the winter months we also have feeder cattle and we currently have a few chickens to give us eggs daily.

 4. What is the busiest time of year for your farm?

The busiest time is wheat sowing season and fall harvest.  The wheat sowing occurs during October and so does grain sorghum and soybean harvest.  So you can find Milton in either a tractor or combine, as long as the weather is agreeable!

5. How do younger generations help on the farm?

Our daughter is six years old and she collects eggs daily.  She cares for the chickens and washes the eggs.You can often find her in her father’s shadow. She will ride in the tractor or combine, do field inspections with us, feed the farm dog, and sweep grain while the trucks are unloading into the bin storage we have on the farm.  


6. With all there is to do on a farm, are you involved off the farm?


We are involved in our church and Julie works outside the home part time with many farmers and ranchers in the insurance industry. As our daughter gets older, I am sure we will be come more active in school activities.


7. What's your favorite activity to do together as a family on the farm?

Inspect the fields on our Kawasaki Mule.  It’s a fun ride and Milton can teach our daughter (and his wife) so much in that time together!  During the busy seasons, taking meals to him in the field is a highlight for his farm wife and daughter as well!



8. Why is family important to your farm?

Farming is not an easy business to just start up.  With the existing family (Milton’s parents) choosing to farm, it gave Milton a smoother transition into farming.  They all work together on a daily basis, not just during harvest or planting time. Building and sustaining a family legacy is so important to a farm.  That occurs when family builds that together, generation after generation.


9. What's one thing you want non-farm families to know?

We care for our animals and the land because it is our livelihood. If we don’t take care of it, we wouldn’t exist and the farm wouldn’t either.  That we work hard to produce a quality product for them to enjoy and sustain their life with.  Feeding our family and theirs is a job that is done with honor.  



10. Do you have a blog, a farm Facebook page, twitter, etc where people can find out more about you and your farm?  




Thanks again to the Vogts for agreeing to share their story on the blog.  If you have questions for them please leave them in the comments below.  I also encourage you to take a moment and visit their farm blog!  

Until we meet again God bless you & keep you!

Caci