John from Pasture Perfect Beef tells us why he loves to farm, it’s importance to him, the local environment and economy.
I started farming on the family farm in 1960. I bought my first farm and went into business for myself in 1988.
I went into farming for the chance at self-expression and self-direction that it offers. Farming allowed me to use my vision, intelligence, character, innovation and stamina to create a tangible expression of who I am. Farming can be like a life-time work of sculpture.
Spring calving (up to 15 calves a day) is wonderful reminder of hope renewal and mortality. September makes me weep to see the fullness and ripeness of cattle and crops achieved with my work and the grace of Nature.
Farming as a business can only be successful if there is a commitment to the lifestyle. The lifestyle is only viable if the farming business is sustainable.
I like to think my farm has an important role in the community. It is a nice part of the landscape and a touchstone for the local people. Over the years we have employed over 50 people. We have paid over $600,000.00 in local and school taxes in three townships with nearly no demand on public services and no students attending public school. Since land is not a deductible expense we have paid many, many thousands of dollars in state, local and federal taxes on the income to purchase the farm. I am personally responsible (and liable) for the conservation and preservation of the soil and water on 1500 acres for whoever will use it in the future.