Meet Ben Tirrell, whose family has owned the same farm for more than 100 years. They raise sheep and beef cattle, plus corn, soybeans and wheat. He shares about a variety of topics including:

  • What he can tell about a farmer’s personality right out of the gate
  • A few unique challenges of farming near the city
  • Favorite family traditions with his two daughters
  • How he spends time when he’s not working full- and part-time
  • A worry he has for our future
  • A skill he tries to focus on both professionally and personally
  • A sport that should be featured on ESPN
  • Ways he’s involved in his community beyond raising food
  • The best advice he’s been given
  • What’s been different about going to school now
  • Ways that farmers are reaching out to others to be more open about farmlife

Sites mentioned in this podcast:

  • MDARD Right to Farm program: https://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1599_1605—,00.html
  • Michigan Farm Bureau: https://www.michfb.com/mi/

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