When Adam Sudmann of Treynor started farming right out of college in the early 2000s, his future in agriculture wasn’t so secure.
Corn prices hovered around $2, and pork producers were still recovering from the hog market crash of 1998. But Sudmann didn’t let these setbacks discourage him from coming back home to farm in western Iowa.
Over the years, Sudmann has successfully expanded his farming operation, adding more acres, updating his farm equipment, adopting new technology and raising more hogs.
“Every young farmer, they’ve got a lot going on, and they want to do good,” says Sudmann, a West Pottawattamie County Farm Bureau board member. “They like to farm the ground. They have a passion for it. That’s what we do every day.”
Sudmann, 34, is one of three finalists for the Iowa Farm Bureau Young Farmer Achievement Award. The winner will be announced at the 2014 Iowa Farm Bureau annual meeting Dec. 2-3 in Des Moines.
IFBF achievement award finalists show passion for agriculture
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