Horner Family

Horner Family


(leisurely music) – Growing up as a
young girl on the farm, I was with my Dad, at
his side at all times, if he was in the
field mowing hay, I was in the field mowing hay. We were together all the time. I think I stayed in farming ’cause it was my
Dad who pushed me and made me feel it was
just part of my background. I started working with
Dad, boy, when I was young. I was probably seven or eight,
going out and helping them, my biggest things
was always the cows. The baby calves, was
always the highlight. After I got married and I moved to this
farm with my husband, I wanted that agricultural
background in me to come out in me more and
I do help a lot on the farm, I do want this agriculture
business to continue. I treat my kids as I
was treated growing up, I push the farm aspect quite
a bit, my husband does too, he was very active in
FFA, I was active in 4-H so you put them two together you are going to try
to push your kids. I never cooked with my mom
and I hate cooking now. (laughing) I don’t like it. I would rather be outside,
working with the cows, doing anything outside related that I don’t have
to come in and cook. My favorite season on
the farm is calving, it always has been, watching a cow give
birth to a new born calf, the birthing part of
it is just amazing, that you can transform that and you can go from zero
one day to 500 in a month. (laughing) And have a lot of
them running around, when you put them out to
pasture, you look for them and you make sure
they’re doing good. But you do always have the
tribulation of losing some and I take it really hard
when we do lose some, but it’s part of life,
you can’t save them all. You try, you try. Having three daughters, I’m really excited
that one of them did go into the
agriculture business. That was kind of a shock to me, that she wanted to go
to college and do that and I’m glad she did,
I’m so glad she did. (peaceful music) – I just graduated
college in April and I am back on the farm where I help my Dad out and
I also took a job in Napoleon as a bookkeeper at a law firm, where I work 20 hours
right now there a week and I also sell REA
Hybrid seeds, on the side. When I started growing up, I was with my Dad
and my Grandpa a lot, being the oldest of the
family, I was always outside and my family likes
to push agricultural, so we were never really in
the house sittin’ around or watching TV, where’s
there’s always somethin’ to do, and my Dad started pushing
me to work on equipment and work more outside, which threw me to
the farming aspect and getting up where I’m 19 now, my Grandpas are
startin’ to retire and they’re the
ones that asked me before I graduated high school, if you’re really
gonna go into this, we’d like to talk and
try to help you out, if you want to stick
with agriculture, and that’s what
drove me the most, I never really was
interested in anything else in high school, more driven
towards the farming aspect or the bookkeeping aspect of it. The assets that have
to be put into farming, I don’t know if I see myself
by myself in the future, I see myself staying with my Dad and possibly marrying
a farmer myself, to start our own family on
our farm and push farming. But I do definitely see
me staying with my Dad, working with my Dad,
sharing equipment, that way I don’t have to take
all the assets on myself, we can just help each
other back and forth. The number one technology
thing that gets used the most on the farm is our cellphones. If you break down or you need
something you call right away, you don’t go run after
them to find them. The other farming thing
that we use the most is GPS in the tractors, that gets used in every
single tractor we have, every equipment, it
all gets used GPS, it’s the simplest thing to do. I can’t imagine not using
GPS back in the days. I do like cows a lot, I have
about 40 cows of my own, so I’m out there a
lot with the cows. My mom is a lot more
into calving than I am. We take shifts checking cattle,
I’ll do the night shifts and my parents do
during the day shifts, but I’m definitely out there
helping if anything goes wrong or if we need help
with a calf or feeding. I feed every
morning with my Dad. When I was thinking
about my future, I want to farm, but if I
get married to a farmer, obviously times
are tough right now and you aren’t both gonna
make it farming strictly so coming back to Napoleon, there are some places you
could get jobs as an accountant and I was just happy
enough to find one. So I just kinda step
my foot into there and hopefully it keeps
growing from there. – [Narrator] Production
funding is provided by, The Tri-County Tourism Alliance, The Opp-Mertz Family, The NDSU Libraries: Germans
from Russia Heritage Collection, McIntosh County Bank, The Minnesota Arts &
Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the
vote of the people of Minnesota on
November 4th 2008, and by the members
of Prairie Public.

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