Other than the obvious variables such as the weather and commodity prices, I would like to see more young adults getting involved in agriculture and for the public to have a better understanding of what farming is and how it benefits them on a daily basis. I can still remember the first tractor I drove, a 630 John Deere, long before I ever drove a car.
Whether I’m in the combine or building the next hog barn, each day is different.
This type of stimulating work can entice and keep farmers in the business. farmers provide reliable, safe and affordable commodities for people all over the world.
He excelled at athletics and extra-curricular activities at Starmont High School, where he earned his State FFA degree in soybean proficiency, wrestled in the heavy weight division, participated in track and focused on football. His talent and enthusiasm for football led to a scholarship with Iowa Central in Fort Dodge, where Chris also began his agricultural education.
Soules transferred after his sophomore year to pursue a double major in agricultural studies and agronomy at Iowa State University, where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2004.
First and foremost, I know the people involved in agriculture.
We talk amongst ourselves and believe in the bright future ahead.
Last but not least, it's a rewarding job, where you get to see your efforts come to fruition. Unfortunately, because farmers have done such a good job, they are often taken for granted. However, the disconnect between farmers and consumers is understandable as population trends have led to a more urban lifestyle for many.
Farmers are naturally hard-working, humble individuals. Through my experience, I have come to realize farmers need to work harder to tell our story – because it's a great one. I'm carrying on a tradition my grandfather and father instilled in me.
With the population growth projected to expand from 7 to 9 billion by 2050, the need for farmers will only increase.
Advances in technology also ensure farmers are positioned for future success. It is what I love – and being involved with agriculture is something I will do for the rest of my life.
Today, Chris’ passion for agriculture is evident as he hopes to encourage youth and young adults to pursue a career in the industry.