When I grow up…

The childhood question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has been at the top of my mind lately. All the formative years growing up on the farm, riding in the combine with Dad, sitting on the tractor with Grandpa, feeding the horses and taking in the sunset as the frogs and crickets chirp have come full circle. As my professional career in farmland real estate continues to take shape, I am constantly reminded of those pleasant childhood memories each and every time I visit with a client or someone asks me “What are you up to these days?”

I’ve quickly realized that helping people find their dream property in the country, add to their farmland holdings, advising on CRP and wildlife habitat programs or simply listening to my client’s challenges about selling the family farm does not feel like work to me. It’s what I enjoy and I consider myself very lucky that I get to wake up every morning and continue on this path set before me.

There will always be farm market research, due diligence and deadlines to meet, but it doesn’t feel like work to me. Being a land broker and spending time on the farm and in the woods is what I truly enjoy. I believe it translates into helping my clients achieve their goals with their own farms and land.

With the 4th of July holiday upon us, my family and I will spend some time in the community where I grew up and as I reflect on my professional career coming full circle, I can only hope that my kids get to spend their lives with purpose – happy and content.


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