Brenda Frketich is a third generation farmer from St. Paul, Oregon. She has been farming full time since 2006 and currently manages her family's 1000 acre farm. They raise grass seed, hazelnuts, clover, wheat and peas. She grew up on the farm but never thought that farming was what would be her future. She left her small town to Los Angeles to get a degree in Business. But after years of city living she realized farming was in her blood.
Brenda is very involved in many parts of her industry and community. She is a volunteer Firefighter and EMT in her small town. She is involved in Farm Bureau, is a Clover Commissioner, and always tries to find new ways to bridge the gap between her urban neighbors and her rural life of farming. One of the ways she does this is through this blog, and also her personal blog, www.Nuttygrass.com
Brenda is married to Matt Frketich who has also recently started to work with her on the farm. They have two dogs and are expecting their first baby in May 2014!
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National Ag day was just this past Tuesday, and it also marked the 100th birthday of Norman Borlaug. Now if you haven't heard of this great man before, take some time to learn about what he has done for modern day agricluture. It's pretty impressive. So impressive it actually won him the Nobel Prize, and gave him the name of the Father of the Green revolution, not to mention a Congressional Gold Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom...the list goes on and on.
**Photo courtesy of AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers.
I'm not here to give you a history lesson, you can do your own research on this great man. But what I do what to say is that the fear of not being able to feed people on this earth isn't a new thing. It isn't something that has just jumped up out of no where putting us into hysterics along with all those fancy graphics and slide shows that prove that we have an impending problem of feeding the world's people on our hands.
And we have come a long ways! Here are just a few farming facts for you...
The energy used to grow a bushel of corn has fallen 37% over the past 30 years. (USDA)
US farmers produce about 40% of the world's corn using only 20% of the total harvestable acres in the world. (America's farmers)
They also produce 5 times more corn on 20% less land than they did in the '30's! (USDA)
And most of this is attributed to the fact that using science and technology to further our ability as farmers to feed more people is paying off. It seems short sighted to worry about feeing a growing population, while not wanting to embrace any of the new advances that have come from great men like Norman Borlaug.
So take a minute this week, to first of all thank a farmer who has grown food for you and your family. And secondly think about about what a big job we have ahead of us, and give us a little credit that we are trying to provide safe and healthy food for you and your family for the next 100 years and beyond!