Howard County Farm Bureau members Ben and Jamie Keep grew up 50 miles from each other but had no idea the future would bring them together. Jamie says they both grew up on farms and ranches, and now the farm is now growing with them.
Today, they have an 80-head commercial cow herd, 30-head purebred Charolais cows and farm 500 acres of dryland and irrigated corn, soybeans, alfalfa, milo and wheat. This year will mark the 31st annual bull sale for her family’s purebred Charolais ranch near Fullerton, Neb.
Ben graduated with a Range Management degree and Jamie has an Animal Science degree. Ben was a Range Technician and Wildland Firefighter before he decided to return home to farm. Jamie has continued her involvement with the family cattle operation, but now spends more time in the tractor and keeping records.
Ben and Jamie are both 5th generation producers, and hope to continue raising crops and cattle for several generations to come.
Jamie spends the majority of her work-day protecting what is important to you through insurance, while employed by Farm Bureau Financial Services
. She appreciates being able to relate to her insured’s with similar rewards and challenges from her background.
Ben and Jamie say they enjoy being on the Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee
because it’s a way for them to impact the future of agriculture, to educate the public about why it’s so important to do what we do, and make the connection of how their food gets to their plates.