The passion Cedar County Farm Bureau member Brian Gould feels for agriculture and keeping the family farming tradition alive is so great it brought him to tears as he spoke. That’s because just four short years ago before his grandfather passed away, he promised he’d do everything in his power to keep the farm going.
And that’s just what he has done in Laurel, Neb., with the help of his father, two uncles, younger brother Brett and 87-year-old grandmother.
After Brian graduated from Northeast Community College with a degree in Ag Production in 2001, he met his wife Amy (who grew up in Decatur, Neb.,) and took her on her first tractor and combine rides. In 2003, Brian and Brett took on a farming venture in Aurora, 150 miles from Laurel. They raise corn and soybeans, half of which are dryland and the other half irrigated.
Brian says splitting time between farms can be challenging, but he still finds time to operate a commercial grain truck for Dixon Elevator since there aren’t enough acres for all families to pull income from.
Brian and Amy are Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee
members and have two young girls – Danica who is almost 5 and Leah who is 2. Amy says she is educating them about the farm and where their food comes from.
Amy graduated from Wayne state with a degree in Elementary Education and is a stay-at-home-mom running a daycare three days a week.