Thorpe and Shelly Thompson, Whitney, Neb., are no strangers to hard work but they don’t want sympathy or hand-outs either. Shelly grew up around farming via her grandparents’ ranch, but her father worked construction; Thorpe was raised in agriculture and his family had a small feedlot. The two of them were married, began renting ground and seven years ago, purchased land and built their feedlot from the ground-up. Thorpe also incorporated his pharmaceutical business which he started after college.
Shelly is the current Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) chair and the two recently returned from a trip to Washington, D.C. where they spoke with Nebraska’s Congressional delegates about many issues facing agriculture today.
Thorpe says for him and Shelly and their six children, it’s their lifestyle and their passion. They both feel as though being on the farm teaches their children responsibility, a strong work ethic and a respect for family time. But that lifestyle doesn’t come easy.
Shelly says farm life isn’t an 8 to 5 job and has to chuckle when someone says life on the farm just seems “slower.” They’re constantly on the go, but they still find time to support agriculture.
The Thompsons are just one example of Nebraska families dedicated to feeding their own family, their neighbors and the world.