Hilary and Brian Maricle are the sixth generation to live and work on Maricle Family Farms with his family in Boone County, Nebraska just south of Albion. They stay busy with five children and Hilary also enjoys her role of teaching agriculture to young farmers who are in college.
They raise cattle, corn, hogs and soybeans. The cows are Angus and then are bred to Simmental/Angus bulls. They also grow their own hogs from feeder to finish.
Hilary tells us a little more about their upbringing and her unique understanding about the “farm to fork” concept.
Hilary studied at the University of Nebraska and received her Master’s Degree in Ag Leadership and says her favorite time of year is calving season – assisting with birthing and then working with the calves. Another passion is teaching her children how to show cattle and ride horses, and teaching them the values of agriculture through 4-H and life on the farm.
Hilary recently received the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) award which is designed to enhance leadership skills and also provide participants with unique ways to represent agriculture.
When asked why it’s so important for producers to share their story, Hilary says her real motivation is her children.
Hilary is involved in social media including Facebook, YouTube and her blog in an effort to educate family, friends, students and anyone interested in learning more about modern agriculture.