Hitchcock County Farm Bureau member Dustin Ladenburger spent 11 of his childhood years engaged in livestock projects for 4-H, but around 7th grade, his interest peaked when he learned more about proper cattle handling. He furthered that interest with a degree in Range Management from Chadron State and came back to the family farm near Stratton right out of college.
Dustin farms with his father and younger brother, and between the three of them they have 10,000 acres split 50/50 between grassland for the cattle and farm ground for corn, wheat and feed.
He says his parents claim he can talk to anyone, anywhere. And that just might be one of his hidden talents that opens up doors to have conversations about where food comes from. Listen more here.
Dustin says the Nebraska Young Farmers and Ranchers committee would like to see
agriculture in the 4th grade curriculum which is in line with his passion for teaching young children. Some may not know that he also has his teaching degree. Dustin tells us more here.
And like every farmer, Dustin has a family story and farming technique up his sleeve that we think makes him special. A bit hesitant that he may come across too proud, Dustin shares his story about where his farm ground comes from and how he does his part to protect the land and the wildlife in his area.