Get to Know Your Nebraska Farmers: Ben and Jamie Keep

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 for the rest of their lives.

Jamie says they both grew up on the farm, but the farm is now growing with them. Today, they run an 80-head commercial cow operation, 30-head purebred Charolais cows and farm 500 acres of dryland and irrigated crops (corn, soybeans, alfalfa, milo and wheat). This year will mark the 30th annual bull sale for her family’s purebred Charolais operation near Fullerton, Neb.

Jamie has an Animal Science degree and Ben graduated with a Range Management degree after which he came home to farm. After an accident that changed Jamie’s life, she migrated toward farm duties outside the fence and inside the tractor, thus becoming the record-keeper and clerk for the farm and family operation. She says her passion is the people and feels that even in small towns where agriculture is the main commodity there is a misunderstanding about the myths and truths of farming.

The Keeps have a generational farm, meaning it stems from a young man who went off to college and then returned home to save the family farm. And to help other families in the same situation keep a hand in the business, Ben has taken on the daily work for two herds of leased cows from elderly neighbors.

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.

Continue to check back to the blog each Thursday to get to know more farmers and ranchers from across Nebraska as they share their everyday stories. Read past stories about farmers and ranchers here.

Learn more about ag families in Nebraska by visiting www.nefb.org. And while there, be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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