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A Growing Family Farm

October 3, 2011, 10:05 PM by Jon Berg

A Growing Family Farm
BROOKINGS, SD - Farmer Bob Even is harvesting soybeans just north of Brookings, it's something he's been doing for over 60 years.

"When I got out of the service, I was helping my dad then I got married right away and then we rented a quarter land close to home and I used dad's machinery and I helped him and used his machinery to start farming and then I just progressed from there," Bob said.

It's a farm Bob took over from his dad, and now his son is doing the same.

Rick Even has taken over most of the farming from his father, but he still enjoys seeing him out in the fields.

"My dad is 85 and still wants to run the combine," Rick said.

But Rick isn't the youngest in the family working in the fields; his son is also part of this generational family farm.

"After high school and I went to college, and then after college that's when I went full time kind of, helped out more after college and that was 10 or 12 years ago," Jeremy Even said.

And the equipment has advanced since the first machinery Bob bought when he started, his son Rick says that today they're able to cover more land in a shorter amount of time.

"Back when I was a young grasshopper it you know, 160 acres a lot of farms were, but now it's thousands, you can go over so much acre so much faster with the technology. The Combine, it drives itself, off the satellite, you can seed it without even steering it," Rick said.

And Bob's grandfather is actually the one who started this family farm nearly a century ago, and Bob along with his son and grandson hope they can keep the farm in the family for many more generations.

"It's exciting to see it kept in the family because nowadays it's so hard to keep younger ones on the farm, a lot of people think there's no future in farming and it's tough and takes a lot of money so it's real gratifying to just see it progressing and staying in the family," Bob said.

The family chain doesn't stop there, Jeremy hopes that someday his son will take over the farm.

"I hope to learn as much from my grandpa and my dad and try to apply those farming principles in my life and try to teach that to my son and hopefully I’ll be a grandpa someday," Jeremy said.

Along with being blessed with their family, these farmers say they've been fortunate through the years to watch their farm continue to grow.

"The good Lord has been good to South Dakota farmers that's for sure," Rick said

Hoping this five generations of farmers sticks around for many more.

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