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F4F - Michael Bergen - 1st Gen Farmer & Ultra-Marathoner

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@michael_bergen Instagram: ___ TikTok: ___ YouTube: ___ Twitter: 4.8k

  • Catch Up
  • Where are they from, what do they farm, how did they get into farming
  • How’s the family - do they farm with family?
  • Aurora, NE
  • Started adult life <10 miles from where he grew up
  • Father, husband, coach
  • 1st generation Nebraska row crop farmer
  • Family owned and operated farm -- Irrigated corn and soybeans for biofuels
  • Childhood → Now
  • 2 yrs old - pushed John Deere tractors across the floor
  • 2006 - graduated from UNL → planted 1st crop on 145 acres
  • Now: ⅔ corn, ⅓ soybeans
  • Farms on top of the world's largest source of water, the Ogallala Aquifer - irrigate crops during summer
  • Utilize center pivot irrigation, subsurface drip irrigation, and a smaller amount of flood irrigation
  • Corn stored on farm in grain bins - haul during winter/spring
  • 95% of our corn used for biofuels. *huge supporter of biofuels
  • Stewards of the land, water, and air
  • Fun facts: 100 mile runner, Future author
  • Trap shooting - with his son, uncle, nephew
  • Wife is the executive director of Aurora Development Corporation
  • Broke ground on $20M chemical manufacturing plant - 8/11/23
  • 2 Twin Sons
  • One has special needs (I’m not sure how willing he is to talk about it but posted on twitter)
  • Worked 8 weeks before fair to show his animals
  • Other son plays baseball
  • Started to let him drive the tractor on his own
  • Michael coaches high school track
  • Hamilton County Corn Growers President
  • Leadership Academy - what did this include? Who attended?
  • Attended Commodity Classic
  • A delegate for Nebraska Corn growers fro Corn Congress General Session
  • Harvest
  • Drought and intense heat ruined some of his crops - Ahead of schedule
  • If you were an animal, what do you think you would be?
  • If you could make anything bigger on your body what would it be?

Word association

Twitter Trap-Shooting Irrigation Biofuel

Milk Love Popsicle Mitten

Rainbow Zoo Bracelet Submarine Whiskey Embarrassment Disgust Science Taxes

  • What’s next for them?
  • What can our listeners do to help?

What do you like most about being a farmer or about farmers ?

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