Grand Forks, North Dakota
While attending the University of North Dakota, Christopher Adams confronted a difficult career choice: go to dental school or make a life on the family farm. He chose to work with his hands in the familiar way.
“Many times I would put school second to farming, which made my decision quite obvious,” says Christopher, who raises sugar beets, hard red spring wheat, soybeans and dry beans. “Besides, I can’t imagine my monstrous hands digging in someone’s mouth.”
Digging outdoors as part of a multi-generation farm operation has its challenges, too. Christopher, a father of two daughters, 1 and 3, says the staff at AgCountry has helped the operation to work through financial considerations that can bedevil family farms, such as transitioning from one generation to the next. Christopher’s oldest daughter has already declared that she wants to farm, so the transition process is “especially important to me.”
In addition, young farmers can struggle to acquire new land at affordable prices. And the burden of high land-acquisition costs can make it difficult to manage cash flow. AgCountry has been a valuable resource for working through those issues, says Christopher, who farms near Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
“AgCountry has taught me to think differently about financials and the operation as a whole,” he says. “We are transitioning from a family farm to an actual agri-business and AgCountry has helped us pinpoint the changes we need to make to make our operation stronger.”