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Passion for Farming: Raising Food for a Growing World

October 24, 2013Beef, Crops, Farmers and Ranchers, Food

In the house of farm-mom Lana Hoffschneider is a print framed on the wall that says, “Feeding the World”.

This phrase, “Feeding the World,” invokes a sense of pride for the importance of Lana’s vocation – a passion for farming and raising food for the growing world.

Lana and her husband, Chad, are part of a family farming business near Waco, Nebraska that includes three other family members and consists of raising corn and soybeans, and feeding cattle. But she didn’t just marry into this agricultural family. Agriculture has always been a part of her life. She grew up on a dairy farm, earned her degree in agribusiness from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and worked in agribusiness as an ag loan officer and an animal pharmaceutical sales rep.

Now as a busy mother of three young children, Lana’s duties on the farm are on an “as needed” basis. As a helper who can be found in the feedyard, helping move cattle, in the field bringing lunch, getting parts, in the office helping with bookwork, or her favorite – taking pictures and blogging.

She stays involved in agricultural organizations like FFA and 4-H. She is an Ag-in-the Classroom pen pal, and is proud to be a CommonGround Nebraska volunteer. Lana’s passion for raising food is evident.

And the framed print in her farmhouse reflects this passion. It is a motivational reminder of what her family is doing and why they do it. Yet she asks herself, is “feeding the world” just a feel-good phrase? The facts say no. In fact, 95 percent of the global population lives outside of the U.S. and growing food for not only our domestic customers, but the world, is an important one. One in three U.S. farm acres is planted for exports, and the U.S. exported over 1.13 million metric tons of beef last year – some of which could have been raised at Lana’s feedyard. That could be 7.5 billion 1/3 pound hamburgers!

So what does that mean to Lana? Farming and ranching in Nebraska, and across the U.S., is very important, not just to put food on our tables, but to feed others around the world. And Lana is proud to have an opportunity to contribute her passion to this role.