The History of Our Farm - Part 1 - A Talk With Dad

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Millennial Farmer

2 yil oldin

I talked with Dad about the history of our farm and what it was like when he started farming. In Response to high demand!
MN Millennial Farmer, Zach Johnson, is a 5th generation family farmer from West-Central Minnesota. Zach actively promotes agriculture by sharing his day-to-day experience on the family farm. His vision is to build the connection between farmers and consumers.
Zach's mission is to become a national voice for agriculture, provide farmer-to-farmer education, and facilitate a collaborative conversation between farmers and the public.
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Kevin Finn
Kevin Finn 2 yil oldin
Hearing your dads stories about the struggles in the 80's you cant help but think of John Cougars' "Rain on the Scarecrow" song and the auctioning off of the equipment and land. He has outlasted many farmers through hard work and dedication. It is a noble and honorable calling for you to continue the legacy started by so many proud and hard working men that came before. Wishing you nothing but continued success!
Rory Wynhoff
Rory Wynhoff 6 oy oldin
@Farmer Jo John Cougar Melloncamp 😎
John Hepp
John Hepp Yil oldin
So if you don't mind me asking, what year were you born?
Farmer Jo
Farmer Jo Yil oldin
Kevin Finn it was John Melloncamp
Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter Yil oldin
MN Millennial Farmer dean Martin
Northern farmer
Northern farmer 2 yil oldin
@Todd Meyer I think hes done that farm aid since 85 . He was just up here in northern Alberta doing a concert in November
Salvatore M
Salvatore M 18 kun oldin
Your dad looked happy telling his story... Good man
Salvatore M
Salvatore M 18 kun oldin
Awesome video . Sad that your dad lost his biological father so so young , a blessing that his mom met a good man that he looked at as his father ... Your blessed Zach .
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Хочу стать фермером 102 24 kun oldin
American Russian
Eric Georgio
Eric Georgio Oy oldin
Wonderful to see. Watching this from Sweden with a dream to sometime in my lifetime ever own a percentage of that you guys have. Absolutely love your videos, keep up the good work and wish you all on the farm the best! Best wishes from Sweden! 😁
lyle swavel
lyle swavel Oy oldin
Awesome Testimony, the 80s took a lot of farms, I remember my dad and 3 brothers farming wheat, corn and soybeans and price fell and went bankrupt, your channel brings back many memories, thank you
Scott Anderson
Scott Anderson 2 oy oldin
so Millennium farmer family been in the United States for over a hundred years so more American then Swedish haha
DatOneGuy 2 oy oldin
He's not awkward around the camera at all
ali abtahi
ali abtahi 2 oy oldin
thanks , man! , dad was very good looking
Terry Larkin
Terry Larkin 2 oy oldin
Just such a great history and how your dad and you remember all the details. Right now my Sister Kay age 80 is putting together our family history and she keeps asking me about details that I know. My dad was an Architect in Mpls Larson & McLaren but during WW2 he was an engineer on the Alaska Highway and my dad told me about his time working on this. He told me a lot of details that I remember most of it so cover that part of the history. One interesting thing about that was that when building the highway that if equipment got stuck in the mud and it was to difficult to get it out they would simply bury it and move on. This spring I plan on driving that route.
Terry Larkin
Terry Larkin 2 oy oldin
You know your talking about the 80s and the tough times in farming then and remember that well because half of my Snap On route was out west of Mpls in Arlington, Green Isle, Young America etc. Anyway there were auctions going on then and I had several farms that I served and the talk was always about how tough it was. This was 86 through 92 for me. So anyway it's amazing how much I remember from your stories.
Terry Larkin
Terry Larkin 2 oy oldin
I wonder if the Hogkins was caused by exposure to some chemicals used back in the day? It's an amazing history.
big d
big d 2 oy oldin
The well-made ease inexplicably tow because nurse booly switch on a puzzled geology. faded, imaginary arch
Matt Ludwig
Matt Ludwig 3 oy oldin
I like seeing the picture of were the old stuff was
Carlgear 3 oy oldin
Great job u do! // swedish farmer
Ac 3 oy oldin
I respect that you and your pops did this. Awesome video
jake johnson
jake johnson 3 oy oldin
Your dad is one hard working guy!!! Wish there was more men like him!! Good things come to good hard working people!!
Jeremy Herring
Jeremy Herring 3 oy oldin
Thumbs up before I even watched. I love history.
Anna Fraley
Anna Fraley 3 oy oldin
Love the family photo there at 1:28 where your Dad’s Grandfather is the youngest person in the Picture.!! I also have a photo like that where My Grandfather is the youngest person in That photo. Funny they are now with the brownish tint to them. BTW, my Grandpa was born in 1898 and was 4 or 5 in that picture, and yes, I am older that you dad by at least ten years...😎👍✅
Joshua Kessler
Joshua Kessler 3 oy oldin
So did your family start what is now agco in Jackson, here in Fairmont kinda curious
Travis pearson
Travis pearson 3 oy oldin
So cool love the content my girlfriend thinks I watch too many tractor videos lol I think not enough
John Brownell
John Brownell 3 oy oldin
This was very good I truly enjoyed listening to your father
David Kyle
David Kyle 3 oy oldin
Thanks for sharing that. I'm a year younger than your dad, so I was comparing notes with my own life as he recounted his story. Enjoy your channel immensely!
George Isaak
George Isaak 3 oy oldin
Zach your father seems to be extremely calm as a person and of course experienced after all that work ! I guess that is why you said in another video ( the one that Jim stuck the John deer tractor in the mud) "I didn't want to move anything till you get here" to your father ! It makes sense to me. I wanna ask what is the matter with his left leg ? I saw him wearing some orthopedic equipment on it. Did he got injured ?
Eugene Reinard
Eugene Reinard 3 oy oldin
Very interesting really enjoyed it.
Daniel Bowman
Daniel Bowman 3 oy oldin
Thank you for your family history. We didn’t have a wheat crop in 1981.
Gabe Bruns
Gabe Bruns 3 oy oldin
Then are some nice white tractors
Paul Harris
Paul Harris 3 oy oldin
Your dad can tell a good story as well as you. This is a great video, recording history.
Scott Leisher
Scott Leisher 3 oy oldin
Awesome legacy. One of my favorite videos!
Dave Dawes
Dave Dawes 3 oy oldin
Just going through some of your old vids, nice to hear Dad chattering, history is a wonderful thing. Hope hes doing ok and his legs improving, stay safe , all the best from the UK
Nathan Porter
Nathan Porter 3 oy oldin
this is super awesome. I talked with my grandfather awhile ago and our family started in McIntosh , Washington
niklas ivarsson
niklas ivarsson 4 oy oldin
eeey, from sweden ey? skål bröder
Apollyon 4 oy oldin
your dad could beat up my dad
Bob D
Bob D 4 oy oldin
I think you guys are great!
Nikka Fish
Nikka Fish 4 oy oldin
I can’t believe this video isn’t more popular I mean the history of homesteaders turning to farmers to ranchers just all the different things they do to make it work and how your grandfather never ever sold the farm is awesome he just knew that someday the family would come back to the homestead I love this video Zach! So you guys are easily over 100 years old I would love to talk to ya sometime about this specific story in more detail my family started homesteading running cattle in north eastern Oregon in 1822 in two years we will got a two century ranch. Thank you so much not saying your other videos are good but this is the best video you have some because there is nothing more interesting then the history! Awesome video guys your dad is amazing just the diligence he had to keep going through all the ups and downs.
Karsten Hohls
Karsten Hohls 4 oy oldin
My birthday is the same as your Dad's
Anton Rhodes
Anton Rhodes 4 oy oldin
My name is Anton! How cool!
Anton Rhodes
Anton Rhodes 4 oy oldin
I’m also from Jackson, MO not Jackson, MN. Still cool!
Cowboy 4 oy oldin
I really enjoy watching you're videos Zach! But I also really enjoy listening to you're Dad. It blesses my heart to see the relationship between the two of you.
james balster
james balster 4 oy oldin
I liked you mention Iowa, my dads fathers brother was part of the Balsters Implement store. My Grandfather had a general store in Jones County and my father and his brother George ran the family farm outside of Monticello Iowa.
Charles Compton
Charles Compton 4 oy oldin
You have my attention! My dad was a bricklayer, I was, am a bricklayer, my son started out in the bricklaying trade. We all were meticulous arrangers of artistic burnt clay products. My brother is also a bricklayer. All but my son have had to quit bricklaying due to severe back problems. But the main thing is we all enjoyed what we did and there is most of our work still standing! Hang in there and now to part 2. Greg
Cummins Powered ab
Cummins Powered ab 4 oy oldin
You mention jackson minn and esterville IA. Please contact me I would love to see if you knew my grand parents . My grandma worked at a factory in JACKSON for many years grandpa worked at lockheed martin and farmed just west of esterville out off rt 9. Please contact me I'd love to talk and see a bit about the history. I remember alot of times at the farm here I worked at on my summers off school.
Jeff Rens
Jeff Rens 4 oy oldin
What part of Minnesota are you from?
Irish Wanderer
Irish Wanderer 4 oy oldin
awesome bit of history .
Kevin Rodgers
Kevin Rodgers 4 oy oldin
Looks like you should buy about 100 head of cattle for the old man. He sure seems to have a passion for livestock
Daryl Herlick
Daryl Herlick 4 oy oldin
From Ontario Canada, the stories I grew up with and to this day eco that story to a tee ..Wild for sure ....I can listen to those stories for days ....The farmer in me
Sean Keller
Sean Keller 4 oy oldin
my best video
Thomas Cooper
Thomas Cooper 4 oy oldin
Magic listening to your dad he must of had hard times
Nathan Bieber
Nathan Bieber 4 oy oldin
andy miller
andy miller 4 oy oldin
dad is always down to earth nice
E C 4 oy oldin
And the liberals want to take all this away from these folks....🙄
kelly marwood
kelly marwood 4 oy oldin
love the history bud and i love your dad he he is a good man P.s thanks for visiting Canada to see our farming out west i saw a vid ya did on it by the way the pic of me on my youtube with the ak i was in texas with my friends that live there hope your pops will be on more vids
TAB26 4 oy oldin
Your Dad seems like such a great man!
Josh Poe
Josh Poe 4 oy oldin
@about 5 minutes I finally figured out why Dad is 4, you are 5 and Onyx is 6
Karrie Falon Johnson
Karrie Falon Johnson 4 oy oldin
i so love to hear family farm history, my last name was Johnson also, my grand parents came from sweden as well my grand father's name was Berthold, and my grandmother's name was Judith. they had 6 children, my dad was only one who stayed on the farm and farmed the land til his death. and by best choice of the family we agreed to let mom sell the land and machinery. i was seriously into my Professional Driving carrer, and my bizzare love to drill holes, drilling for gas and oil. my brother had moved away a while before to open his ellectronics shop, and my sisters were married and left the farm as well.
Rick Barrows
Rick Barrows 4 oy oldin
Fantastic...I just started following your channel a few months ago and I am glad I came across this two part story of your family. Great to hear from your Dad...Awesome :)
Michele kuhne
Michele kuhne 4 oy oldin
I really enjoyed hearing your Dad’s story. He is the same age as me!
Pastor Larry Potts
Pastor Larry Potts 4 oy oldin
Thank you for the wonderful history! Your dad is an awesome man who stuck at farming through the most difficult times. I respect you both for what you do and really enjoy your channel!
Diewetje Roger
Diewetje Roger 4 oy oldin
Early eighties the interest rates where around 16%.
Dennis Arthur
Dennis Arthur 4 oy oldin
I realize it has been over a year since you posted this video to You Tube, but I am new to your channel and enjoy the documentary videos. I remember 1993 very well. It was the year of the 100 year flood on the Mississippi River. Most of the farming acres along the Mississippi were flooded due to the heavy spring rains.
Loretta Scales
Loretta Scales 4 oy oldin
Very interesting
Patrick McCoy
Patrick McCoy 4 oy oldin
My Great Grandfather has extensive history in the small town of Jackson. Small world.
Millennial farmer 2.0
Millennial farmer 2.0 4 oy oldin
My birthday is December 21st to
C Buddy
C Buddy 4 oy oldin
Man oh man.... Whatta family. Your dad is a hell of a man and so enjoyable to listen to and watch. A legend to say the least.
libasan 5 oy oldin
I took a video a few weeks ago of a farmer with his 1980 Massey Ferguson combine. Nice interview with your dad.
Kevin Hyde
Kevin Hyde 5 oy oldin
Thanks for this one 😊
Jim Spohn
Jim Spohn 5 oy oldin
Thanks for all this good information
Jeremy Cherny
Jeremy Cherny 5 oy oldin
My dad has the exact same story on barley but in 1986. Ran 21 bpa and he sold it for 97 cent.
pgadams1 5 oy oldin
Thank you for the great history lesson!
mhking2003 5 oy oldin
Great interview! Enjoyed it. Reminded me of what I wanted to do as a young man.
Mike Dyar
Mike Dyar 5 oy oldin
Mopar Nick
Mopar Nick 5 oy oldin
Great video, quick (dumb) question what kind of corn do you grow on the farm? Is it for human consumption or for livestock? Is there a way to tell the difference? Thanks
DerrickMegan Pettit
DerrickMegan Pettit 6 oy oldin
Watched this video several times, doesn't get old watching Nate talk about farming an just his life story on the farm, interesting conversation
Matt Man Productions
Matt Man Productions 6 oy oldin
This is so awesome to hear about family history 👍😃
Rory Wynhoff
Rory Wynhoff 6 oy oldin
In the 1970's in irrigated ground where I grew up a family could make a good living off 420 acres. It was sad watching the systematic destruction of the family farm as I knew it. The nine most frightening words in English, "I'm from the Government and I'm here to help."
Kirt Hedquist
Kirt Hedquist 6 oy oldin
Can you do a podcast comparing the equipment your dad started with compared to now
Kirt Hedquist
Kirt Hedquist 6 oy oldin
I wish I had a dad like yours! He is an awesome guy with a funny and fun background
Åke Edgarsson
Åke Edgarsson 6 oy oldin
Greetings from Sweden, nice video with Your dad. Do You know which part of Sweden Anton and Matilda came from?
Krone Farms
Krone Farms 7 oy oldin
Bought a 2-135 and had a g-750?? 2020 I’m starting with a 60 JD, Super M and h farmall, ZTU and 5 star Molines I also will be using a 7600 oliver combine. I hope to eventually run all Molines. After college of course 🙂
D.C. Sterbenz
D.C. Sterbenz 7 oy oldin
Great story. Gotta love the family farm.
TmanGamingX 8 oy oldin
Just wanted to say, Seeing your Dad made me think of my dad. He is gone now Please don't ever let the day go by without telling him you love him and give him a hug. Even though I am 58 yrs old now. I miss my dad. I loved hearing the stories your dad told in this video. Learning some of the history of the farm. Thanks for sharing this video. I can see where you get your love of farming from. I can't wait to see part II.
Little Texas
Little Texas 8 oy oldin
Zach, you are blessed to have such a knowledgeable, humble, hard working dad. Your dad is also blessed to have you as his soon. I hope there will be a part two. I heard your recent Podcast with your dad and truly enjoyed it. I hope you guys have a profitable season and good health
Nick 8 oy oldin
What a great episode this is. Dad seems like a great man to have as a father. Thank You all for doing what you do for our country...........
jaxehn64 8 oy oldin
Im from sweden 🇸🇪🔥
h Singh
h Singh 9 oy oldin
same situation like we got in india this time
Dal Adams
Dal Adams 9 oy oldin
What great story from your Dad. I'm about the same age as he is and I can see the story coming alive! Im from Va. area not a farmer but live by alot both in Va. & Fl. Love you guys lives ! Keep the storys coming> Keep you dad in the videos and were is your mom?
Rami Omar
Rami Omar 9 oy oldin
Your father is awesome man . So humble and hard working . Amazing video
Lisa Lister
Lisa Lister 9 oy oldin
You will never regret this interview!
kenus Ata
kenus Ata 9 oy oldin
Congratulations to your dad! You can call yourself lucky to have such a good dad!
Tony Atwood
Tony Atwood 9 oy oldin
Please pass on to your children the gospel of the biblical Jesus Christ. Be thankful the Lord has blessed you whole family. God Bless you all!
Greg Regula
Greg Regula 10 oy oldin
Thank you for sharing the history of your families farm! You can see your dad's pride as he is telling his stories. I grew up in northwest Indiana I always envied the farmers, and still to this day find it extremely interesting! While I've never had a chance to actually work on a farm the closet I get is farming simulator 2019 in PS4... Lol
Justin Defontes
Justin Defontes 10 oy oldin
ginggur17 10 oy oldin
Love this.
Nathan Saunders
Nathan Saunders 10 oy oldin
Is there a video of how Zac got into farming?
john perry
john perry 10 oy oldin
really a great video, very, very, interesting good narration great job, your dads stories were really good
Jack Frost
Jack Frost 10 oy oldin
Haha just imagine your great great great grandkids watching this
Keith Westbrooks
Keith Westbrooks 10 oy oldin
Your Dad stays in the background and gets to make all the money decisions!! Enjoyed learning about your farm and wish you both well.
Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson 10 oy oldin
1980's you were lucky your family owned the land. Many foreclosures in farmland. Curious what has been the impact upon corn and soybeans with tRump era NAFTA and tpp?
Keith CARLSON 10 oy oldin
The Swedes were some incredible immigrants. I come from NW PA where 90% of the families had a last name ending in "son". My great grandpa came here in 1871. No one has farmed since him, but I swear it is in my blood. I farm 20 acres with my 1962 Ford 631 Workmaster as a hobby and dream of one day having an enclosed cab!!
Verlyn Larsen
Verlyn Larsen 10 oy oldin
Anton E. Johnson came from Horla, Sweden. I can show you about 8 generations in Sweden. Contact me for the info.
Pea Ridge fire department
Pea Ridge fire department 10 oy oldin
Me and your dad share a birthday I was born on December 21st 1998
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