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#TakeOverTuesday: Brown Farms, Highland County

Every Tuesday an Ohio Farm Bureau member takes over the Ohio Farm Bureau Instagram for the day to share a day in their life. Check in throughout the day or follow us on Instagram, @OhioFarmBureau, to meet new Ohio farmers and ag professionals every #TakeOverTuesday.


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Good Morning, we are Nathan and Jennifer Brown, of Highland County. Our farm is a first generation farm, we started in 2002 with 25 acres and a dream. Nathan works full time on the farm, while Jennifer works off the farm for USDA, Rural Development. We were married in 2002 and have three children, twin boys (7) and a girl (6). Here is a picture of our family during a recent opportunity we had to meet the Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. . . .
#TakeOverTuesday this week is with Brown Farms in Highland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . .
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Faith and family is very important in our lives. Our family attends a local church, where we volunteer as ushers. Our children are raised knowing the blessings we have been given, along with the responsibility and hard work that goes into receiving them. They love to help and be there in everything we do. It’s important they learn and respect our lifestyle, especially the safety side. . . .
#TakeOverTuesday this week is with Brown Farms in Highland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . .
#ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio

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This is our farm dog Hope. She is an Australian Cattle Dog which are know for their agility, intelligence, and fierce loyalty! Pets can be many things on the farm such as cow dog, kid entertainer, shotgun rider, motivator, but maybe the most important job is friend and companion. See farmers by nature work alone more that not, and sometime the stress can really take a toll on ones mental state. Depression and anxiety are real, they effect people in every walk of like but maybe none more than in agriculture. Agriculture is full of risk and reward that we can not always control and often the stress of making it all work is too much! If you or someone you know struggles with depression and anxiety, reach out, get help, talk about it. Mental health is just like your physical health, sometimes you just need to get a tune up! Hope is my help, she gives me hope everyday. . . .
#TakeOverTuesday this week is with Brown Farms in Highland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . .
#ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio

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We are always looking for those moments when we can teach our kids good life lessons. When we heard about the #10GallonChallenge our friend and Farm Broadcaster Ty Higgins of the Ohio Ag Net and Ohio Country Journal started, we knew it would be a fun lesson for our kids to learn. The challenge is to buy at least 10 gallons of milk which helps support dairy farmers by increasing consumption, and donate it to a food pantry or other organization that helps the less fortunate in the community. We chose to donate to the Columbus Ronald McDonald House for all the great things they do for families! We took the challenge, won’t you help out too? . . .
#TakeOverTuesday this week is with Brown Farms in Highland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . .
#ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio @ocjohioagnet @ohioagnetty

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Our motto this year has been “get better before we get bigger!” We have really began to focus on water quality, soil health, and plant health to continue to compete in today’s commodity market! Here is something new to us that we have tried out this year. We decided that with early termination of the cereal rye we were not getting the opportunity to build soils and to feed the soil biology. These photos show that we allowed the cereal rye to grow until it just began to grow seed heads. We then planted the soybeans into a 6 foot tall rye cover. Once the soybeans were planted, we rolled down the cereal rye to create a mat that serves as much to help hold moisture, block sunshine from reaching the ground, keep the soil temperature cooler, and suppress weeds. The mulch then has been broken down my the soil microbiology and is feeding earth worms. All of this places the carbon in the mulch into the soil and created organic matter that helps hold nutrients and water to help keep water clean! . . .
#TakeOverTuesday this week is with Brown Farms in Highland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . .
#ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #cleanwater #covercrops #cerealrye #soilbuilding #mulch #worms #roots #organicmatter #carbon #kinze #waterquality #GoDigOrGoHome

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Water quality doesn’t happen by accident. There are many tools that we use to ensure we are doing the best possible job that we can to produce a good crop, but protect our soils and water. One of those tools is soil testing either on grids of 2.5 or 5 acres, sampling by zones, or by soil type. We then use that data along with any other data from harvest maps and tissue samples that we have collected to determine the nutrients that need to be applied to balance our fertility. We try to know exactly what each field needs to be the most productive yet environmentally friendly. . . .
#TakeOverTuesday this week is with Brown Farms in Highland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . .
#ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #waterquality

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Tractor Tuesday means #covercrops and #airtractors and the beginning to a successful 2019 #cashcrop! These seeds were flown on by Fisher Crop Care By Air on September 7. By using an airplane we can seed cover crop seed into standing crops to get more fall growth giving us more benefits to using cover crops! . . .
#TakeOverTuesday this week is with Brown Farms in Highland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . .
#ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #brownfarms #teamsoils #makingmostofopportunities #BetterBeforeBigger #neverstoplearning #toolsintoolbox #wontworkforeveryone #checkthisout #tryit #mightworkwellmightnot

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One of the best things that Nathan does off the farm is serving on the Ohio Farm State Board where he represents District 20 of Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Highland Counties. Agriculture has made us who we are and we believe we were sent here to serve the people around us. Ohio Farm Bureau is the premier grassroots organization in the state that is here to represent our membership on the local, state, and national levels! . . .
#TakeOverTuesday this week is with Brown Farms in Highland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . .
#ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio

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If you have any interest in No-Till farming and cover crops, we would love to invite you to the Ohio No-Till Council December Meeting. Come join us on December 11th for the premier Ohio No Till event as the Ohio No-Till Council and Walnut Creek Seeds, LLC award young farmer Nathan Brown with the Outstanding No-Till Farmer Award. Visit ohionotillcouncil.com for more details! . . .
#TakeOverTuesday this week is with Brown Farms in Highland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members each week for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF . .
#ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio

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Amanda Domsitz 

Amanda Domsitz is a communications specialist for Ohio Farm Bureau.