#TakeOverTuesday: Emily Krikke, Richland County

On Takeover Tuesdays, 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 for #TakeOverTuesday.  

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Hi everyone! Welcome to #TakeOverTuesday! I am Emily Krikke from Greenwich, Ohio representing Richland County Farm Bureau. I am excited to have this opportunity to share with you today to provide a glimpse of what happens on my family’s farm and a look into my daily life. If you’re anything like me, you are ready to say goodbye to winter & getting ready for spring! Follow along with me as I share what spring means to me – Hope you enjoy! . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Emily Krikke in Richland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members every month for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF. . . . . . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiopigs #pigsofinstagram #ohiohogfarmers

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Spring means planting! I help my parents, Howard and Jane Krikke, on our 1,000-acre corn and soybean farm. Spring is one of our busiest seasons, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There’s just something about getting back outside, breathing in that fresh air, and the smell of freshly worked ground. Planting is an exciting time – getting to see those little sprouts pop out of the ground is a sign that new growth is coming no matter how horrible the winter was. Getting ready for planting means getting the tractors ready and even cleaning the windows so it’s all fresh and clean…sure makes that green sparkle! . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Emily Krikke in Richland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members every month for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF. . . . . . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiopigs #pigsofinstagram #ohiohogfarmers

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Spring means prepping for baby pigs! Krikke Pork raises 10,000 wean to finish hogs per year using auto-sort barns. About every 6 months, it’s time to ship, pressure wash, and sanitize the barns in preparation for the new group of pigs. Sanitizing is a very important step as to keep our consumer’s meat quality safe. This is also a way for all farmers to fully clean the barn in hopes of minimizing illness for the new pigs moving in and reducing antibiotic use. Every spot is sanitized and sterility is maintained the entire time the pigs are in our facility. As you can see, the pigs do not have access to dig out in the dirt or go outside in general. This is to minimize the risk of disease carried by pests in the soil and bird feces. America has one of the safest, healthiest, and most affordable pork in the world and farmers like us are working hard to keep it that way. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Emily Krikke in Richland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members every month for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF. . . . . . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiopigs #pigsofinstagram #ohiohogfarmers

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The baby pigs have arrived! One of the cutest jobs on the farm is seeing the baby pigs and helping them get settled into their new home. We make sure they are mat fed, heat lamps on, and are off to a good start! Pigs are some of the smartest animals I’ve seen. Even in this picture, the pigs haven’t been there long, but they will do their “dirty business” along the fence and in corners because they don’t want to lay in it. They learn very quickly how to move through our auto-sort barn too. We utilize a scale that as they get older, will weigh each pig and sort them for us when it’s time to send them to market. While the human eye can be trained very well, this scale helps us get the most accurate weights possible, helping us keep our sort losses low. The pigs are always in rotation, moving from the feed court to the water area, which promotes good leg structure. All-in-all, I think they have a good home here and the bacon sure tastes good too! . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Emily Krikke in Richland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members every month for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF. . . . . . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiopigs #pigsofinstagram #ohiohogfarmers

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Spring means well-checks! When I’m not helping on the farm, I work as a Pediatric Registered Nurse at Akron Children’s Hospital. I graduated from Calvin College with my Bachelors in Nursing and currently attend Cedarville University for my masters to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I’ve been with this organization going on 7 years now and I absolutely love working with kids. The coolest thing is last year we moved into a new facility and it’s decorated in a farm animal theme!! I get to walk past this life-size calf every day. I chose to become a nurse practitioner since I love rural America, but understand the lack of healthcare providers in these parts – especially for kids. For me, it’s a way to blend both areas I’m very passionate about. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Emily Krikke in Richland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members every month for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF. . . . . . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiopigs #pigsofinstagram #ohiohogfarmers

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Spring means a county Farm Bureau meeting! After work, I attended the Richland County Farm Bureau meeting. Even though I work in healthcare, I still like to stay active in agriculture at the county level. I just finished up my term on the Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee where I served as Co-Chair and am excited to be more involved locally at the county level now. Here we discussed new ideas, ways to involve more people, and planning some fun activities. If this sounds interesting to you, I encourage you to check out your county Farm Bureau and get involved! . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Emily Krikke in Richland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members every month for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF. . . . . . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiopigs #pigsofinstagram #ohiohogfarmers

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Spring means sunshine…and playing outside with my puppy, Macy! What better way to enjoy this changing of the seasons than to get outside and soak up some sunshine. It’s even better with a great farm dog by your side. My puppy is sure growing up fast! She’s the best side-kick a girl could have. I think we make a pretty good pair too, Em & M. I know spring gets hectic, but here’s your reminder to give your farm dog a little extra belly scratch during this busy time. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Emily Krikke in Richland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members every month for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF. . . . . . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiopigs #pigsofinstagram #ohiohogfarmers

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Spring means spring cleaning! These two pieces of paper are some of the most meaningful things I have ever been given and I make sure they get dusted off. One is a letter from my State Representative congratulating me when I became a part of the Young Agricultural Professionals State Committee. In it he states being selected is a measure of my “richly deserved reputation as a person with astute judgment, exceptional initiative, and fervent commitment.” The other is the DAISY nurse award I received after only being a nurse a few shorts years into my career. I don’t mean to show these to toot my own horn over here, but as a way to encourage others. I don’t tell many this, but there were times I wondered if I made the right choice about my career – should I have gone full time into an Ag field? How can I do both?! I’m here to tell anyone reading this, YOU CAN DO BOTH – and do them both well! I love agriculture so much and plan to be involved in it somehow my entire life. I am thankful there is always a seat at the table to be involved in agriculture and to have pursued nursing to give back to the rural community also. I thank God for the path he has put me on and I hope to use that as an encouragement to others too. . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Emily Krikke in Richland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members every month for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF. . . . . . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiopigs #pigsofinstagram #ohiohogfarmers

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Spring means celebrating another trip around the sun! This week, I celebrate another year living this crazy life with my favorite, birthday strawberry pie. Yum! I don’t know about you, but this past year held a lot of ups and downs, including the worst planting season my family has ever had. Now with this COVID-19 situation…what a year. During this, I pause and reflect how thankful I am for healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to help and farmers who keep the food coming! I am proud to be a representative of both of these great hardworking groups of people. In closing, I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes, “Whatever season you’re in, whatever life may throw at you, whether it feels like success or like failure, expected or unexpected, you have been made ready.” During these times, there is a lot of uncertainty, questions, and concerns. As I celebrate my birthday, I will be confident that I have been made ready by the One who has full control in all situations. I hope you choose to have been made ready too. Thanks for following my #TakeOverTuesday! Here’s to another trip around the sun (and a much better planting season!!) Bring on Spring! . . #TakeOverTuesday this week is with Emily Krikke in Richland County. Meet Ohio farmers and Farm Bureau members every month for #TakeOverTuesdayOFBF. . . . . . . #ohio #farm #farmer #farm365 #ag #agriculture #ohiofarm #ohiofarmer #ohioag #ohioagriculture #ohiofarmlife #ohiofarm365 #ohiogram #ohiofarmbureau #discoverohio #farmlife #ohiopigs #pigsofinstagram #ohiohogfarmers

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