Rick and Morgan Brune have been involved in YF and R for the past five years and say they've enjoyed getting to know other Young Farmers and Ranchers because they can relate to how the other couples balance raising kids, farming and church.
“And also the leadership roles," said Rick. "They're available and the skills we can gain through that is priceless. We have both enjoyed the discussion meet and a couple of the other roles. We have really enjoyed the conferences and hang out with everybody and at the same time we get to learn some different skills.”
The rough and tumble world of farming taught the Brunes to adapt and try new things.
“This year we decided to start homeschooling our oldest," said Morgan. "So that’s been a whole new challenge just getting her schedule going."
“Its been a good challenge and we really enjoy the lifestyle of the farm and the flexibility it gives us and the education the kids get from it and friends and it’s a great life.”
THE COUPLE ALSO THINKS ITS IMPORTANT TO BRING THE FAMILY INTO FARM, SO THEY CAN LEARN ABOUT WORK AND THE FREEDOM AND BEAUTY OF THE CRAFT:
“They are getting to the age where they can go along a lot more, some of our equipment we have seats that they can sit in; trouble is a lot of time I spend here, 15 miles from the other farm, and its not very when they say ‘Im tired and I want to go home’ you can’t run them back. Helping Dad out I try to get them in the tractor a lot more than our own farm.”
AND WHEN THE CROPS ARE IN THEY START WORKING ON DISCUSSION MEETS, YF AND R AND THEIR LEADERSHIP WORK:
“Really beneficial, Morgan’s participated the last 3years and done well and, I participated for two years and enjoyed meeting people, you got to know their ideas and we have been a lot more involved in the region because we all get together and help each other between Twin Falls and Jerome County,
THE UNIQUE INTERACTION OF A DISCUSSION MEET BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER, AND THE BRUNEES HAVE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT FARMING, MARKETING, FINANCE AND THE FARM LIFE AND THEY’VE GAINED WISDOM ABOUT THE WORLD AND ALL ITS SUBTLTIES WITH AN EYE ON THE FUTURE:
“we try to keep a real good landlord relationship, take the kids along and have a good relationship so they feel like a part of the farm, do more than what the big guys can do. Its going to be a challenge. I think there needs to be a change in the federal laws and make it easier to hand it down to somebody that wants the farm.”