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"I grew up working in equipment. So I'll either – In the harvest, a lot of times, I'll [drive the] grain cart or shred or disk. Or I can do limited truck driving. I'm not a very good truck driver, but I can do it if I have to."
     [Question:] "Do you remember the first time you got on a tractor?"
     "Yeah, I do. I do. I was probably about 10 years old. Yeah, my dad, he ran six-row equipment so the equipment was a lot smaller back then than it is now. And I disked and grain carted for him when I was young. So I had to learn how to run larger equipment after we were married because Mark's equipment was a lot larger than my dad's…
     "For a girl, it's better than it was when I was growing up. We were really discouraged to look at agriculture as a career when I was growing up. They basically wanted you to be – you know, for girls the opportunities were nursing, teaching, you know, in those ranges. But now kids have the opportunity if you want – if you are a girl and want to go into agriculture there's a lot of different avenues to address rather just the basics that we were encouraged to look at as secretarial, things like that. It wasn't as common back when I was in school."

Valerie Kaliff – Women on the Farm

   

Excerpts from Mark & Valerie’s Interview:

Farms Growing Bigger
The Bust of the 80s
Government Subsidies
Rural Lifestyles Today
Mysteries in the Country
Growing Monocultures
Efficiencies with Pivots
Mining Groundwater
Farm Equipment Innovation
Tractor Technology
Conservation Tillage
Computers on the Farm