Frank Delorne, 52 weeks of #YOURFARMERS

Frank Delorne

Frank is a 3rd generation farmer, and he grows spring and winter wheat, oats, canola, soybeans, and hay. Frank also works full time as a heavy equipment mechanic for his local John Deere, Honda, and Yamaha dealerships.

While runs his own 600 acres, and he also does custom work for other farmers in the area (they pay him to plant, harvest, and care for their land). Frank’s grandfather and father both started out in the dairy industry before switching to a grain operation. After his father had a health scare in 2009, Frank joined the family business. Working two jobs full time keeps Frank busy, and he and his wife recently welcomed a baby boy (future farmer) to the family.

       I did not have any interest in farming coming out of high school so I went to college for heavy equipment mechanic which I am now licensed in. While working as a mechanic in 2009, my dad had heart problems so I helped on the farm that summer and I realized that farming is what I truly loved and wanted to do so I decided to join the family business.


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Brad Nimijohn, 52 weeks of #YOURFARMERS

Brad Nimijohn

Brad and his family have been farming in the Millgrove area for four generations. Today, they are growing corn, oats, soybeans, wheat, rye, and alfalfa. Brad’s favourite aspect of agriculture is harvest time, because it’s the time of year where all farmers are rewarded for the care they take in managing and growing their crops all year. In his spare time, Brad also coaches sledge hockey in Hamilton, where his son is an active player.

       Everything I do on the farm is aimed at improving our soil and crops so that it is not only sustainable for my own children but many generations after.


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Matt Beischlag, 52 weeks of #YOURFARMERS

Matt Beischlag

Matt farms outside of Hagersville, Ontario, growing soybeans, wheat, and red clover. He also raises broiler chickens, and he is the fourth generation to farm in that area. His grandfather purchased the home farm in the late 1950’s, and in early 2001, Matt became a partner in the farm alongside his father and grandfather. The thing Matt most enjoys about agriculture is always trying to make his operation better and more efficient, either on the cropping side or the poultry end. Because of this, Matt and his family are able to produce high quality products that are sent into the food supply chain.

      We are proud of our farm; a lot of hard work and history have gone in to this get us to where we are today. We have grown from using a horse and plow to using tractors that steer themselves and barns that have their own automatic environmental controls for our livestock. I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for agriculture.


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Lydia Noordegraff, 52 weeks of #YOURFARMERS

Lydia Noordegraaf

Lydia’s family has been farming for 65 years, and they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and canola on their farm outside of Stayner, Ontario. After graduating from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus with a diploma in agriculture, Lydia attended Olds College in Alberta to receive her Bachelor of Science Agribusiness Degree. Today, she is a crop advisor working with local farmers, making fertilizer, chemical, and seed recommendations at an agriculture products retailer in Stayner. Lydia also helps her dad, cousin and uncle with field work during the busy season. Her favourite aspect of the farm is making management decisions to produce the best crop possible, putting these decisions into actions and then watching the crop grow.

      I am a young, female university educated farmer using high tech equipment- this is what farming looks like today.

 


52 Weeks of #YOURFARMERS

In 2017, we’re highlighting a new Ontario grain farmer every week. Get to know us!