Young farmer employee winner says worth ethic in high demand

A young farm employee says there’s no shortage of job opportunities in agriculture for those with a good work ethic.

Drew Bordner grew up on a pure-bred Red Angus cattle farm in southern Michigan and has worked for several crop farmers over the past decade.

“There’s a lot of farms, a lot in agriculture, among everything in this country, looking for workers, looking for people who aren’t afraid to get up, work all day, put in a hard day’s work, and get dirty if they have to,” he shares.

Bordner tells Brownfield most farmers want someone who is willing to learn and dedicated.

“It’s taking a chance and applying yourself,” he says.

After studying Ag and Diesel Technology at the University of Northwestern Ohio and working in and out of agriculture, Bordner says he landed at RKA Farms in Vicksburg as the first non-family employee.   The farm raises 2,500 acres of row crops and seed corn.

Bordner was recently named the Michigan Farm Bureau Young Farmer Employee Award winner.

Bordner says he’s also working to establish his own cattle herd and enjoys operating and fixing equipment along with fabrication.

Photo courtesy of Michigan Farm Bureau.

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