I had the opportunity to meet Troy and Bobbie Uglem, of Northwood, N.D., the other day. They were recently named one of four National Outstanding Young Farmers by the National Outstanding Young Farmers of America Fraternity.
The couple, who began farming in 1999, grow spring wheat, soybeans, winter bean, corn, black turtle beans, dry peas and spearmint.
Both Troy and Bobbie are in their 30s. They have four kids. Troy is a North Dakota State University graduate, who farmed with his parents, while going to college. After graduating, he worked an implement dealership in Minot, N.D., as an outside sale support and Global Postioning System specialist, before coming back to the farm
Bobbie is a school psychologist. She contracts with local school districts on a part time basis. She’s also an equal partner in the farm and makes production and marketing decisions with Troy.
Like a lot of Dakota farm families I’ve met, the Uglems have some very definite goals.
Troy they want to increase their management and financial analysis skills, make their land base more productive through better fertility and drainage and to spend more time together as a family.
“The most rewarding aspect of production agriculture is being able to raise our children in this lifestyle,” he says.
It sounds like the Uglems will be great representatives of the Dakotas in the National Outstanding Young Farmer Fraternity.