Chris Koch had a fairly normal childhood growing up in a farming community south of Calgary, Alberta. He did have one difference that set him apart from other kids: he was born without arms and legs.
“I visually look a little bit like Humpty Dumpty who had a great fall—I just have better balance,” he said with a laugh on AgriTalk.
Koch was the keynote speaker for the Top Producer Seminar in Chicago. While he’s had struggles along the way, he says it’s all about mindset.
“It had nothing to do with your arms and legs—it’s that six inches of space between the ears that gets in the way,” he said.
With the struggles of the ag economies in the U.S. and in his home country of Canada, Koch had a tough job of boosting the spirits of the farmers and ranchers in the audience. In his presentation, he showed how he can climb into a tractor or combine and drive, thanks to hydrostatic transmission.
“I love proving to myself what I’m capable of,” said Koch. “If you’re worried about how you look, you’re cheating yourself out of an opportunity.”
Despite his love of travel, Koch still feels at home on the farm and loves to get back whenever he can. He feels like he’s preaching to the choir, but farming is in his blood.
“In the end, we’re all doing something that we absolutely love,” he said.