Real stories. Real farmers. Real inspiration.
Grit with Grace highlights farmers' and producers' resilience. From survivors of breast cancer and farming accidents to stories of families who were stronger than the storms that ravaged their farms, get inspired here.
"Who knows what the future is going to bring? The future is so bright."
-- Anita Van der Laan, dairy farmer and breast cancer survivor
"You can only do so dang much, and then it's just wait and see what we got."
-- John Tyson, Nebraska hog producer
"I can't explain it, but I knew it wasn't my time to die."
-- Buddy Schumacher, Wisconsin farmer and grain bin entrapment survivor
"I know I am not the only person to go through this kind of mental stress."
-- North Dakota farmer Chris Adams, who sought help for depression
Stories of Resilience
When Missouri farmer Curtis Lewis was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer, his friends and neighbors decided to help--and started a movement.
With 900 acres of corn ready for harvest, a volunteer army descended on Kevin Barz’s land: 25 combines, 15 grain carts and 30 semi-trucks.
Two years after a tornado tore through the Van der Laan’s dairy, Anita was diagnosed with breast cancer.
As Anthony Russo drove down the lane to the 5,600-sow farrow-to-wean unit, all he could see was smoke. His heart sank.
When Illinois farmer Tad Johnson was paralyzed in an accident, he thought he'd have to stay off farm machinery for good.
When the Missouri River flooded its banks this spring, John Tyson was forced to take extreme measures to take care of his animals.
Various areas of the U.S. dealt with adverse winter weather this year, but it didn’t stop farmers and ranchers from doing their jobs.
The harrowing, yet remarkable, tales of two farmers who became trapped in a grain bin--and survived.
Indiana farmer Laurie Hayn lost an arm and a leg but says that God saved her life.
Harvest of Thanks
Find reasons to be thankful with AgDay's "Harvest of Thanks" special.
Find inspiration in the stories of these first-generation farmers.