Here’s why ag people are the best people on earth
How far did the farming community of Franklin County go to help a fallen brother? The answer is found in the empty fields of producer Kevin Barz. In July 2019, Barz, 63, and his wife, Julia, 49, of Hampton, Iowa, were killed in a motor vehicle accident, leaving behind a devastated family and approximately 1,200 standing acres of corn and soybeans.
Almost three months later, in the midst of ratcheting harvest pressure, the growers of Franklin County offered far more than kind words and condolences—they responded with action. In October, five combines from neighboring farms, along with a fleet of grain carts and semi-trucks, rolled onto Barz’s ground and cut 270-plus acres of soybeans, reports Agweb.com.
Next, on Nov. 10, with 900 acres of corn ready for harvest, the volunteer army returned in force: 25 combines, 15 grain carts and 30 semi-trucks. “Kevin was one of those guys that would do anything for anyone, on or off the farm,” describes producer April Hemmes. “In response, people just showed up with combines. Guys would arrive and ask if they could help: ‘Sure, go get a semi and grain cart.’”
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