Newsmakers: Gambling With Mother Nature – A Farmer's Perspective
The Dodge County farm operated by Jonathan Gibbs, who works with his father and uncle, will soon be 100 years old. In a Newsmakers interview, Gibbs talked about the perils, decisions, and risks of farming in an age when the used Massey Ferguson tractor he just bought cost more than $100,000. On June 20, 2013, WisconsinEye Senior Producer Steve Walters rode along as Gibbs, 34, disced the ground, preparing to plant soybeans on June 20. They talked about the versatility of soybeans, growing corn, the cost of health care for he, his wife and their two young children, and how bad weather can ruin the family farm’s finances..