Brian Scott

Brian Scott

Farmer & Founder


The Farmer's Life

Delphi, IN USA


I spent two years hating my retail job, when one day the light bulb came on—I woke up and realized I didn’t have to go back to a job that I hated.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised on his family farm in Indiana—as the fourth generation to work that land, he says his life has never taken him far from home.
Graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in soil and crop management.
Right out of college, he says he “chickened out of farming” and went to work in retail for a brief time—he quickly realized that working on his farm was where he belonged.
For him, being his own boss and working in the family business provides the perfect amount of work-life balance that he needs.
Says the biggest misconception about farming is that it’s not a high tech field—farmers are often using self-driving tractors, drones, and satellite imagery to monitor their crops.
The main crops he farms are corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat using a combination of precision agriculture, biotechnology, and cover cropping.
Is a part of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) through the USDA, which rewards farmers for adopting and managing advanced conservation systems.
His blog, <i>The Farmer’s Life</i>, has been hugely influential in promoting the virtues of modern agriculture and featuring the daily operations of his family’s farm.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Purdue University-Main Campus
Career

Career

Farmer & Founder

I am a full-time farmer utilizing precision agriculture, biotechnology, and cover cropping.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Environment & Nature
Technology
Technology
Working Independently
Working Independently

Day to Day

The time of year matters a lot with what's going on day to day. We work in the field and keep an eye on progress should any issues arise like pests or disease that could harm us in the final stages of the growing season. We consult with retailers, seed salespeople, and agronomists to understand how to best handle any issues that may present themselves. Also we need to plan for next year before this year's harvest even begins.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need to know your way around a toolbox for sure. I'm not a pro carpenter, welder, or electrician, but you get into all kinds of work on a farm. If there's a project you can't handle properly you may need to hire someone to do it for you. There are days I wish I would have taken some more vocational training to have more formal education in the trades.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Get involved with a local farm. They might be looking for seasonal help during busy times of the year.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Soil Science and Agronomy, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Why would you want to be a farmer?"

There is a misconception that farming is all red barns and silos and it's not. It's a very forward-thinking, tech-rich, innovative field. After working in a different industry for a while, I just knew that farming was where I belonged.

Challenges I Overcame

Work Stress
Work Stress

With farming, there is always an element of insecurity. This job is seasonal and truly at the mercy of the elements. If crops fail, then you don't make money.