The Heartland, since the beginning, has had firm roots in the agricultural industry. While some have moved on to other fields, there are still those that continue the proud farming tradition.
“My great-grandfather moved there in 1881 from Germany,” Larry Dierks said.
It's this tradition that keeps the current crew of Dierks going.
“Well, I really like the life for one thing and it gives the family an opportunity to be together as a family and do a lot of things together,” Larry Dierks said.
“It makes me feel like I'm involved with the family,” Lathan Dierks, youngest son, said.
“Oh, it's fun,” Lane Dierks, oldest son, said. “It is something we get to do with my dad.”
Time that the guys say brings the family closer.
“When me and my sons go out fixing fences, it is kind of like family time as well as a job,” Larry Dierks said.
A family life rooted in tradition means for this family from beginning to end, everyone plans their role.
“From the time it is put into the ground from the time that it is sold and everything in between, it is a family decision,” Pam Dierks said.
Outside the farm, Larry has held the position of Jackson County Farm Bureau President for the past two years and Lane, the oldest son, is involved with the Future Farmers of America.
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