North Dakota FFA State Star Farmer Ethan Arnold is learning early about the challenges Mother Nature can bring to the farm. “My first year farming, my crop got hailed out. The next year, the rain wouldn’t stop. This year, drought is impacting the crop,” said Arnold. “Eventually, there will be a good crop that comes.” Arnold raises wheat, corn and pinto beans on 76 acres of rented land near Harvey, North Dakota, with plans to expand acreage. “Now that high school is done, I’ll work at the farm more. I applied for the young farmer loan. If I get it, I’ll purchase some farm equipment.” Along with helping out on the farm, Arnold plans to attend Bismarck State College. “I’ll study to be an agronomist and also help out on the farm.”
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