Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives
Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives

Jake Chisholm
Farmer, Advocate and Student at North Dakota State University

Gary, Minnesota
Farm Credit Affiliation
AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Jake's Perspective

Jake Chisholm is changing the future of rural communities and agriculture as an advocate for U.S. agricultural policy, a farmer, a community contributor and a graduate student at North Dakota State University (NDSU).

Since 2009, Jake’s diversified grain and row-crop operation has grown to encompass 720-acres of cropland producing spring wheat, soybeans, dark red kidney beans and sugarbeets for the American Crystal Sugar Company.

Jake is simultaneously pursuing his master’s degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics and demonstrating an ongoing passion for agriculture, strong academic performance and superior leadership and communication competencies. He serves as an inspiration to students and holds formal leadership roles including acting as the Agribusiness and Applied Graduate Club President, Agribusiness Club Secretary and Recruitment Chairman of Alpha Gamma Rho.

“As a fourth generation farmer, I anticipate returning to my family’s farm to enhance our operation’s productivity, efficiency and sustainability for future generations,” Jake says. “I hope to achieve being successful in my career and farming, but also in my family and my community.”

In addition to his farming operation and involvement at NDSU, Jake has also successfully interned in multiple sectors of the agriculture industry including agronomy, policy, finance and commodity merchandising. During the summer of 2014, he interned for the American Sugarbeet Growers Association in Washington, D.C., playing a pivotal role in the proceedings of the antidumping and countervailing duty cases between the U.S. and Mexican governments. As a young and beginning sugarbeet farmer, Jake represented other sugarbeet farmers, advocating on their behalf for the importance of the U.S. sugar program.

“What inspires me to do the work I do is my passion for agriculture, people and making a difference to help each farm and farmer succeed,” he says. “I strongly believe in our industry’s ideals, tradition and legacy, and that the future of agriculture will be successful and prosperous through hard work and innovation.”

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