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ISSUE DATE: 04/25/2011

Young entrepreneur is in the drivers seat

By Doug Rich

Tristan Swartz remembers vividly the first time he drove a combine. He was 4 years old and riding along with his father, David Swartz, during fall harvest. It was late in the evening, time to move the combine and truck to another field, and it was just the two of them.

"Dad said he would take the truck if I could follow him in the combine," Swartz recalls.

They made it to the next field with no problems, and Swartz began his career in the custom combining business. The only snag was that his mom showed up about the time they arrived and Dad got chewed out pretty good for letting Tristan drive the combine.

Today 22-year-old Tristan Swartz owns his own custom harvesting business and Dad drives combines for him.

Swartz purchased his first combine, a 1965 John Deere 95, with money from selling calves when he was 15 years old and began harvesting corn and soybeans for farmers in the area around Savannah, Mo. He picked up his first job from a neighbor who had eight acres of oats to cut.

"Dad had to drive me to look at the combine because I didn't have my driver's license yet," Swartz said.


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Additional 3i Show exhibitors announced
ARC elects board at annual conference
College Aggies Online scholarships awarded
Colombia FTA details finalized
Dietary yeast extracts tested as alternative to antibiotics
FAPRI developing online resource for beginning farmers, ranchers
Form 1099 repeal is good news
Gardner to speak at Energy Expo 2011
House passes amendments to block EPA funding to regulate dust
KFAC Teacher of the Year wins national teaching award
Make your farm ready for tornado season
Master conflict management
Moran to speak at 'Food for Thought' event
Officials assess damage left by fires
Phillipsburg to host healthy aging conference
Red tape gripes aired at rural summit
USDA announces investments in broadband technology
Using tax refunds to buy bonds
USMEF relief, recovery programs continue in Japan
UW presents shrub reestablishment workshop in Casper
UW to host ag tech forum
What might lie ahead for the U.S. debt
Young entrepreneur is in the driver's seat now


Harvest Heroes wins best blog
Learn how to install a drip irrigation system
Manage volunteer corn in Roundup Ready soybeans
Nominations sought for conservation award
Register now for Canola U
Researchers evaluate soybean germplasm to combat rust
Soft red winter wheat rebound influences USDA predictions
TPPB donates peanut butter to food bank
USDA drops projected wheat exports


Bull sale follows trend of stronger cattle market
CAB exports quality products
CAB seeks clarity in GIPSA rule changes
Customer relations critical to success
Food safety study of beef trim leads to collaboration
Founding branded program remains at top
Handling cattle properly prevents injury
ICA names beef cattle specialist to Hall of Fame
IPPA seeking producer award nominations
Livestock Judging Contest set for May 12
Mountain States Beef Expo will showcase livestock
National Goat Exposition set for fall of 2012
NCBA members testify before Congress
NDA quarantines backyard flocks
Quality beef starts with you
Sheep and Goat Conference is May 1
Shorten the breeding season to increase calf value
Spring calving season mostly complete in Nebraska
State orders tougher ID rules for imported cattle
Stockgrowers thank senator
Three earn scholarships from Iowa Cattlemen's Foundation
UNL's Block and Bridle names Hall of Fame honoree
Wyoming tightens cattle ID rule for brucellosis zone


Ehmke continues discussion on crop insurance
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Better planning needed for rural America's transportation system
How will agriculture cope with regulatory agencies?
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Urban girl turned country


Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction summary
Cold, wet conditions delay field activity
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn planting continues
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Faith livestock auction report
Farmers see busy week
Field work continues to be delayed by wet conditions
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain bid gains impressive
Grain market close
High Plains slaughter news
Irrigation very active in some areas
Joplin livestock auction report
Kansas hay moderate
Keoco feeder cattle auction report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Moisture conditions vary throughout state
Most hay prices steady, some trade slow
Most topsoil moisture levels rated very short or short
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock market report
Pastures starting to green
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Precipitation limits corn planting
Salina livestock auction report
Severe weather brings tornadoes, hail and rain
State receives some precipitation
Tama feeder cattle auction report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Winter lingers
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


Caring for cattle after wildfires
Dairy Grazing Conference set for July
KDHE issues Flint Hills air quality advisory
Manage height, cut early in spring grazing


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Being too frugal may be more costly in the long run
Consumers urged to recheck food labels
Get growing!
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Help kids grow their own garden
Hidden elm population may hold genes to combat Dutch elm disease
Iowa's Best Burger contest names top 10
Make mealtime meaningful
Meditation for 4-25-11
Online publications make gardening easy
Raised bed gardening
Spear asparagus for dinner tonight
Transplant solution helps plants get a strong start
UNL program hosts food business seminars
West Plains FFA takes lead in competition

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