Chuck Thompson was tired of living hand-to-mouth. Like many farmers, he grew up on a traditional, corn-and-soybean operation in Humboldt, Iowa, and returned to it after college. Today, he and his brother farm with their father, making them the fourth generation of the family farm.
But in the last decade, the Thompsons have struggled to make enough money off of farming. In the last 5 years, they got rid of the 5,000 hogs they were raising per year because it no longer made economic sense. They also started a mobile grain vacuuming service, which Chuck says has financially supported their 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans.