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February 12, 2012

A farmer contrasts his U.S. and Ghana farming experiences

Kristopher Klokkenga is a 32 year old farmer from Emden, Illinois, who has been involved in setting up a new commercial farm in Ghana since 2010.

His clearly written, easy to digest descriptions of his experiences, particularly the differences between the two places, make very interesting reading.

On a trip back to Illinois, he expresses relief at getting a break from Ghana’s mostly all-year round sweltering equatorial heat. He is reminded of how ready access to the latest farming technological gadgets greatly eases harvest on his family’s Illinois farm, compared to his experience harvesting maize in Ghana.

He writes, “Budgets become extremely important to conserve our limited funds. So instead of a importing an expensive combine to use for harvesting our small area, we used a New Idea 325 2RN, the same type of picker that Grandpa used 50 years ago”

On the other hand, he appreciates how the climate in Ghana makes two maize harvests possible in one year.  

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