Guest Post: A Farmer’s Perspective

[vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image css_animation=”” image=”7448″ border_color=”” img_link_large=”” link=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]We moved to this farm in 1961, it has been part of our family since. Previously we owned another farm near Elk Mountain. It’s just over 500 acres. We raise dairy cows and currently have 250 – 300 head on the farm. Depending on the demand, we can milk 150 or more if we need to.  In addition to the dairy cows, we grow our own corn for silage. Sometimes we also plant oats.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]What is your favorite part about your farm?
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]I grew up on a farm and have always had a passion for it. I like country and the bucolic landscape. I am a dairy farmer at heart.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]How has the natural gas industry impacted your farm?
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]We currently have four wells producing on the farm. The royalties are being used around the farm. We are also in discussion with Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection to keep the separate tank pad from being reclaimed. It is well built and provides us an easily accessible site to store equipment, round bales and silage. Having an area like this tank farm would keep us from damaging the fields during the winter and early spring when we move equipment and bales around.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Have you been able to reinvest funding from the natural gas production into your farm?
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]We have reinvested much of the royalties back into the farm. Specifically we repaired some of the older buildings and the roofing. We also added some new facilities like a spring house. We have also purchased three new pieces of equipment.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Anything you wish other farmers knew about dealing with the natural gas industry or what to expect in general?
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Our dealings have been very positive with the drilling people and the pipeline people. In addition to the wells on the farm we have multiple pipelines running under our field. We have not seen any negative impact to the fields. We were able to take multiple cuts off of it this year.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/2″]What do you hope is the future for farming in northeastern Pennsylvania as a whole?
[/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image css_animation=”” image=”7449″ border_color=”” img_link_large=”” link=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]That’s the $1,000,000 question isn’t it? I believe that Susquehanna County will continue to be a farming community. I’ve seen cases where farmers had to sell off their dairy cows because they couldn’t afford them anymore. And now that the natural gas industry is here, I’ve seen these same farmers bring dairy cows back. The economic impact of the natural gas industry is giving farmers new opportunities and choices.
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]And what do you hope for the future of your farm?
[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row animation=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]I really hope my grandchildren can continue on with the farm. I have one granddaughter who is already helping out, especially with the cows. It’s easy to see she really likes it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Bill desRosiers

William serves as an External Affairs Coordinator for Coterra Energy. He is focused on building community knowledge and support for our organization and industry. Before his time with Coterra, William was the original field director for Energy in Depth’s Northeast Marcellus campaign. In this capacity for two years, William worked to engage, educate and mobilize supporters of Marcellus Shale development across New York and Pennsylvania. William desRosiers received his B.S. in Management, History and MBA from Misericordia University.

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