July 03, 2019

The American Farmer


The American farmer isn’t always who you think it is. It can be your next-door neighbor, your high school basketball referee, your local volunteer firefighter, or it can be the mom from down the street. They may not all look the same or even live the same lifestyle, but they all share one thing in common: They’re growing crops to feed not just this country, but the world. 

Brian Schorzman has worn the hats of many roles during his life. He was born and raised in Odessa, Washington, alongside his two sisters and has been farming ever since he can remember. 

“I was just born and raised into farming. Ever since high school, I’ve been doing it. I went to a junior college for a couple of years, but I’ve been farming ever since with my dad,” said Brian.

Not only has Brian been farming his whole life but he’s also been a high school referee for the last 27 years and volunteers as a local firefighter in his town.


“I’ve always had an interest in becoming a firefighter, and at the time they needed a place to station a truck in the summer as they moved on over to our farm. So, we have a truck in the summertime on our fields, and it’s also a great way to give back to the community,” said Brian. 

Brian may farm in the United States, but he works hand in hand with others around the globe. 

“We’ve had some farmers from Australia come up, and they’re trying to learn from us and we’re trying to learn from them,” Brian said.

Not only is Brian working with others across the world but he is also farming for them as well, and he takes pride in it.

“Being an American farmer to me means we’re here to raise the crop for this country and the world. We try to give the most nutritious and best-quality grain we can raise in the safest and cheapest way.”