Like many of the featured Faces Behind Your Food, Ryan Appelquist is a farmer. In fact, he and his father farm about 2,500 acres of corn and soybean together in Lee County, making them a fairly tradition farming partnership.
But Ryan and his family also bring a dose of nontraditional to their farming operation — or at least a dose of diversification.
Ryan, along with his family, own and operate Appelquist Trucking in Franklin Grove, Ill.
In addition to their farming operation, the Appelquist family hauls fertilizer, liquid anhydrous and Monsanto seed for local farmers. Balancing the work on the farm and the work in the trucking business can be tricky, but enjoyable, said Ryan.
“I usually schedule our trucking around farming,” Ryan said. “Farming is mine and my father’s number one priority and trucking fills in the time when you’re not farming. But I do have two drivers so we have three trucks running all the time. Those guys know what they’re doing and really only call me when there’s a problem.”
And how does that family trucking business relate back to the food on your plate? Without it, Ryan said, you may not have that food on your plate.
“Trucking is kind of the center wheel of everything,” Ryan said. “You have to have the truck to get the grain out of the field, to get the finished product into the grocery store, to get back the seed back to the farmers to grow food for the next year. Without a semi, you aren’t going to get much moved and you aren’t going to receive a lot, either. It’s a big part of the whole entire world and the way the world moves.”
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