Adam Stromberger began farming on his own when he was a senior in high school in 2006.
He rented an 80-acre farm and began raising grain corn and Coors barley.
He didn’t make one cent his first year but, like many ag producers, he decided to try again the next year.
Over the past eight years, things have gotten progressively better. He now farms nearly seven times as much ground and he’s actually making some money.
He’s also been selected by the Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association to receive the Outstanding Regional Colorado Young Farmer award for the northeast area of the state. This award is presented to members who derive 100 percent of their income from farming.
Stromberger, 26, is no stranger to ag.
He also helps his father in the operation of a four-generation family farm. It was his father who made it possible for Adam to start his own agriculture enterprise in 2006.
Stromberger now has farming pursuits in both the Windsor and Eaton areas. He farms with his father, he also farms on rented ground, and he farms and crop shares acreage with a great uncle and great aunt. He raises grain corn, silage corn, red beans, wheat and barley.
He also helps with a nonprofit farm owned and operated by the Thompson Valley Colorado Young Farmer Chapter. Proceeds from the farm are donated to a scholarship fund which provides college help to members of the nearby FFA chapter. He has been involved with the project each year since 2008.
Realizing that diversification is essential in ag operations, Stromberger invested in a semi-truck and does some custom hauling in the summer and fall, and also custom combines for friends and neighbors at harvest time.
His family also has a small produce business selling sweet corn and pumpkins and other fresh vegetables locally during the summer and fall.
Stromberger has been a contributing member of the Thompson Valley Young Farmer Chapter, doing his part to help with projects, events and activities. He is also a volunteer for the annual Greeley Farm Show and serves on the buildings and grounds committee.
Front Range runner-up for Outstanding Young Farmer Chapter Award
With 18 active members and a laundry list of activities, events and community service projects, the local Front Range Chapter of the Colorado Young Farmers organization was named the runner-up to the 2014 Colorado Young Farmers Education Association Outstanding Colorado Young Farmer Chapter Award.
It was edged out of the top spot by the St. Vrain Chapter. These two neighboring chapters, who sometimes even work together, are often fierce competitors for these top state titles in several categories.