Posted on Apr 17, 2019
“Growth, but yet, contentment…”
These are the guiding words for Jaden DeVore, Leadership Sorghum Class IV member, in his personal life and in making decisions for his family farming operation in Cheney, Kansas.
DeVore grew up on the farm in Cheney where he always knew he wanted to return, even after his time at Kansas State University. DeVore developed a passion for farm life at a young age by spending time learning from his grandfather.
“He would pick me up from school from the time I was about six and we would go work on combines,” DeVore said. “Those were great times. He gave me the love for farming and I wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t for Grandpa Dick.”
After graduating from high school, DeVore attended K-State to study agricultural economics and animal science where he met his wife, also from a farming family in Kansas. They married in 2013 and now live on DeVore’s family farm in Cheney, raising their almost 1-year-old daughter.
On his operation, DeVore grows sorghum, wheat, soybeans and corn and maintains a 150 head cow-calf operation. DeVore uses his educational background in animal scienceon the cattle side of the business, and his agricultural economics knowledge is applied throughout all segments of his operation. The relationships he formed while pursuing his education have become the biggest take away from his college experience.
“I can’t say that I use my education every single day, but I gained a huge network of professors, friends, like-minded people and non like-minded people that I can call on any day of the week and bounce ideas off of,” DeVore said.
This desire to learn and build relationships peaked his interested in Leadership Sorghum when a friend and Class III participant encouraged him to apply. Looking back on the program, DeVore values the relationships he gained and the knowledge of various parts of the sorghum industry, particularly the legislative factor he experienced in Washington, D.C.
“It’s opened my eyes to the fact that there’s more to farming than just going to the farm every day, and we need influential people in the right places to make change for our industry,” he said. “Someone has to be there to push for what’s right.”
His experiences have inspired DeVore to become more involved in sorghum, and he looks forward to being part of the force pushing the industry forward.
Equipment Color: Mostly green but anything that runs.
Tractor Tunes: Typically country and Christian worship music
Favorite Season on the Farm: Fall because of harvest and getting cattle in
Favorite Part of Farming: Being able to work outside every day and not having a boss, answering to himself, being self-motivated, experimenting and networking with people
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing and snow skiing
Jaden is a member of Leadership Sorghum Class IV, a program designed to foster the next generation of sorghum leaders. The program exposes members to various aspects of the sorghum industry from basic and applied research to international marketing. Through both hands-on and classroom-style education, participants gain an understanding of how sorghum moves through the value chain, how checkoffs and interest organizations interact on behalf of the industry and what the future holds for the crop. The program also provides professional development training and networking opportunities.