The Peterson Farm Bros are made up of Greg (26), Nathan (23), Kendal (20), and honorary “bro” Laura (16) Peterson. We are siblings who farm together with our parents near Assaria, KS. We produce entertaining and educational videos on our YouTube channel (ThePetersonFarmBros) and post continuous farming and video updates to our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Ever since we began producing content, we have continued to realize a need to inform people about what we do in farming and in agriculture as a whole. There are many misconceptions about modern day farmers and we feel it is our calling to help correct some of those misconceptions. Aside from our production on social media, we travel around the country to speak on advocating for agriculture. We also blog about misunderstood topics in agriculture and open up our farm for tours. Through all of this we hope to educate the general public on where their food comes from and what a real Midwest family farm looks like!
About Our Videos:
The Peterson Farm Bros YouTube channel began in November of 2011 with a video featuring our whole family called “Wheat Harvest on a Real Family Farm in Kansas.” In May of 2012, Greg had an idea to make a parody music video with his brothers to help educate their city friends about farming. The video was filmed throughout the month of June and posted at the end of the month. It was entitled “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” and was a parody of the song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO. The song was a viral hit on YouTube and received over 5 million views in over 200 countries in 2 weeks. Since then, we have continued to make videos. We have done 9 total parody music videos and many other videos about our lives on the farm.
About Our Farm:
Our farm is a 5th generation family farm located near Assaria, KS in the United States of America. Our Swedish ancestors homesteaded it in the 1800s and we still farm on the same land today. We primarily raise beef cattle in our backgrounding feeder operation. We grow corn, alfalfa, and forage sorghum as feed for our cattle and we grow wheat, milo, and soybeans for cash crops. Our dad is still the “boss” of the farm, but we brothers have plenty of input into the decisions that are made and the work that is done. We have a hired man and neighbor named Terry, our dad’s cousin, who works on the farm when we are in school or gone on speaking trips. We have lived and worked on our farm with our family our entire lives, and enjoy hosting tours of our farm each summer. (For tour information, click “farm tours” at the top of this page) There are many videos on our YouTube channel that show what we do on the farm!
FAQ About Us:
Where are you in school? Greg is a 2013 Agricultural Communications graduate of Kansas State University. He is home working on the farm full time, but also spends much of the year traveling around the country speaking at events. (Booking info at www.petersonfarmbros.com) Nathan is a 2016 graduate of K-State where he majored in Agriculture Technology Management. He is home working on the farm full time. Kendal is a junior at K-State majoring in Agribusiness.
What are some of your hobbies? As you can probably tell, we like K-State! Especially K-State sports. We all 3 enjoy attending K-State football and basketball games as well as watching and playing sports. We love to farm (obviously), travel, work with youth, attend church activities, and spend time with family. We all have a passion for music, but Greg especially enjoys singing and playing the piano, guitar, and trumpet (Check out “The Greg Peterson Quartet” here: Youtube.com/gregpetersonmusic).
What kind of music do you listen to? Favorite artists? We like many different genres of music and generally appreciate all music unless it is obscene or offensive. Our favorite artists are LeCrae, NeedtoBreathe, Thousand Foot Krutch, Andy Mineo, The Classic Crime, Switchfoot, Bethel Music, and Hillsong.
What church do you go to? We go to the Evangelical Covenant Church in Lindsborg, KS.
What kind of tractors do you like? We like tractors that don’t break down and are reliable! Our favorite paint color is John Deere green.
What are your musical backgrounds? All 3 of us took piano lessons, sang in choir as kids and in high school, and played in high school band (Greg and Nathan play trumpet, Kendal plays trombone). Greg minored in music at K-State and has taken music theory, voice lessons, and sang in the collegiate choir. The whole family can sing together: Watch our Christmas quartet here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwwCqB9g20c&app=desktop
What are your plans for the future? Our goal is for all 3 of us to be able to farm together after college. That is easier said than done, as our farm with have to grow quite a bit to be able to support all of our families. If we are not able to farm together full-time, we are hopeful for other scenarios where maybe 1 of us is full time and the other 2 are only part time farmers. None of us desire to leave the farm completely! We don’t know how long we will keep making videos, but we do hope to stay on the agricultural advocacy front for the rest of our lives.
FAQ About Our Videos:
What motivated you to start making videos? Our first video was done so we could show our family and friends from the city what our farm was like and how much fun it was to work there! We didn’t think we would get more than a few thousand views, but a week after posting our first video we had over 5 million!
How long does it take you to make a video? It takes approximately 2-3 weeks from start to finish (Planning, Writing, Recording Audio, Recording video, Editing). We film about 2 hours worth of footage for one video!
How do you come up with song ideas? We look at popular songs (many of which are requested on our Facebook page) and try to find ways to change the title and the rest of the lyrics to words about farming. If we come up with good words and ideas, that’s usually the song that is picked!
Who writes the lyrics? Greg writes the lyrics, Nathan and Kendal help with filming ideas, and Laura helps film. Check out our behind the scenes videos on our YouTube channel!
Are there any copyright issues with parody videos? To put a parody video on YouTube, it must be clearly defined as a parody (references to original song and video) and must give credit to the original artist. We also avoid selling and marketing anything to do with the music of our videos. All of our merchandise for sale is based off of our words and our writing. The original artist also claims our
parody videos and the revenue from YouTube advertising goes to them!
How do we book speaking presentations and appearances? Under the “booking” tab at www.petersonfarmbros.com
FAQ About Our Farm:
How many acres? We farm around 1,400 acres.
How many cattle? We background just over 1,000 head between our 2 feedlot locations.
Do you do all of your maintenance on your machinery? We try to maintain and repair all of our machinery unless it is beyond our expertise or is cheaper to be fixed by a professional.
Do you have your crops custom harvested or do you custom harvest? We hire our neighbor to grind our bales so we can feed them to our cattle, but other than that we rarely custom hire. We are open to doing custom harvesting of wheat, milo, and soybeans, as well as forage crops like corn and sorghum.
Do you raise your own feed for the cattle or do you buy it? We raise all of our own feed (corn silage, alfalfa hay, wheat straw) except for a grain mix we buy from a local grain supplement company.
What is living/farming in Kansas like? In our opinion, Kansas is one of the greatest places to live! Kansas has great scenery, especially sunsets, and is home to some of the friendliest people and communities. Farming in Kansas can be hard because it doesn’t rain much, especially in the western half of the state, and the winters can be somewhat harsh. The best crops to grow in Kansas are wheat and sorghum. Kansas ranks #1 in both of those crops. We also have more cows than people!