After growing up in agriculture, Trent Kubik of Hamill knew his professional life would always revolve around it. He just took a different route rather than returning to the farm full time.
“Since our family farm is not large enough to sustain multiple generations, the next best thing for me was to work with and supply farmers the inputs they need to succeed,” he says of working as area sales manager for LG Seeds.
In addition to that full-time job, Kubik partners with brothers Troy and Bruce to operate a corn, soybean, milo, alfalfa and cow-calf operation. He says he enjoys working in the field or with their beef cattle herd.
Kubik says the most important issue facing today’s grain farmers is a lack of knowledge and systems in regard to business management. Farmers will always have to deal with high costs and volatile markets that are out of control, for the most part. That causes farmers to make decisions out of emotion rather than fact.
“Properly managing the farm as a business in terms of cost of production and marketing goods with systems that are meant for agriculture and are as advanced as the rest of the technology on the farm will be the difference between sustainment and failure.”
The graduate of Winner High School and South Dakota State University, with an agronomy degree, is a certified crop adviser and is active with First Dakota Beginning Farmers & Ranchers and Team BEEF. He also assists with 4-H and FFA.
Kubik and his wife Shannon have one son, Landon.