Most Kansans have driven past farms and seen signs like the one that reads, “One Kansas farmer feeds more than 128 people, and you.” Now, thanks to a viral video by three Kansas brothers, the entire world may see that sign.
Greg Peterson, a senior at Kansas State University, gets much of the credit for a video produced with his brothers Nathan and Kendal and released on the Internet’s YouTube. It’s a parody of the song, “I’m Sexy and I Know It,” by LMFAO. But in the Petersons’ knockoff, the brothers rap, “When I step to the bunk, this is what I see. All the hungry cattle are staring at me. I got passion for my plants and I ain’t afraid to show it. Show it. Show it. ... I’m farming and I grow it.” The brothers taped most of the video footage during an actual work day on their Assaria farm in Saline County.
On June 29, the New York Daily News online edition reported that since going online on June 25, the video had gotten more than 1.5 million hits. The Fox News website reported on the song the same day.
“We wanted to promote agriculture for what it really is,” Greg Peterson told AgriTalk. “People need to know where their food comes from. People need to know who farmers are. We’re not bad people. We’re just trying to do our jobs and feed the world.”
The Peterson brothers have created some less viral videos, including “Feeding Cattle,” “Picking Up Straw Bales,” and “Wheat Harvest on a Real Farm in Kansas.” These straightforward glimpses into their business may educate many, but it’s that goofy, fun video that will draw people to those videos. Others will only see “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” but they may learn something, too.
Kudos to three Kansas brothers who are proud farmers.