Brett Engelland chose a path well trodden.

He tells the story from the kitchen table - one similar to any farm boy who followed in his father’s footsteps. Four, maybe five generations of Engellands have been farmers here. He never really considered another life.

“It’s just kind of one of those things,” he said. “It is in your blood and kind of hard to get out.”

Today, he and his wife, Lori, are continuing the tradition. On a farm near Nickerson, they raise hay, milo, wheat, soybeans and canola, along with cattle and two kids - Brady, 7, and Lexi, 6.

They live on the farm where Brett’s parents, Bruce and Sharon Engelland, raised him and his brothers, Matt and Brent, who also farms.

Brett said he farms with his dad.

“We help each other out,” he said. “I’ve been helping my dad since I was too little to drive.”

Bruce and Sharon used to dairy, and the brothers’ first jobs were feeding the bottle calves every morning before school. They quit dairying around 2000 and focused on the hay operation.

Lori grew up in Cheyenne County. Her grandparents farmed.

The couple met when Lori was working at the local cooperative. They married in 2007.

Lori stays at home - helping Brett farm, including operating the swather and running for parts.

They are teaching their children about farming. Brady and Lexi like to help fix equipment, running to get dad tools. They also like to check cattle.

For Lori, farming means family.

“It is family, it is about family,” she said. “We’re still working with his parents. And the farm allows us family time even when we have our very busy times.”

Brett said he likes being able to work with his mom and dad.

“I learned a lot from my dad, my work ethic is one of them,” he said. “Everything I've learned in terms of farming has come from him.”

He’s taught Bruce a few things, too. That includes new technology, like auto steer on their equipment.

Lori said the family is always there to support and help. She recalled how she and Brett had to stay longer in Wichita after their son was born. Family helped do the chores and watch over the operation.

“We help each other,” said Brett.