#AgKids: Mindy Russell
Fair is over, but agriculture is a year ’round industry that touches the lives of many Fremont County families. #AgKids, brought to you by Bailey Tire and Auto Service, celebrates the next generation of local ag.
Mindy Russell wants to own a ranch one day where she can raise horses, cattle and hogs. It’s what she does right now on her folk’s place near Kinnear.
“It keeps me busy and out of trouble. I’ve grown up in Ag with my Mom and Dad. I really enjoy that lifestyle, it’s not work to me.”
Being adept at driving a tractor, plowing a field, and other farm chores gets her out into the fresh air. “I just love the outdoors, house work is not for me,” she laughed.
But there is more to agriculture than just growing crops and raising livestock. Mindy has also picked up skills in welding.
“I go to school at Wind River High in Pavillion, and started learning welding last year. This year I want to take our Ag 1 and Ag 2 classes to learn more,” she said. She’ll be a Sophomore this year.
Noting that her father is a welder who owns a fabricating businesses, she said she became interested in welding from Dad. “He started teaching me so I could help him out. We built a shop at home and I work there,” she said.
The only thing Mindy doesn’t want on her ranch is chickens. “No gross chickens for me, I like other farm animals.
Currently she is learning the ranching business while helping her folks manage their breeding cows and some horses on 131 acres of pasture land. She said she is also interested in breeding horses in the long term.
“There’s so much that goes into ag business, I really like it and want to continue in it,” she said.