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‘I’m Farming and I Grow It’ (Video)

By Sarah Shultz for DietsInReview.com

Greg Peterson, age 21 and one of the stars of the YouTube viral video “I”m Farming and I Grow It,” doesn’t have much time for small talk. I got a chance to chat with him recently about his success, but he warned me that he may need to stop to focus on his task at hand.

“I’m on the tractor right now. I figured it was time to get back to work,” he said, referring to his past week of neglecting the farm to take interviews, establish his online presence, and travel to New York to appear on Fox News, among other things.

Peterson uploaded the video June 25, appearing in it with his two brothers Nathan and Kendal, 18 and 15. The song parodies LMFAO’s electro-rap hit “Sexy and I Know It,” replacing their lines with ones such as “I get right to work, a farmer’s life can be a little berserk yeah/ This is how I roll, I feed the cattle till their stomachs are full/ Treat em right, that’s my belief”

Within 24 hours it had gotten 200,000 views; two days after, it reached a million. Currently the count is at 2.8 million views.

The video’s message is clear: promote local agriculture and the people who do it daily. “People wake up and eat their food and don’t even think about the farmers that had to work for it. We firmly believe that farming is one of the best professions in the world,” Peterson said.

One thing he doesn’t understand is some of the criticisms people have left as comments on YouTube, the ones that bring up animal rights, genetically modified crops, and environmental concerns. “You can’t bash agriculture unless you don’t want to eat anymore,” Peterson said. As Kendal sings in the video, “This is how I roll, without me the world would be outta control…Gotta feed the mouths of hungry people.”

The Peterson Farm Brothers, as they call themselves, made the video just as something fun to do in between their daily chores at the family farm in Assaria, Kansas. Peterson is working during the summer before returning to Kansas State University in the fall to complete his major in Agricultural Communications.

Instead of trying to make a career out of his recent fame, Peterson’s goals remain largely the same as before his family made it into the national spotlight.

“I want to work on the farm with my dad and brothers. That’s our family time, on the farm. Most people go to work and have family time after, but we get to do it all at once,” he said. “My passions are music, agriculture, and God. I’d like to do all three of them as a career, that would be my goal.”

Are there more parody videos in the future? Maybe. The brothers have also considered writing an album together. But Peterson was emphatic in his reasons for the video, saying, “We didn’t do it for money. We did it to promote agriculture. We did it for fun.”

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1:59AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

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2:35PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Great!

1:12PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

These three young men definitely have their heads on straight and their priorities in order!
They are wrong about one thing though--"People wake up and eat their food and don't even think about the farmers that had to work for it". I'm sure I'm not in the minority here when I say that (as I've said before) America was built on farming, it's the backbone of the nation, and we certainly cannot do without it. It would be wonderful though, if we had a vast return to the family farm life, and these farming familys were actually paid a living wage!
I haven't heard the song, but I look forward to it.

11:08PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

That is awesome! Look out Weird Al!!

2:11PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Kansas farmers kick ass (our politicians not so much)

11:07AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:53AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

I enjoyed the video. Thank you for sharing.

7:50AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

good article, thanks for sharing.

5:03AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thanks.

1:09AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

vastly increased, and after that, coincidentally (?) homo sapien evolved. Any increase in meat in people's diets, be they Cro Magnon, Neanderthal or Austropithicus (sorry not sure about spelling) lead to them suffering and contracting diseases, some of which were fatal, and because bone disease and vitamin A overdoses affect the fossils, we can still see these people today

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