‘Peaceful, easy feeling’
Brian Bjork of rural Forman, North Dakota, has been selling his equipment line through Facebook or word-of-mouth. A buyer will pick up the Case-IH combine in the spring. He says the sprayer, right, that he said was a game-changer for timely weed control.
Photo taken March 1, 2022, in rural Forman, North Dakota.
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“A lot of guys will farm until they’re 80 years old, because they can’t give it up, you know,” Bjork said.
Since making the decision to retire, Bjork said he acknowledges thinks of the Eagles song, “Peaceful, Easy Feeling.”
Sure, he’s loved farming. But he won’t miss buying fertilizer or truck licenses. He’s won’t miss crop insurance and worrying about whether weeds are resistant to chemicals. He’s suddenly done worrying about chemical availability or prices. Done with picking farm programs at the Farm Service Agency office.
And he has the satisfaction of dealing with a young neighbor, Scott Zirnhelt, age 42.
“I went over there at Christmastime and said, ‘You want to rent my land?’ He looked at me and says, ‘Really?’”
They came to a multi-year agreement.
In January 2022, Bjork went into the bank for his annual financial statement. He sold his grain and went in and paid off the combine.
“I told the banker, and said, ‘I’m retiring!’ It was a good day — to be done with the bank.” (He also thanked them for backing him on equipment deals over the years.
A heated farm shop felt good in a wintery early March 2022. Brian Bjork, 62, retired from farming at the end of 2021. He prepared a tracked Caterpillar Challenger tractor, one of many machines and implements he listed for sale on Facebook. Photo taken March 1, 2022, in rural Forman, North Dakota.
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In a sign of the times, Bjork announced his retirement to the world via Twitter.
“Wow, the response!” he said, with a big smile. “There was people from other countries: ‘Congratulations.’ ‘I hope you enjoy your retirement!’”
Bjork doubts any long-time friends were surprised.
They know Brian’s father, Norman, had “retired” and moved to town at age 62. That was 1983. Norman helped on the farm until about 2000 and died in 2002.
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