HANCOCK COUNTY — On an uncommonly bright but brisk day last week in western Hancock County, 27-year-old Evan Schildmier was busy in the family farm’s equipment barn, working among a snake den of hydraulic hoses priming the row-crop planter for spring.
Schildmier has returned to the family’s 1,700-acre farm after seven years in the Marines and a couple of in-town jobs.
He’s currently the only one of Doug Schildmier’s three kids who has decided to make a living planting and harvesting, and the latest national figures from the United States Department of Agriculture’s census show the younger Schildmier is somewhat of an anomaly.
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