This past week I had the opportunity to learn about sugar beet farming, courtesy of a couple of great guys, Ernie Oberg and his son Brian. Oberg Farms is a thriving business based in Moorhead (Minn.) but it’s hardly limited to sugar beets. Potatoes, corn, wheat and soybeans round out a family-run business that’s been around for generations. It was an enjoyable and informative day though one question plagued me every second I was there: Is what they’re showing me really farming… or are Ernie and Brian hiding something? They showed me this large vehicle below, insisting it was an integral part of the work they do. What work were they speaking of? Farming? Or was it… something else? Look very carefully at the face of their employee in this video. Is he, perhaps, hiding something?
They also took me to what looked like an extensive array of holding bins for crops. It certainly was an impressive structure but you’ll notice from the footage – we kept a certain distance from the compound, never moving any closer than where we stood. Why, I wondered? What was really in those bins? And where were the workers? Who was the tiny man in the little house? And why was he wearing a dark green construction helmet with a surgical mask? Was all this merely a front?
Is it all exactly as Ernie and Brian Oberg insist – a farming business that’s been in the family for a long time? Or, is it something more… something complicated… something beyond the fringe? You decide.
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