This is an installment of the 2013 edition of My Farm Roots, Harvest Public Mediaâ€™s series chronicling Americansâ€™ connection to the land. Click here to explore more My Farm Roots stories and to share your own.
Kelly Hagler, 25, is among the millions of young people who have left rural communities for the bright lights of the city, in this case Chicago.
But Hagler has not left completely.
Hereâ€™s what she told us last year when we asked people to share their â€śMy Farm Rootsâ€ť stories through the Harvest Network:
â€śThe drought and fear of not making contract yields, mixed with the pressure of new house expenses, is aging my already Old Man,â€ť she wrote. â€śIt's also so strange to be detached from them. It's something that few other non-farming families have to deal with: The guilt of leaving behind older parents to work the farm, all because you're trying to make your own living where more opportunities exist.â€ť