Pride in farming
Klingenberg takes pride in being a farmer, as evidenced by the videos “Ranching Here” and “Ranching Awesome,” both posted on his YouTube homepage, where he states the site features raising grain, beef, kids and creativity.
“It’s a creative outlet,” Klingenberg said about his video projects.
But he’s also discovered social media to be an effective means to try to educate others about agriculture.
“Ag, I think we get a bad rap because we don’t go out and tell people what we’re doing, so they assume the worst,” said Klingenberg, who graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in agriculture and a minor in agronomy in 2001.
Today’s farmers, Klingenberg said, face the dilemma of feeding the world’s growing population.
“It appears that we’re smart enough to keep up with the growing population, but if we get too many regulations and they don’t let the technology out, we’re going to have a problem,” he said. “We’re not going to produce enough.”
He recognizes the need to convey reliable information that counters stereotypes people may have about farming.
“It’s hard for you to go out and do that, and you’re working all the time,” he said, adding that it’s much easier for him to sit at his computer to put a video together and post it.
“So I’m trying to connect the city people.”
As for the beginning of his interest in videography, which he produces under Klingenberg Farms Studios, Klingenberg said, “I played around with cameras when I was a kid, and I’d imagine what I could do.”
Years later the necessary technology to do what he imagined became mainstream.
“All of a sudden I realized I could afford to buy some of this stuff,” he said about the software and video equipment he uses.
He first started working with video and editing when he and his brothers were part of a blue-grass music group called the Possum Boys. Klingenberg wrote the lyrics and music for “Bumble Bees in the Hay” and “Possum in the Barn,” which he produced as music videos about four years ago.
“I found out that I kind of have a knack for editing,” he said. “I just love editing.”
The software he now uses is Sony’s Vegas Pro.
“I know there are better ones out there,” Klingenberg said. “I started picking up business so I decided to go for the full upgrade, with the camera and everything, so I decided to go with that one. It’s good, though.
“It would be fun to play around a little more with special effects. No reason why I need to—I just want to.”
He has included friends and family in his projects, except for wife Kara.
“She’s out,” he said with a laugh. “But she has helped out sometimes.”
The Klingenbergs are raising three daughters—Makayla, 5, Alyssa, 3, and Lauren, 5 months.
He shoots video with a JVC high definition camera and uses a green screen for his video productions on which he can replace background images.
“I painted one on the wall of that shed, and just the lighting was a struggle,” he said, so he’s built a much bigger one, which measures 20 feet by 15 feet and is mounted on the west wall of a Morton building that also houses machinery and the farm office.
Most of his filming is done using a tripod.
“I’m able to zoom in,” he said. “I can control the zoom in editing to a certain point, and then it distorts it a little and then on the green screen.
“Sometimes I get someone to move with me.”
Klingenberg said he has a project soon to be posted, but he isn’t ready release too many details about the video.
“I’m almost done,” he said. “I’ve been almost done for a while. I lost my voice a couple of weeks ago, so I haven’t recorded it yet. I made a rough recording with my camera, but I’ll go to a studio to record it.”
Klingenberg records the voice-overs at Krehbiel Recording in Newton.
He often uses parodies to convey his message.
A recent one, “I Heart This GMO Sweet Ice Tea,” references the ongoing controversy about genetically modified organisms in foods.
“It’s not very popular,” he said about the video, evidenced by 2,500 recorded views compared to nearly 250,000 for “Ranching Awesome,” posted about two months ago.
“I think only farmers get it. I’m just trying to make fun of the acronym.”