Robert Baldwin, Jr.
What is your story?
I was raised on Maryland’s rural eastern shore where I grew up surrounded by agriculture. As soon as I was old enough I started working for local farmers as well as helping my parents build our own produce operation. I was an active member of 4-H, participating in a variety of activities ranging from livestock to welding. I always knew that I wanted to be my own boss and that I wanted to work in production agriculture but wasn’t sure how I could make it happen. The Engler Program was a big selling point for me when I was looking at colleges and was the big reason I chose to attend UNL. Through taking the classes and attending the different workshops that the program organizes, as well as working one on one with the staff the Engler Program has taught me the skills I will need to have to be a successful business owner.
What is your business?
Diversified farming operation consisting of fruits, vegetables, grain, and ornamental plants
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
If you believe in what you’re doing, then work hard to achieve your dreams and don’t give up.
What has been your favorite "Engler Experience" to date?
My favorite Engler Experience was getting to go down to Amarillo, TX, and tour one of Mr. Engler’s feed yards while getting to work with some entrepreneurs at the West Texas Enterprise Center.
What has been the biggest hurdle or struggle you've dealt with in your entrepreneurial journey?
The largest struggle that I have dealt with so far has been being over 1,000 miles away from where I want to permanently establish my business.