Farmer Stories

For generations, Midwest Dairy farm families have been producing fresh, nutritious milk. These farm families are caretakers of their cows, stewards of the land and leaders in their communities.

Resiliency becomes a defining value at Bohnerts’ Jerseys

Karen Bohnert of East Moline, Illinois, is a second-generation dairy farmer living life, raising three kids and running the farm, Bohnerts’ Jerseys, with her husband. The Bohnert family perseveres, no matter the challenges being faced. The family embodies the resilient…

Hildebrand Farms: A Passion for Dairy

This article was originally written for and published by Kansas Farm and Food Connection. Hildebrand Farms has been a staple in Junction City since 1930, when Arnold Hildebrand got a permit to sell milk in the area. Today, Melissa Hildebrand…

Sustainability

Sustainability a Guiding Principal at Cinnamon Ridge Farms

To John and Joan Maxwell, sustainability means caring for their land to pass on to the next generation. But more importantly, it means sharing what they've learned to continue to elevate agriculture as a whole. It's these ideals that truly…

Sustainability

Sustainability always in reach at Jer-Lindy Farms LLC

For Jerry and Linda Jennissen, who began farming together in 1979, sustainability continues to be a never-ending goal. “What is sustainable? We still struggle with that,” remarks Linda Jennissen. “One day you think you’ve got yourself set up for long-term…

Sustainability

Invested in Their Community’s Future: Lenkaitis Holsteins

Andy and Sarah Lenkaitis couldn’t be more aware of the great social and environmental responsibilities that come with being dairy farmers. They have a one-year-old son, Lucas, whom they hope will be the third generation to run Lenkaitis Holsteins, the…

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Sustainability Shines at Dorrich Dairy

Nestled just east of Minnesota’s Lake Minnewaska, Dorrich Dairy’s Vold family incorporates sustainability into their daily routine on their 450-cow dairy. In fact, in 2015, the 4th generation family farm won the U.S. Dairy Sustainability Award for Outstanding Dairy Farm…

South Dakota Dairy Farmer Shares Her Passion for Dairy Foods and Farming

You won’t find a dairy farmer more dedicated to connecting with students to showcase dairy’s farm-to -table story than Heidi Zwinger, herd manager at Boadwine Dairy near Baltic, which is home to over 2,000 cows and 1,800 heifers and calves.…

Minnesota Farm Family Committed to Connecting to Local Community

The connection between city and farming continues to grow farther and farther apart, but in Hugo, Minn., the Miron Farm is committed to connecting with their urban community. Fran and Mary Ann Miron, their sons Paul and Andrew Miron, as well as their families,…

Sharing an Undeniably Dairy Christmas with the Community

What started as a visit to Menards to wait out a snowstorm, wandering the aisles and making an impromptu purchase of an inflatable Christmas forest scene has led dairy farmer Sara Bremer down a unique path that combines sharing her family’s dairy…

Agriculture Literacy Program Engages the Community in Novel Way

For the past three years, dairy farmer Angie Tauer has been the children’s librarian at the local Dyckman Library in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota where her work is focused on early literacy learning skills and community outreach. What she didn’t expect from her…

Arkansas Dairy Farmer Makes Connections On and Off the Farm

Susan Anglin grew up a city girl. She married into a third-generation dairy farm, Triple A Farms in Bentonville, Arkansas. The confidence and knowledge Susan has today makes one think she’s been dairy farming her entire life. As Susan tells it, “I knew the pair of pliers and pocket knife [husband] Ryan gave me on my wedding day was…

South Dakota Farmer Gives Back to Families in Need

Boadwine Farms in Baltic South Dakota, a century-old family farm, regularly opens their doors to not only share their dairy farm story, but also to give back to local families in need. Every other year, the family hosts an open…