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.

Spadgenske family focuses on sustainability, community

What started with a humble beginning of just 60 cows in a rented barn, one tractor and two brothers living in a mobile home in Menahga, Minnesota, has grown into a thriving first-generation dairy operation. Twin brothers, Mike and Mark…

Making Sustainability Accessible for Fellow Farmers

The Schlangen family dairy farm near Albany, Minnesota, received the recent announcement of the U.S. dairy community’s new sustainability goals with relative ease. Like most dairy farmers, they’ve been testing and implementing new processes for decades because of their strong…

A Dream Job at Peterson Dairy

When Alex Peterson envisioned his dream job, he didn’t picture working on his family’s dairy farm in Trenton, Missouri. As a teenager, he wasn’t keen on the never-ending chores and all-encompassing lifestyle. Today, he can tell you how many steps…

Virtual Tour of Trailside Holsteins Provides Real-Time Answers to Questions about Dairy

An easy way to engage consumers in a dialogue about dairy is to give them a glimpse into everyday life on the farm through digital channels. People are naturally curious about things that are new to them, and digital and…

A passion rooted in caring for animals: Meet Minnesota dairy farmer Lindsey Borst

            Growing up on her family’s small hobby farm, Lindsey Borst developed a love of caring for animals of all types. However, it wasn’t until she married her husband, Kevin, that her passion for dairy farming and its way of…

Kregel Dairy: Sixth generation follows passion back home

Kregel Dairy has been in operation since the late 1800s in Guttenberg, Iowa. Kregel is managed in part by sixth-generation farmer, Megan Kregel, for whom dairy farming has always been a way of life. With 400 cows, Megan, her sister…

Hildebrandt represents next generation on family’s Illinois farm

Meet Angie Hildebrandt of Hildebrandt Farms. Located in South Beloit, Illinois, this featured farmer’s family started milking cows in 1981. Today, they have grown their operation to 900 cows and 2,000 acres of cropland. Currently, there are three generations on…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…