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Multi-generation Midwest dairy farmer champions – Michael Johnson, Melisa Konecky, Evan Metzger and Darcy Steffes – talk about the importance of connecting with people to share their farm family stories.
Steve and Lisa Groetsch from Albany, Minnesota, began dairy farming together after they were married in 1989. Starting with 40 cows in a stall barn, they always had an eye to the future and making improvements to the dairy to benefit their farm, their cows and their family.
Margaret Johnson’s love for dairy began at a young age. “Early on we were required to do chores around the farm,” said Margaret, “It became a special time for me to spend time with my dad.”
Blake and Chicky Otte started Square Deal Dairy in 1997 with the hopes of continuing the farm for generations. Fast forward 20 years and they are now farming with the help of their three sons Tyler, Bret and Eric. Their commitment to sustainability and planning for the future earned them the honor of being named Minnesota Milk Producers Association’s 2016 Dairy Farm Family of the Year.
For 25 years, Karen Kasper has been dedicated to sharing her family’s farm story with her community, especially school children. From hosting field trips on their farm to taking animals to the local library, and participating in agriculture speaking programs for schools and community groups and a Kasper Dairy Facebook page, she’s always looking for a new opportunity to introduce dairy farming to new audiences.
A dedication to sustainability and energy efficiency is second nature for Jer-Lindy Farms in Brooten, Minnesota. The 258-acre farm uses the most sustainable methods to cultivate corn and alfalfa and provide the best environment for its 200 dairy cows.
As the calendar turns to a New Year, many of us are thinking about resolutions for better health, finances or career opportunities. However, for dairy farmers like Doug and Julie Heintz, making improvements on their family farm is at the top of their minds all year long.
Merri Post loves recipes, from testing out new ones with family and friends to sharing her favorites with followers on her dairy farm’s Middleroad Acres Facebook page. When she saw a call for recipes for a new dairy cookbook, the first thing that came to mind was a family favorite that celebrates the freshness of dairy ingredients.