Like many other traditions that have gone by-the-wayside this year in deference to containing the virus; a Farm Family of the Year is not being awarded through U of M Extension/Chisago County.
Farm Fest in Minnesota is cancelled this summer, and there are no County or State Fairs either. County Board liaison to the Extension Committee, Commissioner Chris DuBose, explained the program instead will get behind a one time 2020 recognition for all the county family farms.
DuBose said the Extension committee didn’t wish to discard the recognition system that’s been going for some 40 years, but understands it’s a “challenge” this year to follow the usual format.
The Chisago County Board was slated to voice the revised proclamation at last week’s County Board meeting, but format and wording, Board members felt, need fine tuning.
Commissioner Rick Greene, the lone farmer on the County Board, (along with an educator/lawyer, retired trucker, investment banker and one commissioner who is in real estate) commented on the historic significance and distinction in earning the accolade as “Farm Family of the Year.”
Greene thought the prestige will appear to be reduced by just calling out farmers generically. For the proclamation and award itself Commissioner Greene argued for at least different wording.
Commissioner George McMahon got what Greene’s concern was, saying the “specialness” of being named Farm Family of the Year could be diminished by what’s being proposed.
Commissioner Mike Robinson motioned to request that staff bring new language and a new physical “certificate” back for Board consideration July 15.
The motion passed unanimously.
The U of M Extension Service began the individual family farm recognition in 1984.
Chisago County selects the farm family for their hard work and innovations, just as other Minnesota counties do. Grandchildren and children who are part of farm family over the years, are now appearing on the roll for their current day farm operations.
The award is usually presented at the agriculture industry’s annual convention held every August, except this year, at Farm Fest in Redwood Falls.
Chisago County past winners: ~ Harold & Mary Eklund 1980 ~ Carlyle & Beatrice Klinke 1982 (none in 1981) ~ Ron & Carol Hauglie 1983 ~ Warren & Carol Sandberg 1984 (none in 1985) ~ John & Judy Nelson 1986 ~ Dan & Lunn Schultz 1987 ~ Carrie & Mark Nelson 1988 ~ 1989 Craig & Margaret Mold and Maurice & Delores Mold ~ 1990 Larry & Judy Lindahl ~1991 Charles & Karen Flodquist and Jay & Julie Flodquist ~1992 Dale & Sharon Anderson and Robert & Shirley Anderson ~1993 Lowell & Kathleen Lindo ~ 1994 Kent & Deb Reed ~1995 Ron & Sue Johnson ~1996 Glen & Carolyn and Kenneth & Edith and Lyle & Laura Holmstrom ~1997 Mark & Nancy Moulton
For the next few years the criteria for the award were expanded and there were multiple honors for alternative ag. etc. ~ 1998 David & Rhoda Viker ~1998 Judy & Steve Remitz ~1998 Harley & Maggie Johnson and Harley Jr. & Debi Johnson and Kent Johnson ~1998 Dwight & Renae Hasselquist 1999 Khue & Si Vang ~1999 Mallery Family ~ 2000 Kevin & Cheri Peterson ~2000 Jonathan & Patricia Moulton ~2001 John & Jewell Peterson ~2001 Keith & Deborah Johnson ~2002 Alan & Susan Abrahamson ~2002 Jim Birkholz & Judy Erickson ~2003 Glenn & Krisa Carlson (none in 2004) ~ 2005 Foster & Karen Mooney ~2006 Brad & Lanie Bismark ~ 2007 Marty & Jody Johnson ~ 2008 James & Gwendolyn Swenson (none in 2009) ~2010 Arlen & Alice Burnside ~ 2011 Steve and Lisa Sontag ~ 2012 Roger & Linda Blazek ~ 2013 Al & Judy Olson ~ 2014 Petersen Farms ~ 2015 Osland Family ~ 2016 Eichten Family Farm ~ 2017 Crazy Boy Farm Amy & Proeun Doeun ~ 2018 John Sandberg, Carl Sandberg and Dale & Ann Sandberg ~2019 Irvin & Lorie Stolp