Farmer Friday

A Weekly Feature To Thank Our Farming Community

Past Featured Farms

    Kolbach Farms LLC
    Kolbach Farms LLC
    Nov 19, 2018 | Country Visions
    Marvin Kolbach has farmed basically all of his life. He started at 4 years old driving tractor and ‘got the bug.’ He grew up as the son of a farmer and remembers how farming was done in the 70s. They used a 4-row corn planter, bags of fertilizer and averaged 100 acres in 23...
    Philip and Karen DuWell
    Philip and Karen DuWell
    Nov 12, 2018 | Country Visions
    A gene is a segment of DNA that is passed down from parents to children and gives a trait to the offspring. We are not sure if it’s been identified yet, but the way Philip DuWell sees it, there must be a farming gene. “I have always said it’s got to be in your DNA,” he stated....
    Stuart Muche
    Stuart Muche
    Nov 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    A garden. That is where it started for Stuart Muche. His grandfather did a lot of gardening and he enjoyed working with him as a very young child. Stuart started working at a garden center in grade school and continued into his high school years.
    John Ruedinger of Ruedinger Farms, Inc.
    John Ruedinger of Ruedinger Farms, Inc.
    Nov 02, 2018 | Country Visions
    “You work your way through the hard times.” That is the advice from John Ruedinger of Ruedinger Farms, Inc. in Van Dyne, Wisconsin. “Agriculture can be pretty good to people, if you do it right,” he said. “You can’t do it alone though, it takes a team. Family, key employees...
    Kumrow Family Farm
    Kumrow Family Farm
    Oct 29, 2018 | Country Visions
    Jerry Kumrow and his wife, Cheri, are the first generation of their family to farm at their location in Adell, Wisconsin. It started with the purchase of a building and just 5 acres of land. That was back in 1980 and Kumrow Family Farms has increased from that modest beginning...
    Hillrise Farms
    Hillrise Farms
    Oct 29, 2018 | Country Visions
    At the age of 18, Ryan Theusch took all the money he had been saving, bought a baler and started doing custom baling. He had always liked farming and as he was growing up on a farm that had been in his family since 1854, it seemed like the right thing to do to get started in...
    Cedar Lawn Farm
    Cedar Lawn Farm
    Oct 22, 2018 | Country Visions
    George, Kathy, and Peter Muth operate Cedar Lawn Farm in West Bend, Wisconsin. George is optimistic, fueled by the reward of working together with his son and watching the next generation grow in their abilities. “I was in high school, my dad wasn’t healthy, so I milked and...
    Borski Family
    Borski Family
    Oct 15, 2018 | Country Visions
    “Here, we are family,” Jerry Borski said describing life in the rural community of Van Dyne, Wisconsin. “A close-knit group, where we pull together when the community needs something.” This is home for Jerry Borski and his family. Jerry and his wife, Jenna, have two children. ...
    Ledgerock Distillery
    Ledgerock Distillery
    Oct 08, 2018 | Country Visions
    Everything Jay Retzer has done has revolved around agriculture. “I love everything ag,” he said. He went to UW-River Falls and got an agronomy degree. He was an agronomist at the Co-op (Agri-land at the time) for 11 years. He currently has a full-time job as an Ag Lender with...
    Witte's Vegetable Farm LLC
    Witte's Vegetable Farm LLC
    Oct 01, 2018 | Country Visions
    Witte’s Vegetable Farm LLC in Cedarburg, Wisconsin is a family business. “My family,” stated Scott Witte. He hadn’t realized how much that meant to him until his sophomore year of college attending UW-River Falls. “I didn’t even know that I was going to come back,” he said...
    Prairie Dairy Inc
    Prairie Dairy Inc
    Sep 24, 2018 | Country Visions
    “You better keep that farm going!” Jason Smith remembers what his Grandpa said on the day he died. Those words come to mind when he looks at their farm. A farming operation that has been in his family for 5 generations now and will be 120 years old this year. Jason is...
    Sundance Farm
    Sundance Farm
    Sep 17, 2018 | Country Visions
    Many little girls have dreams of owning a horse someday, but in the case of Kelly Mahloch, she was very serious about her plans for her future. When she was about 12 years old, Kelly decided she was going to be a horse trainer and riding instructor.
    Kevin and Joyce Gierach
    Kevin and Joyce Gierach
    Sep 12, 2018 | Country Visions
    Kevin Gierach graduated in 1975 with aspirations of being a farmer. “I didn’t want to do anything else,” he said. “Farming was good back then. Prices were good and it was an attractive career choice.”
    Noka Acres
    Noka Acres
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    Norbert Hoerth used to have a full-time job and farmed on the side. He didn’t have a whole lot of time for other hobbies. Now he is retired and enjoys spending time with his wife, Kathy, watching their granddaughters in their sports, but there is also his first love… farming!
    Shamdale Farm LLC
    Shamdale Farm LLC
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    Larry and Elise Shambeau feel very fortunate that they were able to raise their children on a farm. "It has been a good life for us," Larry said. They have enjoyed the benefits of spending time together while also developing a strong work ethic in their children. Larry is the...
    Phil-Mar-Ru Farms
    Phil-Mar-Ru Farms
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    “Your experiences of your childhood help you gather direction for your future.” That is the idea at Phil-Mar-Ru Farms in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where they are encouraging the future of agriculture by helping kids get farming experience.
    Winkel Highland Dairy
    Winkel Highland Dairy
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    “In one word? Incredible! Working with our family throughout our whole lives has been an incredible experience,” according to Matt Winkel. Matt is the 4th generation of the Winkel family to find his passion in agriculture.
    TMH Cattle
    TMH Cattle
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    Farming is a family tradition for Tim Horsch, but he is the first generation of his family to focus their operation on raising beef cattle. TMH Cattle is located in the small rural community of Marytown, Wisconsin. The beef cattle operation involves both show genetics and...
    Hinz Farms
    Hinz Farms
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    The perfect combination of STRENGTH, BEAUTY and GRACE are how some would describe a Percheron draft horse even though these horses are huge, easily weighing 2,200 – 2,300 lbs. The words also have special meaning for Kelvin & Jackie Hinz who raise these gentle giants as the...
    Miritz Custom Chopping
    Miritz Custom Chopping
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    “Around here neighbors go out of their way to help neighbors,” commented 4th generation farmer, Joe Miritz. “I am humbled on a regular basis when I see people come together to help someone that is behind or down.” He feels that farmers are eternal optimists, believing that it...
    Saxon Homestead
    Saxon Homestead
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    Visiting Saxon Homestead Farm includes an opportunity to enjoy some of the history behind the operation. It has been in the hands of the Klessig family since 1850 when their ancestors came to the area from north Germany.
    Immel Grain Farms
    Immel Grain Farms
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    It was Kevin Immel’s childhood dream to be a farmer. He loved to watch the crops grow. Now he lives his dream every day, while working the land, planting the seeds, and watching the crops grow on the many acres farmed by Immel Grain Farms in Fond du lac, Wisconsin.
    Jerry Grotenhuis
    Jerry Grotenhuis
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    “I love the smell of the earth in the spring!” That is a statement by a man who was destined to become a farmer, but Jerry Grotenhuis didn’t follow a traditional path to become one.
    Loehr Farms, LLC
    Loehr Farms, LLC
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    He was born into a farming family. He was raised on a farm all of his life and loved it. He didn’t see a reason to do anything else. He is Ron Loehr and he is a Farmer!
    Albright Farms
    Albright Farms
    Sep 05, 2018 | Country Visions
    Albright Farms of Ripon, Wisconsin is a Cash Grain operation located in Green Lake County. The home farm has been in the family for over 140 years and is currently in the hands of Dave Albright.
    Essential Dairy
    Essential Dairy
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    At Essential Dairy in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, owners Dave and Heather Lettow recognize the important role they play as members of the agriculture community. They want to be good stewards of the land, preserve it for generations to come and provide quality food for people.
    Lindenwood Farms, Inc.
    Lindenwood Farms, Inc.
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    Randy Pipkorn is inspired by watching their family farm grow and change from what it was years ago into what it is today. The Pipkorn’s farm is located in Mequon, Wisconsin. Randy was born here and has lived here all of his life.
    Pollack-Vu Dairy, LLC
    Pollack-Vu Dairy, LLC
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    Chris Pollack values his parent’s advice. Yep, that’s right kids, he values his parent’s advice! Chris, his wife, Kelly, and parents, Larry and Deb, are the owners of Pollack-Vu Dairy, LLC located near Ripon, Wisconsin. He said, “having family that has many years of...
    Fink Farms, LLC
    Fink Farms, LLC
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    Rick Fink made up his mind in high school that he was going to go to college and be a teacher. After graduation, he left the family farm in Mayville, WI and set his plan in motion. “I left for college for 5 years to become a teacher,” Rick said. “I taught for one year and...
    Woldt Farms, LLC
    Woldt Farms, LLC
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    Why Agriculture? “We all need it to survive,” Daryl Woldt responded. He also appreciates the tradition and lifestyle of being a farming family, but it comes down to food being a necessity and the growing demand for it worldwide.
    Teunissen Custom Heifers, LLC
    Teunissen Custom Heifers, LLC
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    It is the accomplishment at the end of the day and the results at the end of the season that Dan Teunissen looks forward to at Teunissen Custom Heifers, LLC in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin. “You can look back and see what you have done. See where you are today. Did we reach our goal...
    Paulus Dairy, LLC
    Paulus Dairy, LLC
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    Paulus Dairy, LLC is a Holstein Dairy Farm in Fredonia, Wisconsin operated by Mike and Lori Paulus. Mike has been farming all of his life and has enjoyed the challenges and rewards it involves. “It is a great place to raise a family. We love to get our grandchildren here, it...
    Crailoo Dairy, LLC
    Crailoo Dairy, LLC
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    Tom Byl has been farming all of his life. A common statement for many of today’s farmers who live in Wisconsin, but this story has a slight twist. This farming story starts with a young farmer growing up in Holland. Yes, Holland, as in the country of the Netherlands.
    Thull Farms, LLC
    Thull Farms, LLC
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    “I always looked at being a farmer as a job that could give a family stability and a great way to raise kids,” Randy Thull said. “I wanted to be able to continue to do that!” Randy, along with his dad, Ralph are owners of Thull Farms, LLC, a Dairy and Beef operation in the...
    Sterling Stock Farm, Inc
    Sterling Stock Farm, Inc
    Sep 04, 2018 | Country Visions
    The Kindschuh family have been farming since the 1920s on the same land in Brownsville, WI. Dave Kindschuh has never moved. He went from sleeping upstairs in his parent’s home to downstairs as it became his home. He never changed his address or phone number.
    Schraufnagel Farms, LLC
    Schraufnagel Farms, LLC
    Aug 31, 2018 | Country Visions
    Dull, repetitive, lack of variety are NOT words used to describe life on a farm and that is why Aaron Schraufnagel knew that it was the perfect job for him. He and his wife, Jeana, are co-owners in Schraufnagel Farms LLC, with Aaron’s parents, Andy and Bonnie and Aaron’s...
    Roden Echo Valley, LLC
    Roden Echo Valley, LLC
    Aug 31, 2018 | Country Visions
    Combine family tradition and passion, with an overall enthusiasm for agriculture and you will begin to see how Roden Echo Valley, LLC was formed. Bob and Cindy Roden established their farm in the Town of Trenton with hopes that the next generation of their family would want to...
    Mark and Maxine Hahn
    Mark and Maxine Hahn
    Aug 31, 2018 | Country Visions
    Mark & Maxine Hahn are 3rd generation Dairy Farmers from Campbellsport, Wisconsin. Mark grew up here in this Fond du Lac County community. He went to work in a factory for a while and was in the army for a while, but the entire time he knew he wanted to be farming.
    Melichar Broad Acres, LLC
    Melichar Broad Acres, LLC
    Aug 30, 2018 | Country Visions
    Melichar Broad Acres, LLC is a Dairy Farm in Port Washington, WI. “It was my Grandpa Charlie that came up with the name back in 1937 when he and Grandma Lola purchased it,” according to Jim Melichar.
    Liner Dairy, LLC
    Liner Dairy, LLC
    Aug 30, 2018 | Country Visions
    “Working with family can have its ups and downs,” according to Mike Liner, “but you are able to rely on each other to get the work done. There is always someone to take care of everything you need.” Mike is one of the members of Liner Dairy, LLC.
    Century Acres, Inc.
    Century Acres, Inc.
    Aug 30, 2018 | Country Visions
    “It is much easier to do something you want to do versus what you have to do,” according to David Brunnquell. “That is why it has always been easy for me to be in agriculture.”
    East Branch Dairy Farm
    East Branch Dairy Farm
    May 09, 2018 | Country Visions
    As the owners of Schmitz East Branch Dairy in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Dave and Mary Schmitz try to take a proactive approach when it comes to educating consumers about the agriculture industry. Being located close to town has many conveniences, but it can also bring some...
    Byron and Sharon Gessner
    Byron and Sharon Gessner
    May 09, 2018 | Country Visions
    Byron and Sharon Gessner have been working side-by-side for over 42 years. The couple operate Walnut Meadow Farms in the Town of Scott which is on the southwest edge of Sheboygan County.
    Steve Schleis
    Steve Schleis
    Apr 12, 2018 | Country Visions
    When Steve Schleis was growing up his family was involved in agriculture and it has always been what he wanted to do. “I worked in construction part-time for 10 years,” Steve said, “but it wasn’t like working on the farm.”
    Michels Farm, LLC
    Michels Farm, LLC
    Apr 12, 2018 | Country Visions
    You may recognize this family as the hosts of the 2015 Fond du Lac Area Breakfast on the Farm. This is Dan and Brenda Michels and their family of Michels Farms, LLC in Lomira, WI.
    Irish Acres, LLC.
    Irish Acres, LLC.
    Apr 12, 2018 | Country Visions
    Brent Sinkula is the operator of Irish Acres, LLC in Two Rivers, Wisconsin which is a Manitowoc County community. Living a half mile off Lake Michigan has made things interesting for this dairy farmer.
    Liner Dairy, LLC
    Liner Dairy, LLC
    Apr 12, 2018 | Country Visions
    “Working with family can have its ups and downs,” according to Mike Liner, “but you are able to rely on each other to get the work done. There is always someone to take care of everything you need.”
    Schraufnagel Farms
    Schraufnagel Farms
    Apr 12, 2018 | Country Visions
    Leo and Roseann Schraufnagel have a Cash Grain Operation in Lomira, Wisconsin, which is in Dodge County. Their family farm has been passed down for four generations and was originally operated as a dairy.
    Averbeck Custom
    Averbeck Custom
    Apr 12, 2018 | Country Visions
    A good start to any conversation is to talk about the weather. When you are talking to a farmer, that common conversation is viewed from a different perspective. Adam and Tammy Averbeck have a Custom Farming operation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where most everything they do...
    Zentner Acres, INC.
    Zentner Acres, INC.
    Mar 30, 2018 | Country Visions
    Roger Zentner grew up involved with agriculture. He was born and raised on the family farm. Even when he worked away from it, he still came home to help on the farm. That upbringing set him in the direction to take over the family operation.
    A-B Lane Holsteins
    A-B Lane Holsteins
    Mar 30, 2018 | Country Visions
    The FFA organization is something that is extra special for the owners of A-B-Lane Holsteins located in Plymouth, WI. Todd and Kara Abraham and their kids, Jared and Macie, operate this dairy farm along with Todd’s parents, Terry and Janice. You probably don’t find ‘meet your...
    Clay Valley Dairy
    Clay Valley Dairy
    Mar 20, 2018 | Country Visions
    At Clay Valley Dairy Farm in Mishicot, Wisconsin, every member of the family pitches in to get the work done. As the 3rd generation on this dairy farm in Manitowoc County, Mark Rahmlow and his wife, Judy, say it’s fun to work together with your family.

About Farmer Friday

Farmer Friday is a weekly feature posted on our facebook and website. To show our appreciation to our producer members, Country Visions Cooperative will be giving a snapshot look of our customers and their operations.