The Minnesota Milk Producers Association 2020 Producer of the Year is Spadgenske Dairy, Menahga, Minn.
The Spadgenske Farm includes twin brother Mike and Mark Spadgenske, and Mark’s wife Kristine.
The honor will be formally bestowed on Dec. 2, during the Minnesota Milk virtual annual meeting.
“The Spadgenske family exemplifies the resiliency we’ve been seeing in Minnesota dairies. They manage their risk well, focus on their strengths and thoroughly evaluate big decisions amongst other possibilities,” said Lucas Sjostrom, executive director of Minnesota Milk.
“By being diversified and involved in their community, they’re a great example of Minnesota dairy farming in 2020.”
Spadgenske Dairy was established in 1994 and today, milk 350 cows and farm 1,400 acres of crops.
“Learning from the successes and failures of the past and building for the future is the motto of everyday life on the farm,” said Kristine Spadgenske. “We are not afraid to think outside the box and are willing to try something new.”
As recipient of the Producer of the Year, the family receives a scholarship toward educational programming and a framed and matted art print.