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Families and growers from all of Minnesota’s 87 counties will be honored at the University of Minnesota 2023 Farm Family of the Year ceremony. The ceremony begins at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 3, at the annual Minnesota Farmfest on the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls

This is the first time in recent memory that every county has selected agricultural leaders for this recognition. KLGR-area farm families include:

Brown County: Loran and Heidi Sellner and Family
Chippewa County: Macziewski Farms
Cottonwood County: Klassen Family
Kandiyohi County: Larson Family – MNyou Youth Garden
Lac qui Parle County: Jerry and Hollie Thompson family
Lyon County: Bossuyt Family
McLeod County: Loncorich Family Farms LLC
Redwood County: Kerkhoff Cattle Company
Renville County: Philip and Robin Smith
Watonwan County: Steinle Farms
Yellow Medicine County: Rangaard Family

The families will be recognized in a ceremony beginning at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 3, at the annual Minnesota Farmfest on the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls. The event is in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center on the estate grounds.

Those honored cover a wide spectrum of farming, from traditional crops and livestock to community-based ventures focused on organics and traditional native foods. They were chosen by county-based local University of Minnesota Extension committees based on their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture.