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Meeker County Farm Family of the Year announced

Representing agricultural achievement in diverse farming operations, 74 families from throughout Minnesota are being honored as a 2014 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

The farm families will be recognized in ceremonies beginning at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7, 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.

The farm families represent each county participating in the program. They were chosen by local University of Minnesota Extension committees based on their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture.

"The farm families receiving this year's honors exemplify what makes Minnesota agriculture strong. They bring innovation, science and hard work to farming. They care greatly about the land and animals and delivering quality products to consumers worldwide," said Bev Durgan, dean of Extension. "The University of Minnesota takes great pride in honoring these families."

Tony and Patti Fisher Family – Meeker County Farm Family of the Year

The Fisher Family Farm, located near Watkins, was homesteaded in 1876 by Tony’s great-great grandfather Peter Pennertz.  Peter sold the farm to his son Henry in1929, and Dick and Jane purchased the farm from Henry in 1961.  Tony began farming with Dick and Jane in 1985 and has farmed with them ever since.  Today the Fishers milk 65 cows.  They raise all of their own young stock and feed out the bull calves.  In addition to the livestock, they grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and wheat.  On the farm, Tony takes care of the dairy operation and assists with the field work.  Dick cares for the calves and assists with the field work.  Tony and Patti’s children; Kelsey, Nicole, and Andrew help with the feeding, milking, and field work.  Jane and Patti support their husbands with book work and other tasks where they can be of assistance.

The Fishers are involved in their church, 4-H, school sports, and with other school activities.  They can also be found volunteering at the Meeker County Fair in the ADA malt booth and 4-H Food Stand.

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