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Rice 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."

Twin Oaks Farms - 2014 Rice County Farm Family of the Year

Mike Peterson and his family is the third generation to farm Twin Oaks Farm located near Northfield, MN.  Prior to Mike and Kay’s ownership, the farm was operated by Mike’s grandfather Casper Peterson and his parents Don and Margaret Peterson.  Today the Petersons grow corn, beans, and alfalfa on their farm of 650 acres of owned and rented land. They also finish 1200 hogs a year.  In addition to the agriculture aspect of their family, the Petersons have both a welding shop on the farm and a golf driving range that is open from April to October.  Mike and Kay have two sons; Shane and Blake.  Shane helps Mike with the day-to-day operations of the farm, and Blake helps where he can.  Kay manages the driving range and does all of the bookkeeping.

In the community, Mike is an alumnus to Randolph FFA.  He is also the Rice County Farmers Union President and a member of Rice County Corn and Soybean Growers Associations and  Rice County Pork Producers.  Shane is involved with the Randolph FFA, 4-H, and works in the Pork Booth during the Rice County Fair.


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