The Paul Kvistad family of Wood Lake has been named Yellow Medicine County’s “2012 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.
Paul Kvistad is a 4th generation farmer and a 2nd generation turkey grower. Paul and his wife Jamie have an operation that consists of 1200 acres of corn and soybeans. They also have 200,000 light hen turkeys that they finish out annually. Paul and Jamie run the whole farming operation with their young sons helping in the brooder barn and picking rocks.
Paul is the current President of the Echo Lions Club. He is also serving his ninth year as a director on the Farmers Coop Elevator Board. In addition, Paul is a member of the Yellow Medicine County Corn Growers Association. Together Paul and Jamie are members of the MN Turkey Growers Association, and Paul, Jamie, and Payton have all been turkey grower presenters at the Yellow Medicine County Ag in the Classroom.
The Kvistad family are one of 76 farm families from around the state, one from each participating county, being honored by the University this year. The families will be officially recognized in a ceremony Thursday, Aug. 9 at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minn. Profiles of the 2012 honorees and information on the recognition event can be found on the University’s farm family website, http://mnfarmfamilies.cfans.umn.edu.
Families receiving honors were selected by their local county Extension committees and have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and agriculture production.
These farm families are a major driver of Minnesota's economy and the vitality of Minnesota's rural communities,” said Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension.
“The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these farm families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.”
Recognition will be given at 9:00 AM on Saturday, July 28th just prior to the start of the 2012 Yellow Medicine 4-H Ribbon Auction at the YMC?Fair in Canby.
Along with Farmfest, University units sponsoring the recognition event include University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Farmfest runs Aug. 7-9 at the Gilfillan Estate, near Redwood Falls.
Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7 and 8, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 9. Admission is $10 per person, and those 18 and under are admitted free.
More information on Farmfest is available at www.ideaggroup.com/farmfest.