The Tony and Stacie Schuler family of Granite Falls has been named Chippewa County’s “2012 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.
Tony Schuler of Granite Falls is the 3rd generation Schuler to operate the “home farm” where his mother Dawn still lives. From a young age, Tony farmed and raised cattle and pigs alongside his father, Bill, until his father’s passing in 2002. Today, the Schulers run a cow-calf operation of Purebred Red Angus and commercial cattle and grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa. Tony is the primary operator of the family farm. Stacie does the farm’s financial books, record keeping, cattle registrations, and helps with other chores and tasks depending on the season. Tony and Stacie’s children Kyla, Alayna, and Stella have various responsibilities that are changing each year as they get older and are able to do more chores and farm work.
In the community, the family is involved in 4-H, MN and National Corn Growers, MN and National Red Angus Association, and various church committees. In addition, Tony is a township supervisor for the Granite Falls Township. Off the farm, Stacie works full-time as the CFO at the local ethanol plant. The girls attend Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg. As time allows, Tony enjoys tractor pulling with his JD4020.
The Schuler family is 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.”
Locally, Schulers will be presented with the Chippewa County Farm Family of the Year Award on Friday, August 3 at 2:30 p.m. during the Chippewa County Fair in Montevideo.
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, Minn. 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.