Farm Horizons, May 1999

Wright County names farm family of the year

The University of Minnesota held its annual Farm Family Recognition Program March 18 at the Radisson Hotel Metrodome, located by the University's Minneapolis campus.

This annual salute to Minnesota agriculture is sponsored by the University's College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and the University of Minnesota Extension Service. The program salutes outstanding farm couples, families and individuals from across the state for their contributions to both agriculture and their communities.

Honorees are nominated for the award by local county extension staff and agricultural leaders. This year, the 19th year of the program, 77 families and individuals representing 62 counties were recognized by the university, including 10 honorees for contributions to new initiatives in agriculture.

Daniel and Mary Jo Pribyl of rural Maple Lake were recognized as Wright County's honorees at this event.

The Pribyls run a 600-acre diversified farm. They milk 60 head of Holstein cows, market about 100 steers, and finish up to 2,000 hogs per year. They plant approximately 300 acres of corn and 150 acres of soybeans for cash, and about 80 acres each of silage corn and alfalfa for feed to their livestock.

Daniel and Mary Jo have four children - Carrie, 20; Greg, 18; Carl, 14; and Lee, 11. All help with farm work.

Daniel is on the board of directors for Lake Region Co-op and Western Co-op Transport. He is heavily involved with the goal of enabling smaller local farmers to compete successfully with the increasingly common larger farms.

Mary Jo volunteers for an area elementary school.

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