Farm Horizons, Oct. 2017

McLeod Co. farm family of the year

The Thalmann family of Plato was recently named the 2017 McLeod County Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

Thalmann Seeds has been a family farm since 1877. For the first 90 years, the farm raised crops and livestock. The livestock was discontinued, and crop acres were expanded in the early 1970s. In the ‘70s, the Thalmanns also began a certified seed-cleaning business.

Brian operates Thalmann Seeds together with his father, Randall, and his son, Adam. They produce commercial corn and soybean seed on 2,000 acres and have a seed conditioning facility. Thalmann Seeds cleans and packages soybean seed for Stine Seed Company, and other grains for seed and food uses.

Brian and Karen have three children: Eric, a recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas; Adam, who will be a senior at Glencoe-Silver Lake High School this fall; and Emily, who will be a junior at GSL.

Brian is a graduate (Class V) of the MARL program. He is treasurer of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, a member of the National Corn Growers Ethanol Action Team, and sits on the Heartland Corn Products and McLeod County Corn and Soybean Growers boards. He is also president of GSL FFA Ag Promoters.

Karen is an elementary school teacher, a GSL Booster Club board member, a 4-H club and county leader, and served on the county dairy princess committee for many years. All their children have been in leadership roles in 4-H and FFA. All members of the family attend St. Pius X Church in Glencoe.

The family was officially recognized in a ceremony Aug. 3 at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls.

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,” stated 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.”

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