Farm Horizons, December 2019

Forsman farm honored

The Wright Soil and Water Conservation District recently named Forsman Farms in Wright County, Outstanding Conservationists for 2019.

David and Peter Forsman, of Forsman Farms, are fourth-generation Wright County farmers.

With 3.1 million laying hens and farming 1,000 acres in Minnesota and Iowa, Forsmans have come a long way from the original 1918 farm that their great-grandfather, Albert, bought between Howard Lake and Cokato.

In the 1950s, Grandpa Norman Forsman built the first egg production cage system in the state.

In the 1970s, Gary, father of David and Peter, bought the farm and increased the capacity from 10,000 to 60,000 hens.

Innovation has always been a part of the Forsmans’ operation. Since 2010, nearly all manure has been dried and pelletized, significantly reducing emissions.

Waste on the Forsmans’ farms has value, and current goals will improve this system even further in the future.

The Forsmans’ goal is building a system “above-and-beyond” current regulations, to ensure compliance and sustainability for decades.

Last year, a 50-acre wetland bank was constructed on marginal farmland that benefits water quality and capacity of Joint Ditch #15.

Conservation has always been a focus for the Forsmans.

“We all enjoy our lakes, it just makes sense to reduce erosion and help water quality,” explained David Forsman.

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