This week, we continue to present some others in our area being honored as Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.
John and Joanne Reed moved to Pope County in 1976 to manage a purebred Angus herd. In 1980, the couple purchased 320 acres to start their own operation, Bar J Ranch, which is currently home to a herd of 270 Angus and Aberdeen cattle and 1,000 acres of owned and rented land. The first Aberdeen cattle in the U.S. were born on the Reeds’ ranch in 1997. John is a past member of the Minnesota Jaycees, served as a 4-H leader, county fair livestock superintendent, longtime county fair 4-H auctioneer and has devoted much time to the Angus and Aberdeen cattle breed associations. In 2017, John was inducted into the Minnesota Livestock Breeder Association Hall of Fame. Joanne worked in public schools for 36 years. She worked for the Belgrade-Elrosa Schools as a speech pathologist, community education director and special education coordinator.
The farm families, one from each county, will be recognized in ceremonies beginning 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9 at the annual Minnesota Farmfest on the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls.