Minnesota Farm Families of 2020 are being honored virtually this year, celebrated in an online video tribute led by University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel and available 1 p.m. Thursday, August 6. A U of M Extension Committee chooses one family per county based on their commitment to their communities and for enhancing and supporting agriculture. KMRS will be spotlighting a few of this year’s honorees this week.
The Stevens County Farm Family of 2020 is the Wehking Family. Virgil and Susie purchased their farm south of Morris in western Minnesota in 1970. They initially ran a cow-calf operation and raised cattle, hogs and grain. In 1991, the couple’s son, Brian, began farming full time with his dad. In the 1990s, the Wehkings quit their hog business and raised chickens for 11 years.
In 2004, Brian and his wife, DeAnn, moved to the farm where they raised their five children: Aaron, Jared, Mitchell, Katelyn and Ashley. The Wehkings continue to run the family’s cow-calf business, as well as finish feeder cattle. They grow corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. In 2017, the Wehkings’ youngest sons, Jared and Mitchell, started farming. The following year the boys were able to farm organically and raise organic corn, soybeans and wheat and have since added dry edible bean production. Jared and Mitchell also run their own trucking company, Muddy Creek Enterprises, where the brothers use a live bottom trailer to haul feed products for themselves and local farmers.
The Wehkings believe the existence and success of their farming operation would not have been possible without the generous support of family, friends and neighbors.