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 has been spotlighting a few of the honorees this week.
The Lac qui Parle County Farm Family of 2020 is Enger Farms.
Carl Enger began farming in Garfield Township over 100 years ago in western Minnesota’s Lac qui Parle County. His son, Clarence, purchased the family’s current home place in 1952. Clarence’s sons, Wayne and Ron, along with their wives, Amy and Mary, now run Enger Farms. Wayne’s son Stephen joined the operation in 2011. Stephen is engaged to Andrea Lee.
The Enger family farms about 2,000 acres, raising corn and soybeans. Stephen runs a cow-calf operation as well. The Engers implement a wide array of new technologies in farming including variable rate seeding, fertilization and pesticide application. The family relies on crop and marketing consultants for developing best management strategies. Land stewardship is a top priority for the Engers.
All family members have served on a variety of local boards and have been involved with local organizations that promote agriculture and rural communities.
Stephen is a member of the Lac qui Parle Valley School Board and is a member of the American-International Charolais Association. Wayne serves on the South Dakota Soybean Processors Board of Managers and Ron is a member of the Lac qui Parle County Resource Commission and the Lac qui Parle Board of Adjustment.