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Minnesota Pork Board's Environmental Stewards


Jeffrey and Benjamin Scholl of Trimont

Jeffrey and Benjamin Scholl fell privileged to utilize the latest innovations in agriculture to ensure their farm will be sustainable for generations to come. The Scholl's are the Minnesota Pork Board 2014 Environmental Stewards of the Year award recipients. "As farmers, we have a closer connection with the environment than most people," says Jeffrey, "it is our goal to make sure our farm is around for future generations."
Stone Lake Farms is a partnership between brothers, Jeffrey and Benjamin Scholl. Together they farm 3,500 acres of corn and soybeans. Their younger brother, Tyler, and their mother, Roxanne, also own land in the farming operation. Stone Lake Pork is their custom finishing operation and West Cedar Customs is their custom manure application business. More 


Paul and Stephanie Fiedler of Westport

The family members and employees of Fiedler Finishing, Crystal Lean and Country Pork are living up to the swine operation's mission: To provide excellent care of our swine while delivering an outstanding product for consumers while protecting the environment.
Paul and Stephanie Fiedler own and operate the pork production enterprise based near Westport, in Pope County and are this year's Minnesota Pork Board Environmental Stewards of the Year award recipients. Jared Anez of Anez Consulting nominated the Fiedlers because of their attention to the environmental management and desire for continuous improvement. More 


Wayne and Laura Dahl of DawsonWayne and Laura Dahl of Dawson

Looking to future generations, Laura and Wayne Dahl strive to leave as small of an nvironmental footprintas possible as they manage their 4,400 head nursery tofinish swine operation in rural Lac Qui Parle County near Dawson.

Their willingness to seek the advice, the forethought to try new technologies and the commitment to continuous improvement of the environment are among the reasons for the Dahl's selection as the 2012 Minnesota Pork Industry’s Environmental Stewards of the Year. More



Bruce Dankers of GoodhueBruce Dankers of Goodhue

Owner of Dankers Enterprise

Environmentally sound practices and manure application efficiencies work in harmony for Dankers Enterprises, the 2011 Minnesota Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award winner.

Bruce Dankers of Goodhue, Minn., is a certified custom applicator and the owner of Dankers Enterprises, which specializes in dairy and hog manure application and custom silage chopping. More



Duncanson Farms of MapletonPat and Krstin Duncanson
Karl and Jackie Duncanson

Duncanson Growers, Mapleton

The farming partnership of Pat and Kristin Duncanson and Karl and Jackie Duncanson derives itsenvironmental, livestock and cropping choices through research, study and analysis.

It’s a decision-making process that is anything but an insulated vacuum. In fact, the “D” in Duncanson could also stand for discussion, determination and darn good common sense. More



Monica and Brandon Schafer of Goodhue, Minn.Brandon and Monica Schafer

Schafer Farms, Goodhue

Schafer Farms balances cattle, pigs and pasture on the scenic rolling hills of southeastern Minnesota. Schafer Farms, Inc. is located only a dozen miles from the Mississippi River, and just a few miles farther from the National Eagle Sanctuary.

That's why, in these rolling hills of southeastern Minnesota, it's not that unusual to spot the bird that is recognized as our nation's symbol of freedom. More



Jim and JoAnn VeldKamp of Jasper, Minn.

Jim and JoAnn Veldkamp

Veldkamp Farms, Jasper

Back in 1983, Jim and JoAnn Veldkamp switched to a ridge-till system for growing their corn and soybean crops as a way to keep yields high while protecting soil and saving moisture.

When the Veldkamps became shareholders in the Pipestone System, a network of independent family farmers, they switched over to total confinement barns with deep-pit manure storage systems. With that change, they have found that side-dressing nutrients into the valleys of the ridged crops is a perfect fit for their southwest Minnesota farm. More


Minnesota Pork Board Environmental Steward Recipients

2007 through 1995

Mike Haupert of M & J Farms, Hadley

David, Brian and Bob Braun of Braun Farms, Le Sueur

Sandy and Ben Ludeman of Saratoga Pork, Tracy

Dan and Midge Boettger of Three Generation Pork, New Richland

Dr. Dick Nicolai and Sam Watkins of Nicolai Pork Producers, Inc., Hector

Scott and Shelley Schwartz of Schwartz Farms, Garvin

Peter and Paul Zimmerman, and Cliff Jes of Woodville Pork, Waseca

Don Lafferty of Tru-Joy Farms, New York Mills

Marlin and Wilda Pankratz of Mountain Lake

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