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Stones recognized as 2010 'U of M' farm family

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

The Stone family of Henning has been named Otter Tail County's "2010 Farm Family of the Year" by the University of Minnesota.

Bruce and Arleen Stone are the third generation on Stone Dairy. Bert and Ethel Stone and William and Marcella Stone are previous generations on the farm.

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Bruce and Arleen took over the farm in 1984, ten years after they and William and Marcella formed a family corporation. Since taking over the farm, Bruce and Arleen have built a 200-cow free stall barn with a parlor.

The current operation milks 450 cows in a double parallel parlor, milking 3 times a day with a rolling herd average of 26,000 lbs. They also farm 850 acres. Crops they grow include corn and alfalfa, 350 acres of which are irrigated.

The family is active in the CSP program with some delayed haying, planted shrubs, and some wet lands. They are also a Five Star Dairy through MN Milk Producers Association Quality Assurance program.

The Stone's have 4 children, all of which are married. Son Ryan and wife Sara help Bruce and Arleen in the farming operation and managing of the diary.

The family is also active in the community. Arleen has been in involved with church and with the township board. Bruce has been active in the ADA, county DHIA, and Pro Ag Coop. He is also active with the MN Milk Producers Association Board.

The Stones are one of 73 farm families from around the state, one from each participating county, being honored by the University this year.

The families will be officially recognized in a ceremony Thursday, Aug. 5 at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minn. Profiles of the 2010 honorees and information on the recognition event can be found on the University's farm family website, http://mnfarmfamilies.cfans.umn.edu/.

Families receiving honors were selected by their local county Extension committees and have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and agriculture production.

"Almost all Minnesota farms are family farms," said Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension. "These farm families are a major driver of Minnesota's economy and the vitality of Minnesota's rural communities. The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these farm families for their contribution to agriculture and their communities."

Along with Farmfest, University units sponsoring the recognition event include University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Farmfest runs Aug. 3-5 at the Gilfillan Estate, near Redwood Falls, Minn. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 5.

Admission is $10 per person and those 18 and under will be admitted free. More information on Farmfest is available at www.farmshows.com/ffst.

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