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Gorentz Dairy named Otter Tail County’s Farm Family of the Year

Gorentz Dairy, of Dent, has been honored by the University of Minnesota as the 2014 Farm Family of the Year in Otter Tail County.

Gorentz Dairy is a fifth generation family farm that has been in the family since 1911. 

Steve Gorentz and his father, Edward, farmed together until 1982, when Steve married Annette and the couple took over full time, along with their four children: Jonathan, Joel, Nathan and Andrew.  In 2008, Jon Gorentz and his wife, Karen, joined the family operation with their 17 head of Jersey cows. 

Today, Gorentz Dairy has 180 dairy cows and 18 natural Angus beef cows. In addition to the livestock, they run more than 1,000 acres of cropland, growing alfalfa, corn, soybeans and oats.

Gorentz Dairy employs one full time and two part time employees, in addition to the family members. Jon and Karen have two children who will someday be helpers on the farm: Jaden, age 4, and Kaylin, 7 months.

The Gorentz family is active with 4-H and FFA. In addition, Steve has been involved with the Heart of the Lakes Barbershop Group, Annette has been active with Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and Sunday school, and Jon has been treasurer of West Central Holstein Club, a church trustee, and a substitute Ag teacher.

Jon’s wife, Karen, has been a volunteer for Ag-in-the-classroom, and involved with the East Otter Tail Ag Society, East Otter Tail Open Class Dairy, and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Steve’s sister, Karen, is also active with the  missionary league, as well as at St. Paul’s Lutheran church and school in Perham.

The University of Minnesota’s Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for over two decades and honors farm families from throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. All of the honored farm families have made significant contributions to Minnesota agriculture and their communities.

The formal 2014 Farm Family Recognition Program will take place on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 1:30 p.m. during Minnesota Farmfest in Morgan, Minn.