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University recognizes the Lunds as Farm Family of the Year 2013

Larry and Mary Kay Lund of Douglas County will be honored as a 2013 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota at a ceremony on August 8. Their farm was originally bought from Larry's grandfather in the 1950s. (Contributed photo)

This year, Larry and Mary Kay Lund from Douglas County, along with 74 other families from throughout Minnesota, will be honored as a 2013 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

The Lund farm was bought in the 1950s from Larry's grandfather Willy. In 1965, Larry's parents, Eldred and Marlene, moved a house onto the property and built a dairy barn. There they raised Larry and his five sisters.

Larry and Mary Kay were married in 1986. In 1992, they bought the farm from Larry's parents and have lived on the farm ever since. They raised five children on the farm: Maria, William, Michael, Nathan and Michelle.

Today, Larry, Mary Kay and their son William milk 42 cows, feed out steers and farm about 700 acres. Mary Kay also raises 1,000 butcher chickens and 75 laying hens every year and sells some locally and some at the farmers market. Larry has 120 ewes that he lambs and feeds out for market.

In the community, Larry is a director at Gardonville Telephone Company, council member at St. Ann's Catholic Church and past board member of the Douglas County American Dairy Association.

The families will be recognized in ceremonies on Thursday, August 8 at the annual Minnesota Farmfest near Redwood Falls.

Local Extension committees chose the families for demonstrating commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture. The families represent each county participating in the program.

"Farm families and agriculture are a major driver of Minnesota's economy and the vitality of Minnesota's rural communities," said Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension. "The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these outstanding families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities."

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