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Jeff and Lisa LaCanne recognized as 2019 ‘U of M Farm Family’
Claire LaCanne, Agricultural Extension Educator for Rice and Steele Counties
Faribault, MN. (6/12/2019) — The Jeff and Lisa LaCanne family has been named Rice County’s “2019 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.
Jeff and Lisa started farming in 1986. In 1990, they purchased the home farm near Faribault, which consisted of 120 acres of corn and soybean and a few beef steers. Since then, the family has consistently made upgrades to the farm site and equipment as possible.
Their additions have built up the operation considerably, and they now run about 1,000 crop acres and a 50 head cow-calf operation with a finishing lot. They have been implementing rotational grazing with the cattle and have recently began grazing the cattle on corn stubble, leaving plenty of residue as a conservation practice. They also have plans to implement and graze the herd on cover crops this year.
The LaCannes stay busy on the farm, as well as off-farm. Jeff is the primary crops and livestock producer and Lisa manages the business side including recordkeeping and accounting. Lisa is also in charge of the young stock and works off the farm as well. Sons Nick and Alec contribute to the farm by planting and harvesting crops and helping out with livestock chores. They are both pursuing agriculture-related careers; Nick is a farm diesel mechanic and Alec is working toward a degree in agriculture production at South Central College.
The members of the LaCanne family have long been involved in their community and they value giving back. Jeff has worked on fire and EMT rescue at the Faribault Fire Department for over 30 years, where he helped begin the Farm Rescue training program in the early 1990’s. He continues to help develop the farm rescue program, and he has been instrumental in getting funds for farm rescue equipment, most notably a grain rescue tube. He has conducted demonstrations and outreach about using the grain rescue tube throughout Southern Minnesota. The grain rescue tube was utilized this past summer 2018 when Jeff was the first responder to a neighbor’s farm where a young man was stuck in the grain bin. Jeff began the rescue, and after the Faribault Fire Department’s grain rescue tube arrived, the rescue ended in success. Jeff has also served on the Wells Township board for over 15 years and is the current chairperson. Jeff served as a board member for a local insurance company for 10 years, too. Jeff and Lisa are both active members at their church.
Families were selected as Farm Family of the Year by their local county Extension committees for demonstrating commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and agricultural production. “These farm families 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 farm families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.”
At the local level, the LaCannes will be honored during the Best of the Best Breakfast ceremony on Wednesday, July 17th at the Rice County Fair. The LaCannes will also be recognized during the state-wide Farm Family of the Year recognition ceremony at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, August 8th at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls. Profiles of the 2019 honorees and information on the recognition event will soon be posted on the University’s farm family website, http://mnfarmfamilies.cfans.umn.edu/.
Farmfest runs August 6th to 8th at the Gilfillan Estate, near Redwood Falls, MN. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Along with Farmfest, University units sponsoring the recognition event include University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Agricultural Extension Educator
Rice and Steele Counties
University of Minnesota Extension
Rice County: (507) 332-6165
Steele County: (507) 444-7691
Cell phone: (507) 330-0447