The Way We Live Award
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The Adams family of Waucoma will be recognized as one of six recipients of The Way We Live Award on Sunday, August 17, at 10:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farms Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.
The Adams Family Farm began operating in Waucoma following the Civil War. In 1989, after working alongside his father Jack for several years, Scott Adams and his wife, Jeanie, took over the operation full-time. In 2009, working with their oldest son, Nathan, and his wife, Annie, they formed Adaway Dairy, LLC. Nathan handles the dairy management with Annie and their two children, Kole and Luke. Today, the farm has more than 300 milking cows, replacement heifers, bull calves that are fed out, plus 800 tillable acres. The dairy, which was the first to have a DeLaval robotic milking system in the state of Iowa, has four Delaval robots.
Scott and Jeanie’s oldest daughters, Nicole, a University of Iowa graduate, and Jackie, a graduate of Iowa State University (ISU), often return to the farm to help out. Younger daughter Katie graduated from ISU with a degree in dairy science and is farming at home, and youngest son, Joey, currently studies dairy science at ISU and assists with the farm during the summer.
The Clemsen family of Brayton will be recognized as one of six recipients of The Way We Live Award on Tuesday, August 12, at 10:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farms Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.
Bryan and Shari Clemsen and their five boys, Dillon, 25, Aaron, 23, Emmet, 21, Garnner, 18, and Jarrid, 16, live on a farm that has been in their family for 59 years. Bryan took over the operation in 1976 from his grandfather. They currently own 1,700 acres of land, 1,500 of which are used to grow corn and soybeans. The rest is for hay and pasture. In addition, the family feeds out approximately 1,000 head of beef cattle and has 40 head of cows.
When they are not farming, the Clemsens take time for church, school, music and family meals. The tradition of eating meals together is one that the family sticks to, even if it means eating together in the field. The Clemsens like to perform music when they can, frequently at nursing homes or patriotic ceremonies. Often hosting children without farming backgrounds from their church or neighborhood, the family tries to educate their community on the importance of hard work and agriculture.
The Feldman family of Honey Creek will be recognized as one of six recipients of The Way We Live Award on Saturday, August 9, at 10:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farms Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.
Thomas and Janna Feldman, along with their children Matthew, 22, and Mia, 19, are owners of Doe’s and Diva’s Inc., a goat and sheep dairy. After moving from urban Omaha to western Iowa, the family purchased a goat to aid in Mia’s health-related digestion issues. Over time, more goats and sheep were added until they had an excess of milk. They found an outlet in cheese making, and Janna attended an artisan cheesemaking school in 2009. In 2012 they added sheep to the dairy, and today, their milking parlor is state-certified. The Doe’s and Diva’s Inc. cheese and soap store opened in June.
The milk from Doe’s and Diva’s does not contain any artificial growth hormones or antibiotics, and their goats and sheep are raised using natural herd management. On the Feldman’s 10-acre farm are also herbs, vegetables and fruit trees. The Feldmans create natural goat milk soap products that sell at local Hy-Vee stores, artisan studios, farmer’s markets and online. The family provides tours of their dairy and takes goats and lambs on the road to Omaha and local stores to demonstrate farm life.
The Grier family of Guernsey will be recognized as one of six recipients of The Way We Live Award on Saturday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farms Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.
Ron and Christine Grier and their son, Ryan, began their farming journey in 2005 when they decided to buy a farm and go back to their roots. Ryan had five goats for a 4-H project and those goats soon developed into a 77 Boer goat operation. The Griers also have three colonies of bees and grow corn, soybeans and hay on their 154 acres of land.
Both Ron and Christine have full-time jobs away from the farm. As a result, they keep the operation going with hard work and help from family members. Ryan, a computer science major at Iowa State University, often comes home to help out when needed. Ron is a former member of FFA and is currently the vice president of the Tall Corn Meat Goat Wether Association. Christine was in 4-H and has been a Sunday school teacher, a CASA volunteer and a Master Gardener. Both Ron and Christine are youth leaders as well as members of the American Boer Goat Association, the Iowa Meat Goat Association, the Iowa Honey Producers Association and the Farm Bureau.
The Randolph/Kruse family of Goose Lake will be recognized as one of six recipients of The Way We Live Award on Friday, August 8, at 10:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farms Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.
Seven generations of Kruse family members have lived and worked on the same plot of land, a Heritage Farm, in Goose Lake. The Kruse family farm operations were maintained by Leroy and Hannah Kruse until 1955 when they handed the reins to their son, Wally, and his wife, Joan. The two raised four daughters, Barb, Lynn, Kelly and Julie, on the original farm and continued living there until 2000 when they built a new home a short distance away. Today, farm operations are handled by Barb and her husband, Todd Randolph, their son, Daniel, his wife, Laurel and their four children, Brandon, Sean, Joana and a new baby. Daniel’s sisters, Jessica and Emily, also help out.
All of the family members are Farm Bureau members and many have participated in 4-H, FFA, church committees, the athletic club boosters, Lions Club, Clinton County Cattlemen’s Association and many other organizations. Todd farms 115 acres of corn, soybeans, hay and oats. Forty-five acres of Todd’s pasture are rented to his son Daniel for his 95 stock cows. Daniel farms more than 330 acres of corn, soybeans and hay.
Van Regenmorter Family
The Van Regenmorter family of Inwood will be recognized as one of six recipients of The Way We Live Award on Sunday, August 10, at 10:30 a.m. on the Christensen Farms Stage in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center.
Chad and Jody Van Regenmorter and their two daughters, Rebecca, 16, and Emily, 13, farm approximately 1,800 acres of corn, soybeans and oats, and manage a 160-sow farrow operation. The farm has been in their family for three generations beginning in the 1950s when Chad’s grandfather began raising poultry. Chad’s father and brother also work on the family farm or at the family-owned service station.
Active in their community, Chad and Jody have been members of Farm Bureau, the Corn Growers Association and the Pork Producers Association as well as several church groups. They have served in many leadership positions on numerous county and state boards and are active advocates of educational advancements of agriculture. When their daughters are away from the farm, Rebecca and Emily both attend West Lyon Community Schools and are active in 4-H. Rebecca also serves on the county council and participates in FFA. They will both show hogs at this year’s county fair.