2019 Recipient: TK Family Farm

Jon D. Klimstra, TK Family Farm Apple Packing/Sorting Line Grant Award: $6,000 Building on a 2016 AgOptions grant to establish a unique 1.3-acre high density apple orchard, Jon has added a packing/sorting line to accommodate the 800-1000 bushels of apples … View >>

2018 Recipient: Parker-Binns Vineyard

Karen and Bob Binns, Parker-Binns Vineyard Increasing Wine Production and Diversification Grant Award: $6,000 To accommodate an expansion of their winery and to diversify into producing cider, Parker-Binns Vineyard has added a new production building to their existing successful winery. … View >>

2017 Recipient: Bradley Farms

Aaron and Nicole Bradley, Bradley Farms Pastured Pig Feeding System Grant Award: $6,000 Aaron and Nicole purchased a Feed Train mobile grain bin with a gasoline powered hydraulic auger to feed their 70 pastured pigs. Mechanizing the feeding of their … View >>

2016 Recipient: TK Family Farm

Jon D. Klimstra, TK Family Farm High-Density Trellised Apple Orchard Grant Award: $6,000 Jon has diversified his 15-acre farm with a high density trellised apple orchard. This orchard style allows for higher yields in a shorter amount of time than … View >>

2015 Recipient: Old Mule Farm

Steve Modlin, Old Mule Farm Frozen Lamb Storage and Distribution Space Grant Award: $3,000 Steve has built a dedicated space to handle and store frozen lamb cuts. This space allows for the safe, sanitary and organized handling of lamb products. … View >>

2014 Recipient: Old Mule Farm

  Steve has added a sheep handling facility to his existing corral system to improve the care of animals and ultimately increase production. The handling system includes a semi-circular crowding area, chute panels, a turntable to restrain individual animals, a … View >>

2014 Recipient: Ruff B Farm

Chauncey Barber, Ruff B Farm Barber Boys’ Beef Grant Award: $3,000 Responding to an untapped market for freezer beef in Polk County, Chauncey is developing a portion of his existing hay and cattle farm to better accommodate steers and heifers. … View >>

2013 Recipient: Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm

Randy and Megan Smith, Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm Improved Forage-based Genetics for Grass-fed Beef Grant Award: $6,000 The Smiths are transitioning their cattle to have foraged-based genetics, which should greatly reduce the high input costs associated with feed. Their goal … View >>

2011 Recipient: Randy & Megan Smith

Randy and Megan Smith Smith’s Sweet Grass Farm Grant Award: $6,000 — Pasture Poultry Expansion The Smiths are expanding their pasture poultry operation on their fourth-generation farm. With the addition of two pastured poultry pens, they will triple their proven … View >>

2009 Recipient: Rodney Booth

Rodney Booth Adawehi Sustainable Agriculture Growth & Expansion (SAGE) Project – Grant Award: $6,000 “This project is a start to us being an example for others in the agricultural community, showing different ways of generating revenue and creating jobs. This … View >>