Climate Resilience on the Farm
Farmers are using practices to make their farms more resilient as the climate changes. From heavy rains to extreme drought and damaging winds, farmers are adapting and changing.
Erik farms 850 acres in west central Minnesota with his parents, Phil and Carolyn, and his brother, Adam. They were early adopters of no-till and have strong water management practices including buffer strips. Read more about their farming practices.
Mike and Dana Seifert are the fourth generation to live and work on Mike’s family farm in Jordan. Ravenview Farm is a 100-acre farm, with 65 acres of cropland. They came back to the farm five years ago and have made many changes. They still grow corn and soybeans but they also grow small grains and hay crops and they're raising broiler chickens on pasture, making maple syrup and doing a lot more direct marketing. Learn more about their farming operation.
Harmon Wilts was a technical agronomist for DEKALB/Asgrow until retiring in July 2022. He and his wife, Gina, started farming in 1999 with a goal of keeping the land in the family and saving it for future generations. Today, the couple farms 1,400 acres of corn, soybeans and sugar beets and raises beef with their three daughters in Swift County.
Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz
Grant and Dawn Kreitkreutz own and operate a fourth-generation family farm near Redwood Falls. The farm produces pasture-raised beef, laying hens, broilers, seasonal heritage breed feeder pigs, non-GMO corn, feed and food-grade soybeans, cereal rye for seed, alfalfa and other crops. The couple are champions of soil health and experts in regenerative agriculture, hosting, leading and teaching farmers through Soil Health Academy workshops.