Duane and Joan Hinsch, along with Scott and Chad Hinsch of Goodhue, Minn., have been named Goodhue County’s “2018 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.
Duane and Joan purchased their farm in 1958. Initially, it was home to hogs, cattle and crops. The couple began a dairy in 1981. After several remodeling projects, the original parlor and milk house are still being used today. The hog enterprise was closed in 1998. The farm was incorporated in 2004.
Brothers Scott and Chad now operate Hinsch Farms. The dairy consists of 600 cows milked three times a day in a double-8 parlor. Family members and valuable employees keep the operation running 24/7.
Scott and his wife, Peggy, have three children — Chase, Seth and Teagan. Chad and his wife, Lydia, have two children — Bradyn and Alandra. All family members help with various chores around the farm, including mixing feed, hauling manure, feeding calves, scraping barns, field work and milking cows.
The Hinsch families are involved in their church, and all the children are involved in 4-H. Some also are active in FFA.
The Hinsches will be among farm families from throughout the state officially recognized in a ceremony Thursday, Aug. 9, at Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minn. Profiles of the 2018 honorees and information on the recognition event can be found on the University’s farm family website, http://mnfarmfamilies.cfans.umn.edu.
Families receiving honors were selected by their local county Extension committees and have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and agriculture 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 U of M Extension. “The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these farm families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.”
Along with Farmfest, University units sponsoring the recognition event include U of M Extension; Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station; the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Farmfest runs Aug. 7-9 at the Gilfillan Estate. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 7, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8-9. Admission is $10 per person; those 17 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit http://www.farmshows.com/ffst.