HUTCHINSON, Minn. — The Ide farm has been running since 1969. Larry and Bertha became farmers that year by purchasing 80 acres for a cow calf and sow feeder pig operation. A few years later, the cattle were sold and trees were logged for land. In 1993, Nate joined the business. Seven years later, they sold the remaining hogs and expanded land for grain.
Currently, the farm owns 240 acres yet grows on 2,000 total acres. Larry and Bertha still reside on the farm. Nate works full time on the farm with his sons Mike and Phillip. Their daughter, Beth Ann, lives in Stewartville.
The Ide’s have been advocates for the agricultural industry for many years in McLeod County. Larry and Bertha were actively involved in the Pork and Porkettes organizations. Bertha was State Director, Beth Ann was a County Pork Princess, and Nate was a County Ambassador. Larry taught Sunday school and was on the Church Board of Education for four years. He recently retired from the County Corn and Soybean Board.
In the 1990’s, Nate worked for the National Pork Producers as the live animal site manager. He also was the first dealer to bring Agrigold to central Minnesota. He has worked with county commissioners and businesses to help raise $140,000 for an addition for 4-H on the fairgrounds.
The family will be officially recognized in a ceremony Thursday, August 8 at 1:15 p.m. at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Profiles of the 2019 honorees and information on the recognition event can be found on the University’s farm family website, https://mnfarmfamilies.cfans.umn.edu/. The Ide Family will also be recognized during the McLeod County Fair on Friday, August 16 at 5:45 p.m. in the indoor show arena.
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 University of Minnesota 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 University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
— Karen Johnson & Kylee Sherod, University of Minnesota Extension
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