The University of Minnesota held its 18th annual farm family recognition program, Thursday, March 19 in Minneapolis.
This annual salute to Minnesota agriculture is jointly sponsored by the university's College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. It salutes outstanding farm couples, families, and individuals from across the state for their contributions to both agriculture and their communities.
Honorees are nominated for the award by the local county extension staff and agricultural leaders. This year, 90 families and individuals, representing 72 counties, were recognized by the university, including 10 honorees for contributions to new initiatives in agriculture.
Burton and Marlys Horsch, Howard Lake, were recognized as Wright County honorees at this event.
Recently retired from dairying, Burton and Marlys Horsch continue to grow soybeans and corn on their farm. While milking 40 cows, the couple stayed active in industry organizations. Burton served on the county DHIA board for 12 years and was district secretary for AMPI for eight years.
Burton currently is a board member for the county Farm Bureau and C&H Ag Services, along with serving as a township supervisor.
Marlys is a member of the Wright County Home Extension Group, the church guild and LWML.
Along with farming, the couple enjoys spending time with their two adult children, Aaron and Amy, and their families. They also appreciate getting to travel more now that they have no responsibilities for livestock.