2022 Century Farm: Behrens farm settled in 1920

Fourth generation now owns the parcel.

Behrens farm
The most recent aerial photo of the Behrens farm in Summit Lake Township, rural Rushmore.
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RUSHMORE — Little more than three miles west of Reading, along Nobles County 14 (200th Street) stands a farm that has been in the Behrens family for 102 years.

The roundtable discussion with producers and conservation groups focused on the environmental programs in the expansive legislation, such as the Conservation Reserve Program. A new farm bill is set to be negotiated throughout next year.
Cases of fraud or alleged fraud have caused uncertainty and mistrust among some consumers in an industry that relies largely on the honesty of producers, processors and packagers to maintain the integrity of the industry.
Youth showcased their skills as crop scouts by identifying weeds, insects, forages and plant diseases as well by identifying the growth stages of corn and soybeans.

Originally purchased by Ben Behrens in 1920, the farm has grown to include nearly 463 acres, and is now owned by Ben’s great-granddaughter, Whitney Fossell, of Marshall.

Fossell became the farm’s owner a year ago, and previous to that, it was owned by her parents, Gary and Brenda Behrens, for 30 years. Gary’s parents, Floyd and Evelyn, owned the land for a combined 34 years, and Ben, the original Behrens farm owner, had it for 37 years.

Located in the northeast corner of Section 29, Summit Lake Township, the farm produces corn and soybeans.

The Behrens family will be recognized during the Nobles County Fair for having a newly designated Minnesota Century Farm.


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