Our Social Responsibility to the Next Generation

I recently attended a workshop put on by AgriGrowth in St. Cloud that was focused on innovative options for attracting potential employees. The concept that today, there are 4-5 generations working alongside each other in the same workplace was talked about at length. I think all of us have heard the terms “Baby Boomers”, “Generation […]

Life Lessons from a 4-Year-Old

How do we keep kids excited about farming and attract people into this line of work? I have always been a little of an outside the box thinker when it comes to life. I try my best to stay away from the go with the flow crowd. I had a professor in college who challenged […]

Half Full

We have been struggling the last year to try to keep a full staff. It seems as though things are starting to click and then we hit another snag for whatever reason, and believe me there are some dandy ones.  There have been some busy stretches where people have had to fill in short and […]

Antibiotic-Free?

Whether or not you agree with the increase pressure put on animal agriculture to raise animals while responsibly using little or no antibiotics doesn’t really matter anymore because there is no denying or slowing that movement down right now.  We have had many changes in how and when we use antibiotics in our operation with […]

The Penny

Santa brought my daughter, Abby, the “Game of Life” board game this past Christmas and let’s just say we have played a few games the last few weeks. I remember playing the same game when I was growing up but the new version has definitely changed with the times. You can choose to go to […]

Winter is Here!

Keeping a constant eye on the changes in the weather is something I have gotten really good at over the last 10+ years.  Thanks to modern technology, it is very simple to do from anywhere.  We use smart phones, tablets and computers to check if temperature patterns or winds will change over the course of […]

Meet Pete Klaphake – Proud to be Part of the Ag Industry

As way of introduction, my name is Pete Klaphake and I am a third generation turkey farmer from Melroe, MN.  I am part owner of Klaphake Feed Mill, Inc and R&L Turkeys.  We raise around 30 million pounds of hen turkeys primarily marketed as frozen whole birds you find in the freezers of grocery stores.  […]