The Tim and Sue Nystrom family of Foreston has been named Mille Lacs County’s “2019 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.
The first 160 acres of the Nystrom farm were purchased in 1901 by Tim’s great-grandfather, Gust. The farm began as a livestock operation. Over time, land was cleared, and a county ditch was dug for drainage. The farm continued with Tim’s grandfather, Alfred. Alfred added more land, planted trees and participated in many soil conservation programs. Tim’s parents, Lawrence and Betty, took over the operation and focused on dairy production from 1957 and 1987. Tim and Sue started farming the land in 1992 and have been grain farmers ever since.
The Nystrom farm consists of about 600 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. Strip tillage is used, and better drainage has been added. The farm was recognized as a Century Farm in 2002.
The Nystroms’ children, Andrew and Katherine, along with their spouses, live and work in the Twin Cities but help on the farm when they can.
Tim and Sue are very involved in their church. They’ve been 4-H club leaders, Milaca High School Marching Band chaperones and currently serve as manager/caretakers of Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.
Tim was a member of the National Association of County Extension Agents, a Pioneer Seed rep, a member of the Minnesota Forage and Grasslands Council and the Foreston Creamery board. Sue was a special education teacher at Foley High School and taught for 33 years.
The family was officially recognized in a ceremony Thursday, Aug. 8, at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minn. Profiles of the 2019 honorees and information on the recognition event can be found on the University’s farm family website, 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 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.