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Chippewa County Farm Family

Lee and Kim Bosch Family

Lee and Kim were raised on family farms in Chippewa County. In 1984, they began farming with Kim’s father, Dennis Harguth. Three years later, Craig Burner joined the operation and still farms with the Bosch family.

Lee and Kim’s sons, Mike and Chris, helped on the farm growing up and joined the operation after earning their degrees.

The family’s current operation is a 3,000-acre diverse crop farm raising corn, soybeans, sugar beets, sweet corn and wheat with all family members working together to get the work done.

Lee and Chris work full-time to manage the day-to-day operation of the farm. Mike is an agronomist at Farmers Co-op Oil in Clara City and helps make agronomic decisions on the Bosch farm. He also works with precision technology and helps with daily operations. Kim, Mike’s wife Lindsey, and Chris’s wife Meghan help whenever and wherever needed—whether it’s moving equipment, running for parts, bookkeeping, or helping to feed the crew. The Bosch grandchildren, Ellie, Hailey, and Nolan, also help where they are able.

Lee is a member of the Chippewa County Corn and Soybean Growers Association and served on its board. He’s also a member of the board for Farmers Co-op Oil. Lee was one of the original Cross-Country Snowmobile Club members and has been a snowmobile safety instructor for over 25 years. Chris is a member of the Maynard Fire Department and First Responders. Mike is chair of the Chippewa County Corn and Soybean Growers, a member of the Clara City Volunteer Ambulance and a past member of the MACCRAY Ag Boosters and FFA Advisory Committee. Mike is also a member of the Cross-Country Snowmobile Club and teaches snowmobile safety.

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