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Cottonwood County Farm Family

Jonathan and Brenda Adrian

As a third-generation farmer, Jonathan Adrian continues a farm legacy his grandparents began decades ago. Jon’s maternal grandfather started raising turkeys on range in the 1930s. After his graduation from the U of M in 1987, Jon farmed with his father until 2017. 

 Jon Adrian has farmed for 34 years. During those years Jon has raised turkeys for heavy tom production. He grows corn, soybeans and seed beans. Throughout the years, Jon has implemented advances in technology to dramatically increase production for the farm.

The Adrian children worked on the farm growing up and some still do. Jonathan and Brenda’s oldest son, Scott, who was born with spina bifida, helps prepare field meals and turkey loader lunches. He is also employed at Enterprise North and Maynards Foods. Their daughter Melanie is the office manager of Adrian Farms and as a trained veterinary technician, assists with poult health. Her husband, Daniel, handles maintenance and runs equipment, providing a keen understanding of new technologies. The Adrians’ youngest son, Bryce, a sophomore at SDSU, operates equipment, assists with crop work and maintenance while home on breaks.

Another Adrian daughter, Rachelle and her Air Force husband Travis, reside in Arizona where Rachelle is a music therapist and piano teacher.

Brenda Adrian works as a substitute teacher, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher and Ride-By-Faith mentor.

Jonathan volunteers on the building committee of Mountain Lake Christian School and serves as a church trustee and on the Odell Windfarm grant committee. He is a member of the Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers Associations and the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association.

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