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Fillmore County Farm Family

Jahn Family Farm

In the 1930s and ’40s, Rick Jahn’s great-grandparents, William and Nora, raised beef cattle and ran a commercial chicken business. Rick’s grandparents, Robert and Maxine, continued raising beef cattle until 1966 when the farm transitioned to a hog finishing business. Rick’s father, Richard (Dick), grew up on the farm. In 1969, Dick and his wife, Sharon, purchased a farm two miles west of the Jahn home farm and raised their children, including Rick, there. Dick and Sharon still live on their farm. Rick and his wife, Gina, raised their three children on the Jahn farm.

Three years ago, Rick and Gina, along with Dick and Sharon, decided to end their hog finishing business after their feeder pig supplier of over 50 years no longer sold pigs. The Jahn family is forever grateful for the business partnership the family had with Ken and Joanne Vrieze and their son, Kevin, and his wife, Carley. Currently, the farm consists of 2,700 acres of corn and soybeans on owned and rented land.

Rick and Gina have three children. Daughter Shelby was married in June with the reception on her grandparents Dick and Sharon's farm. The Jahns’ daughter Nora attends Winona State University and their son, William, will start at Winona State this fall.

Dick and Sharon, as they gradually move into retirement, are thankful to be in a business partnership with their son and daughter-in-law. All four have been involved in running the successful family business.

The Jahn family has been active in their community in many ways including their church, Our Savior Lutheran. They’ve volunteered with the Kingsland School District, Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Kiwanis, Spring Valley Community Foundation, Spring Valley Cemetery Association and more. When they were raising hogs, the Jahns were members of the Fillmore County Pork Producers Association. Rick currently serves on the CHS producer board.

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