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Freeborn County Farm Family

Jon and Ann Larson

The Larson family farm began in the 1850s when Jon’s great-great-grandfather, William White, moved from New York and settled on the land in southeast Minnesota. Jon’s great-grandfather, Richard, added to the current farm when he received land in exchange for his service during the Civil War. In 1960, Jon’s parents, David and Raymona, started dairy farming which is still the focus of the operation today.

When Raymona retired from teaching to start her family she cashed in her retirement savings and purchased seven registered Holsteins that became the cornerstone of the Larsons’ genetic business today. Jon and Ann currently farm about 600 acres of corn, oats and alfalfa. They milk 200 registered Holsteins.

Throughout the Larsons’ genetic business, they have sold embryos to buyers in more than 20 countries and have sent over 100 bulls to be used in AI.

The Larson farm is owned by Jon and Ann along with their son, Tyler. Jon’s oldest brother, Mark, owns two ag-related businesses and has been taking care of hoof health of the Larson herd for many years. Mark’s late sister Carolyn was a professor of dairy science. His sister Linda is involved with showing and grooming the family’s cattle for visitors to the farm and Linda’s son, Chase, represents the sixth generation of the family to farm the land. Many nieces and nephews help on the farm when possible.

Jon and Ann have served on the council of Bear Lake Lutheran Church and helped create and lead the church’s youth group. Jon has been president of the Freeborn County DHIA for 20 years and served as president of the Freeborn County Registered Holstein Breeders for a decade. Jon and Ann are volunteers with 4-H and have coached both quiz bowl and judging teams. Linda is involved with FFA alumni.

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