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Kanabec County Farm Family

Zimmer Farms

The first generation of the Robert and Shelli Zimmer farm started in 1999 on a 40-acre home and farm site. The family had a chance to grow the farm since that time by purchasing and renting different parcels. Over the years, the farm has grown and now requires full-time work.

The Zimmers raise corn, soybeans and oats in rotation. They also finish cattle. Over the past 15 years, the family has implemented no-till practices in the operation and now 80 percent of their land is farmed that way.

When Robert and Shelli’s kids, Miranda and Justin, were young, they helped by picking rock and raising the baby calves. The couple’s son-in-law, Tanner, helped with the day-to-day operations for three years until the Lord called him home at a young age. Now Robert does most of the daily work on the farm and Shelli assists with moving equipment, running for parts, and paperwork.

The Zimmers support their local 4-H activities in a variety of ways and have contributed to their local FFA corn drive.

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