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2021 Pine County Farm Family of the Year - Steve and Estelle Martin

Steve and Estelle Martin were honored as the 2021 Pine County Farm Family of the Year at a recent county board meeting.

Steve’s grandfather, Fred, purchased the original farm in 1920, and he and his wife,  Lydia, raised various kinds of livestock with their seven children. Steve’s parents, Arlan and Della, moved back to the farm in 1954 and bought from Fred and Lydia. Arlan and Della ran a dairy operation on the farm with their six children.

Steve attended  University of Minnesota-Waseca then moved back to the farm in 1986 and began dairy farming with his parents. Steve married Estelle in 1994 and together they have a son, Joshua. Steve and Estelle are the current owner-operators of their farm, while Joshua, who works off the farm as a security officer, helps out the family when needed.

The Martin family currently own 320 acres and rent another 20, all of it used for grass hay and pasture. The Martins milk 51 Holstein cows in a step-up flat parlor, and the cows are housed in a sand bedded free-stall barn. The family raises their own replacement heifers and sell their bull calves.

The Martins are members of the Minnesota Milk Producers Associations, Minnesota Dairy Herd Improvement Association, American Dairy Association, and Land O’ Lakes Cooperative. They  belong to Peace Lutheran Church in Finlayson. Steve and Estelle volunteer with many local organizations, including the Hinckley/Finlayson schools, the local fire department, Sandstone Soccer Association, the Pine County Dairy Board, the DHIA (Dairy Herd Improvement              Association) Board, and their church.

Farm Family recognition program

The Farm Family Recognition program has existed for over 30 years and honors farm families throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the agriculture industry and their local communities. All of the honored farm families have made significant contributions to Minnesota agriculture and their communities.


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