Shareholder Spotlight

Focus on Family Farms Leads to Partnerships and Business Opportunities

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For thirty years, Doug Pollema has focused on providing products and services to support family farmers around his business in northwest Iowa. Doug is a native of Hull, Iowa, and after college he started working as an outside salesman and

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Focusing on Business Basics Allows Family Farm to Thrive

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Focusing on sound business practices and management strategies has allowed the Schwerin family of Wood Lake, Minnesota, to build the foundation for a farm that provides opportunities for family members today and for generations to come. Dave Schwerin started farming

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A Roadmap for the Next Generation

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For a northwest Iowa pork producer, an investment in the Pipestone System provided an opportunity for his operation to sustainably grow today, and presents a roadmap for the next generation to get started in livestock production. Mike Ver Steeg is

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Balancing Family Tradition with New Practices

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  Finding a balance between carrying on family farming traditions and adopting new practices for the future can be a challenge for many farmers and livestock producers.  Gary Wedewer is the fourth generation to live on the farm in northeast

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Growing with the Future in Mind

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Sustainability has become a popular term in recent years to define everything from protecting the environment to ensuring the viability of family farms over multiple generations to many other facets of modern agriculture. For the Braun family of LeSueur, Minnesota,

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A Consistent Supply of Healthy Pigs

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“A consistent supply of healthy pigs.” For Iowa pork producer Ben Reck and his family, that was the driving factor in becoming partners in the Pipestone System.  And, for 10 years, it has been a successful partnership that has allowed

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Sow Barn a Good Way to Diversify

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Joel Overskei and his family own and operate two finishing barns near Nunda, SD, which is about 20 miles southwest of Brookings. From these barns, they send around 15,000 head of hogs to market annually. The Overskeis get all of

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Fultz Farms: The Value of Cooperation

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A year or so before investing in his first jointly-owned farrowing unit, Dennis Fultz played a key role in changing a Minnesota law that would’ve prevented more than five people from joining together to build such a unit. “Minnesota has

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Next Gen Advice: Be Open to Opportunity

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Dave Hamm’s long-term goal, after farming for 37 years, is to pass the opportunity to a new generation. But at one point in Dave’s life, it looked like his own opportunity to farm had disappeared. Dave and his wife Brenda

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Shareholders Recognized in Three States

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Pork industry organizations in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota honored the following Pipestone System shareholders in January at separate events. The Iowa Pork Producers Association gave the title of “Master Pork Producer” to Craig and Karen Wulfekuhle of Earlville, IA

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