“We have worked tirelessly with scientists and other experts to carefully develop a plan that will be sensitive to the community and the environment and the concerns we have heard. We’re pleased to share highlights from that plan with the public through our new online tool,” said Jim Wysocki. “This online resource allows anyone to get timely and accurate information about the Golden Sands Family Farm project at any time and to avoid confusion and misinformation.”
When it becomes operational, Golden Sands Family Farm will annually produce an estimated 13.5 million gallons of milk, 21,000 tons of silage corn, 22,500 tons of potatoes, 1,500 tons of grain corn, 10,000 tons of alfalfa, 5,500 tons of sweet corn, 3,500 tons of snap beans and 1,100 tons of peas.
Wysocki Family of Companies, a family-farming operation, is an industry leader and key grower/shipper of year-round potatoes and onions. The company prides itself on maintaining a high level of business integrity that includes commitments to environmental sustainability, as well as innovation and retail solutions.
UM to honor Enchanted Dairy
The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) will honor Marv, Ron, Jeannie Miller and Enchanted Dairy as recipients of the 2014 Dairy Appreciation Award. The award will be presented to Enchanted Dairy on May 22, during the Minnesota Dairy Health Conference, Minneapolis, Minn.
The Millers operate the 1600-cow dairy farm near Little Falls, Minn. The farm was started by Ron and Marv Miller's grandfather, who purchased the land in 1947. When Ron and Marv's parents came home from the service in 1955, they purchased a farm site across the road and began farming on their own. Their father was a full-time carpenter so the dairy only developed as Ron and Marv began to take interest in it. Ron began dairying with his father in 1981. Five years later, Ron and Jeannie were married, Marv returned to the farm and their father retired. At that time, Ron, Jeannie and Marv formed a partnership and have been operating the dairy business ever since, growing from the original 75 cows to more than 1,000 by 2005, when the veterinary college first began to work with the dairy.
Enchanted Dairy has been an important partner to the College of Veterinary Medicine for nearly a decade, collaborating with the college to educate both veterinary students and post-graduate continuing education students. The family has hosted teaching exercises at their dairy and provided access to their dairy for research studies to develop better systems to manage and support health initiatives on dairies.