Minnesota Farm Families of 2020 are being honored virtually this year, celebrated in an online video tribute led by University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel and available 1 p.m. Thursday, August 6. A U of M Extension Committee chooses one family per county based on their commitment to their communities and for enhancing and supporting agriculture. We are spotlighting a few of this year’s honorees this week.
The Yellow Medicine County Farm Family of 2020 is Paul and Terri Frank.
Paul’s great-grandfather homesteaded Pleasant View Farm around 1880. The farm began as a diversified livestock and dairy farm. Paul’s father decided to focus on raising and selling purebred boars. Paul continued selling breeding stock until 2017, when the family’s barns were converted to finish custom feeding. The farm has reached the milestone of having farrowed hogs for 100 continuous years.
In addition to the hog operation, the Franks’ farm currently grows corn and soybeans.
Paul and Terri raised three children on their farm, all of whom started working in the fields and barns at a young age and were involved in Yellow Medicine County 4-H. Their daughter Jessica and her husband Tyson have two children. Jessica teaches history at Minneota Public Schools. The Franks’ son, Andy, and his wife Ashley have two children. Andy works at Cottonwood Co-op Oil Company as manager of the seed department and farms his own rented acreage. He shares some of the workload with his dad. Paul and Terri’s daughter Lisa is married with two children. Her husband, Adam, works on the farm. Lisa is employed by North Star Mutual Insurance.
Paul and Terri are involved in their church, where Paul is council chairman and head elder. Terri was the choir director for 12 years. Paul is currently chairman of the Posen Township Board and served for 12 years as board member of Equity Elevator. Terri served as secretary of the Yellow Medicine County Pork Board.