The idea of putting together a Breakfast on the Farm in Stearns County was born back in 2007 while a group of dairy farmers enjoyed dinner and discussed the need for more agricultural awareness in the county. Soon after, a committee was formed to plan the first ever Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm.


Past Hosts


→ Kuechle Dairy, 2017

→ Rohe Dairy, 2015

→ Funk’s Midway Dairy, 2014

→ Groetsch Dairy, 2013

→ Landwehr Dairy, 2012

→ Schefers Dairy, 2011

→ Mill Creek Dairy, 2010

→ Nathe Dairy, 2009

→ North Oak Dairy, 2008



Planning Committee


• Sadie Frericks, dairy farmer and Dairy Star Writer
• John Funk, dairy farmer and 2014 Host
• Karl Funk, dairy farmer and 2014 Host
• Tom & Donna Gregory, dairy farmers and 2010 Hosts
• Jack Hales, Vita Plus
• Sandy Hansen, AgVenture Feed & Seed
• Steve & Pam Herdering, dairy farmers and 2008 Hosts
• Brad Herkenhoff, Central MN Federal Credit Union Lender
• Art & Rosie Kerfeld, dairy farmers
• Dennis & Marlene Landwehr, dairy farmers and 2012 Hosts
• Nick & Tara Meyer, dairy farmers
• Jeron & Brenda Nathe, dairy farmer and 2009 Hosts
• Tom Peterson, dairy farmer
• Craig Roerick, dairy farmer
• Sarah Roerick, dairy farmer and Central MN Dairy Profit Teams Coordinator
• Catherine Statz, dairy farmer, Central MN Federal Credit Union Credit Analyst
• Caleb Watson, Albany High School Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor
• Emily Wilmes, Extension Educator – Livestock, University of Minnesota Extension


From the host farm’s extended family to members of local 4-H clubs and FFA chapters, these volunteers help with everything from clearing tables to educating young children in the petting zoo. Their willingness to help makes the Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm possible. Thanks, volunteers!

Tour Guides

The Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm volunteer tour guides have one of the most important jobs at the Breakfast. They guide visitors around the farm while explaining how the farm works and answering visitors’ questions. Our tour guides are dairy farmers, consultants and other agricultural experts.

Guest Speakers

The guided tours at the Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm include stops at several learning stations. These stations feature short presentations by our guest speakers – the farm’s veterinarian, nutritionist, conservationist and others.

Agriculture 101


Animal Care

Animal health is of utmost importance to livestock farmers. Proper animal care leads to the production of high quality milk, meat and eggs. Nutritious diets, healthy living conditions and good medical care are all essential for a healthy herd or flock, and these are among the many animal care practices routinely used by livestock farmers.


Farmers live and work on their farms. It’s important to them to protect the land, water and air for their animals, their families, the surrounding communities and future generations.

Food Safety

Farmers and food companies take food safety very seriously. America’s food supply is among the safest and most highly regulated in the world.

Economic Impact

Farming is more than milk, meat, eggs and crops. It’s jobs and economic activity for the people of our country. U.S. farms contribute to the local economy by supporting local businesses and the community tax base.

Farming Today

Farmers work hard every day to bring you fresh, great-tasting, wholesome food. Almost all farms in the United States are family-owned. As active members of their communities, farm families take pride in maintaining natural resources. That means preserving the land where they live and work, protecting the air and water they share with neighbors, and providing the best care for their livestock.

Stearns County Agriculture

Livestock Production

• Stearns County has 64,000 dairy cows, making it the 16th largest dairy county in the nation.

• Over 4 million turkeys are raised in Stearns County each year, making it the second largest turkey county in the state.

• Stearns County is the No. 1 livestock producer in Minnesota; it also ranks No. 1 in cattle and dairy production.

• Dairy is Stearns County’s largest livestock sector, accounting for 46% of livestock income and 37% of total agricultural income.

• Livestock production provides 2,517 on-farm jobs.


Livestock Processing

• Poultry and cheese are Stearns County’s two major processing activities, with $244 million output for poultry and $238 million for cheese.

• Livestock processing accounts for 79% of all food processing output and 20% of all manufacturing output.

• Livestock processing provides 1,733 jobs.

Economic Impact

• Livestock is a $948 million industry in Stearns County.

• It also generates $749 million in indirect impact and $466 million in induced impact.

• The largest supporting sectors are manufacturing, agriculture, wholesale trade, services, and transportation.

• The supporting sectors and spin-off industries generate indirect and induced impacts for livestock production and processing.

Employment Impact

• In total, the Stearns County livestock industry supports 14,287 jobs.

Learn More

All links open in a new page.


→ Dairy Farming Today

→ Dairy Makes Sense

→ Midwest Dairy Association

→ The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

→ Why Milk?

→ Got Milk?

→ National Dairy Council


→ Minnesota Beef Council

→ Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner


→ Minnesota Pork Board

→ Pork: The Other White Meat


→ Sheep 101

→ American Lamb


→ Minnesota Turkey Growers Association

→ Eat Turkey

→ Incredible Egg

Grain Crops

→ Minnesota Soybean Growers Association

→ Minnesota Corn Growers Association

General Agriculture

→ Minnesota Farm and Food Coalition

→ Minnesota Department of Agriculture

→ Minnesota Agri-Growth Council

Youth Resources

→ Minnesota Ag in the Classroom

→ University of Minnesota Extension Service

→ Minnesota 4-H

→ 4-H Online

→ Minnesota FFA

→ Fuel Up to Play 60

→ Nutrition Explorations

→ School Wellness Kit

→ National Dairy Council




Image Credits

• Photos of host farms provided by the hosts, the Dairy Star, Midwest Dairy Association and committee members.

• Event photos provided by committee members and hosts.

• Photos of dairy cattle courtesy of the Dairy Star.

• Photos of hogs courtesy of Minnesota Pork Board and Royalty Free Images.

• Photos of sheep courtesy of Susan Schoenian.

• Photos of turkeys courtesy of Minnesota Turkey Growers Assoc.

Video Credits

Landwehr Dairy video produced by Midwest Dairy Association.
Schefers Dairy video produced by Vita Plus Corporation.

Content Credits

• Broiler and Egg Association of Minnesota
• Midwest Dairy Association
• Minnesota Farm Bureau
• Minnesota Pork Board
• Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
• Susan Schoenian of Sheep 101

Design Credits

• Site graphics were provided, in part, by the Dairy Star.