Andy and Emily Siira
The Siira Family Farm was established in 1916 when Andy’s great grandfather bought the farm in Urness Township near Brandon, MN, shortly after coming over from Finland. Andy is now the fourth generation to be involved with the farm. There is a lot of family history in the area as Andy and Emily live on an acreage where one of Andy’s great-great grandfathers settled in the 1870’s. For thirty-five years the farm was primarily a dairy operation; however, two years ago Andy and his father decided to sell the dairy herd and make the switch to beef cattle. Now they raise Angus; cow-calf to finish. In addition, they raise corn, beans, and alfalfa. Andy works very closely with his parents Bill and Cathy who live on the farm. Andy and Emily also get assistance on the farm from their children, Wesley (age 7), Ty (age 4), and Lacey (age 2).
In the community, Andy serves on the Douglas County Fair Board, and is the Douglas County Feedlot Specialist. Andy recently finished a two year appointment to the MN Beef Profitability Task Force and together Andy and Emily took part in the Red River Valley Emerging Leaders Program. Emily works full time as the Land Use/ Water Plan Technician for the Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District.