Jerry and Peggy Cooney
Growing up, Jerry worked on his father’s dairy and crop farm near Le Center. At the age of 20, he bought his own 80 acres of land from his uncle. In 1965, he was joined on the farm by his wife Peggy. The current operation consists of owned and rented acreage of corn, beans, peas, sweet corn, and alfalfa rotation. They also raise and sell breeding stock of registered Black Angus beef cattle. The Cooney’s also sell bean and corn seed to help them stay aware of new genetics. The family is highly involved in the practices of conservation and preservation of wildlife using practice like CRP, terraces, windbreaks, filter strips, ponding, waterways, food plots for wildlife, pheasant release programs, and the feeding of wildlife in the winter. Jerry’s brother is part of the farming operation as well as two hired help.
Jerry and Peggy have 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Peggy has worked for the U of M Extension for 24 years and has also worked for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. Jerry has been involved with many organizations, some including Le Sueur County Fair Board, Le Sueur County and MN State Sheriff’s Mounted Posse, Le Sueur County Cattleman’s Association, American Legion, and American Angus Association. He has also worked with U of M Extension Entomologist, Dr. Ken Ostile, working with the effects of rootworm on corn.