The Anderson Family
The Anderson family farm has been in the family since 1949, when it was started by Gene’s dad, Donald. The original farm consisted of 160 acres, milking cows, calves, hogs, sheep, and chickens. They also grew hay, oats, straw, corn, and soybeans. Gene took over the farm in 1979. Today he owns 320 acres and custom farms 30 more acres. He raises corn, soybeans, hay, and straw. He also raises 40 Holstein cows and all of his own replacement heifers. On the farm, Gene does almost all of the farming by himself, but does get help from his sisters Dorene and Donna.
In the community, Gene has been involved with AMPI, Mower County ADA, Zion United Methodist Church, Waltham Township Clerk, and Mower County Farmers Mutual Insurance Company. He has also been a big dairy promoter in Mower County by being in parades each year and by passing out milk and cheese with the Dairy Princesses. Gene was also the host of Mower County Farm Bureau Breakfast on the farm in 2006, 2009, and 2012 and a host for the 1st and 2nd graders field day farm tour in 2010 and 2012.