Jeff and Lisa LaCanne
Jeff and Lisa started farming in 1986. Four years later, they purchased the home farm near Faribault which consisted of 120 acres of corn and soybeans and a few beef steers. Since then, the LaCannes have built up their farm to about 1,000 acres and a 50-head cow/calf operation with a finishing lot. They’ve implemented rotational grazing with the cattle and recently began grazing their cattle on corn stubble, leaving plenty of residue for conservation purposes.
Jeff handles the crop and livestock side of the operation and Lisa takes care of the accounting and other bookwork. She is also in charge of the young stock and works off the farm. The LaCannes’ sons, Nick and Alec, help with planting and harvesting and with the livestock chores. They are both pursuing ag-related careers: Nick is a farm diesel mechanic and Alec is working toward a degree in ag production at South Central College. The LaCannes have two other grown children, Jessica and Ryan.
Jeff has been part of the fire and EMT rescue effort of the Faribault Fire Department for over 30 years. In the 1990s, he helped start the department’s farm rescue program and continues to help develop it. Jeff has held demonstrations and outreach on using farm rescue tubes and last year successfully used the tube to help a young man stuck in a grain bin on a neighbor’s farm.
Jeff has been a member of the Wells Township Board for over 15 years and is its current chair. Jeff and Lisa are active members of their church.