Kent and Linda Solberg

Wadena County
2019

Kent and Linda purchased their farm in 2003 after selling one in Crow Wing County. They run a pasture-based livestock farm with emphasis on soil health. The Solbergs have expanded pasture acreage. They’ve tripled soil organic matter and forage production without the use of irrigation. Timbered acres are managed under a forest stewardship plan. 

The Solberg farm is a 100 percent forage-fed dairy. There’s also a small flock of laying hens. Kent and Linda are full-time farmers.

The Solbergs’ farm is a place of learning. They’ve been willing to step out and try unconventional farming techniques. The farm has been part of two research and demonstration projects. It’s been the site of many farm tours and pasture walks. The Solbergs have hosted college interns and families wanting to learn more about pursuing farming.

Kent and Linda were named outstanding conservationists for the north central area VIII by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and they’ve received awards from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and First District Association for milk quality. The Solbergs’ farm has been certified by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Ag Water Quality Certification program.

The Solbergs have been involved in the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota for over 20 years. Kent currently serves as the group’s livestock and grazing specialist. The couple received the organization’s highest honor: the Farmer Emeritus Award. Kent and Linda are members of Oylen Alliance Church.

 

Wadena

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