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Slideshow: The Bichler family, Linton, N.D., received one of four Outstanding Young Farmer Awards.

Mindy Ward

April 8, 2020

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Doug and Maria Bichler, Linton, N.D., recently received one of four National Outstanding Young Farmer Awards from the Outstanding Farmers of America Fraternity.

The award recognizes young farmers for their achievements in agriculture and their contributions to their industry and community. Founded by the U.S. Junior Chamber, the award is sponsored by John Deere and supported by the National Association of County Agriculture Agents and the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Click through the slideshow to get an inside look at the Bichlers’ cow-calf operation and to learn about this farm family’s journey to cattle success.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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