Farmers, ranchers and people working in ag related businesses are honored annually by North Dakota State University in a celebration of the North Dakota agriculture.
Daniel and Darla Armstrong raise wheat, canola, soybeans, oats and alfalfa on a fourth-generation farm near Rolette using minimum-tillage farming practices. They also have a commercial Angus/Simmental cross cow-calf herd. The Armstrongs have been farming for 44 years. They received the Outstanding Conservation Farmer Award from the Rolette County Soil Conservation District and an honorary FFA chapter degree. The North Dakota Department of Agriculture recognized their farm as a North Dakota Centennial Farm in 2004. Darla also was a 4-H club co-leader for seven years and the leader for four years. The Armstrongs have one child.
David and LaurieAnn Totenhagen raise corn and soybeans on a fourth-generation farm near Stirum, using conventional tillage farming practices. They have been farming for 32 years. David is a former director and current member of the Sargent County Crop Improvement Association. He also served on church council for over 25 years. LaurieAnn also is Busy Bobcats 4-H Club leader; a member of the Lutheran Women in Missionary League, St. John’s Lutheran Church Board of Education and St. John’s Board of Evangelism; and a substitute organist at the church. They have three children.
Craig and Barbara Peerboom have a farming and cow-calf operation near Goodrich, where three generations of the family farm together. They have been farming and ranching for 38 years, and use farming practices such as reduced-tillage, crop rotation and site-specific fertility management. They also are involved in the Farm Business Management Education Program. In addition, Craig is chairman of the township board. Barbara is the township board treasurer and a former 4-H leader. They have two children.
Brian and Lujuanna George raise forage crops and have a commercial cattle operation on a fifth-generation ranch near Solen, using crop and pasture rotation farming and ranching practices. They have received the Outstanding Young Farmers Award. Brian is a member of the Sioux County Firefighers Squad. Lujuanna is the human resources manager at Prairie Knights Casino. In addition, the Georges are mentors for youth on the Standing Rock Reservation and have served on the Solen Community Board and Sioux County Fair Board. They have four children.
Duane and Dana Stuber raise oats, barley, corn, wheat and annual forages on a fourth-generation farm near Bowman, using minimum, no-till farming and zone soil testing practices. They also have a cow-calf commercial and purebred Hereford cattle operation. They have been farming for 26 years. In addition, Duane is a member of the Cash Township and Slope County Fair boards and the Slope County 4-H Council. Dana is Hoof N Handle 4-H Club leader and raises registered Boer goats along with their children. They have four children.
Joel and Darlene Haugen raise wheat, corn, barley, oats, alfalfa and mixed grasses on a fifth-generation farm near Taylor, using minimum-tillage and crop rotation farming practices. They also raise Angus cattle using rotational and cell grazing. They have been farming for 41 years and received the Soil Conservation Award for central Stark County in 2001. Joel also is a member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. Darlene is an accounts payable worker at Amber Waves in Richardton and a member of the Taylor Lutheran Church and Parish boards and Call Committee, and Taylor Horsefest. They have three children.
Daniel and Marlene Motter raise wheat, corn, soybeans and alfalfa near Clifford, using conventional-tillage farming methods. They also raise horses and sheep, and they operate Motter’s Custom Grinding, using industrial tub grinders to grind trees, yard waste, compost, feed and other material for cities, landfills, contractors and farmers. They have been farming for 25 years. Daniel, a 1992 NDSU graduate, also is a 4-H leader, archery instructor and Colgate Presbyterian Church elder. Marlene, a teacher, also is a 4-H leader and archery instructor. They have one daughter.
Arlyn and Sourey Schmidt have a purebred Simmental and Red Angus seedstock operation near Medina. They also raise corn and oats for cattle feed and soybeans and wheat as cash crops, as well as alfalfa and grass hay. The Schmidts use no-till and rotation farming methods. They have been farming and ranching for 55 years, and they received the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s Rancher of the Year Award in 2018 and North Dakota Simmental Pioneer Breeder Award in 2013. The Schmidts held their 39th annual cattle sale in March 2018 and have hosted many cattle tours and agricultural tour groups from other countries. Arlyn also has been a member of many organizations, including the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association, local school board, Kidder County Farm Service Agency Committee, and Stutsman County Water Resource and Weed Control boards. In addition, he has been a 4-H booster and chairman of the Medina Heritage Museum. Sourey also has been a member of several organizations, including the Medina Heritage Museum, Medina Lions Club, American Legion Auxiliary and Lutheran Church Ladies Group. They have four children.
Myron and Robyn Jacobsen raise spring wheat, soybeans, canola and flax on a third-generation farm near Rock Lake, using conventional and minimum-tillage farming practices. They have been farming for 24 years and received the Towner County Conservationist Award in 2008. Myron also is a member of the Towner County Farmers Union Board, Towner County Farm Service Agency Committee, township board, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Board and Rock Lake Ambulance Squad. Robyn is the technology coordinator for the Mt. Pleasant School District. She also is a member of the Rock Lake Ambulance Squad and a lector at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. They have three children.