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Fillmore County farmer tells his story

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Chatfield, MN-December 5, 2011-Fillmore County farmer Eric Thorn can't imagine working any career other than farming, and he wants to share his passion for the farming lifestyle with others. That is why he has joined a group of Minnesota farmers in the REAL Story campaign hosted by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. The REAL Story stands for Responsible, Ethical, Agriculture for Life and features farmers across the state communicating with non-farm audiences through the REAL Story website and social media.

Eric Thorn grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa and raises cattle with his business partner, Steve. His family has been farming since the 1800s, and he's proud to carry on that tradition. "At the end of the day, I am accountable to my business, my wife and son, my land and animals, and consumers. That's a huge responsibility, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

Eric takes care of his land and animals because he believes good stewardship is a farmer's responsibility. He makes sure his cattle are fed well, get the proper veterinary care, and are bedded down comfortably. He has also implemented several conservation practices on his farm to prevent soil erosion, protect water quality, and provide food sources and shelter for local wildlife. "Just because you're a large farmer doesn't mean you don't take care of your land and animals. It's not a money thing. Preserving the land and caring for animals is just the right thing to do."

Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is made up of an elected board of 15 soybean producers from across the state. The mission of the council is to invest soybean checkoff dollars in well-defined research, marketing, education and commercialization programs. For more information, visit

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