2018 Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers:
Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren, Lindgren Farms Ltd., of Norquay, SK
The 2018 Saskatchewan Outstanding Young Farmers were announced
at the awards luncheon Thursday, June 21, 2018
at Canada’s Farm Progress Show.
The 2018 Nominees were:
Jordan and Jennifer Lindgren
Lindgren Farms Ltd., Norquay, SK
Jordan and Jennifer, along with their four children Jaxson, Alexis, Westin and Bristol, own and operate Lindgren Farms at Norquay, Saskatchewan. Lindgren Farms is a grain and oilseed farm that works diligently at maximizing production for these crops, while minimizing cost of production. They do this by using field scale trials to determine what products, genetics and practices work on their farm. By combining these methods, with the latest advancements in technology, they continue to meet and exceed their production goals.
They not only place importance on educating themselves, but also sharing this information with fellow farmers. Jordan and Jennifer partner with local agriculture distributors to host the “Field of Dreams” tour that is held annually on their farm. It is an opportunity to share trial results from previous years and showcase the current trials that are focused on new genetics, applications and variable fertilizer rates. They also plan to be a part of educating the next generation on the importance of farming and teaching them where their food comes from. This year they are excited about incorporating a “Food Farm” which is an interactive tour geared at educating grade 3 and 4 students on agriculture.
Family and agriculture are the most important aspects of their lives. They also take time to be active leaders, volunteers and supporters for their community. They take great pride in being able to continue their century family farm and are passionate at maintaining the family aspect in the ever changing corporate farm environment.
Michael and Jessica Lovich
Lovholm Holsteins Ltd., Balgonie, SK
Michael and Jessica Lovich own and operate Lovholm Holsteins at Balgonie, SK. They were both born and raised on dairy farms in Alberta where they got their start in the dairy industry. Michael and Jessica purchased a farm in Saskatchewan two and a half years ago, and are currently milking 65-70 purebred Holsteins. The focus of their herd is for longevity, health, production, and to breed genetically superior animals, while the focus of their business is for sustainability and growth. They own 160 acres and rent an additional 400 acres to produce their own feed for their cows. Both Michael and Jessica attended Lakeland College. Michael gained a diploma in Livestock Production while Jessica holds a diploma in Animal Health.
Both Michael and Jessica have a passion for agriculture, which they channel into their family dairy business. The Lovich’s three daughters; Reata (8), Renelle (6) and Raelyn (3), all play an active role, helping with chores when they can. All family members are also active in their community sports programs, church and school. The farm is within close proximity to Regina and many smaller communities, so they are always happy to host a tour or go into schools to speak about agriculture. Michael and Jessica were thrilled to receive an Outstanding Young Farmers nomination for Saskatchewan!
Lee and Shannon Sluser
LS Sluser Farms Ltd., Glenavon, SK
Lee and Shannon Sluser, along with their two young children, operate a 4th generation family farm near the small town of Glenavon in southeast Saskatchewan. They entered into an agreement to purchase the operations of the family farm seven years ago from Lee’s parents. Since that time they have added 5500 acres to their farm and plan to continue expanding operations in the future. One of their main business objectives has been to preserve and enhance their land for future generations, just like their family members have done before them. To improve their soil’s health and reduce large input costs, the Sluser’s have started experimenting with cover crops and have plans to incorporate intercropping this year. They are continuously adjusting their production practices to improve the productivity and efficiency of their operation. Working together with five full time and three part time employees, an average of ten different crops each year are grown on about 17,000 acres. The main crops are wheat, durum, canola and peas. The Sluser’s also operate a high caliber horse riding facility where they breed, train and sell high performance dressage horses. Lee and Shannon love the farming lifestyle and are looking forward to seeing what the future has in store for them.