The Multigenerational Farm

Most family farmers experience a passion and close connection to their land that is hard for outsiders to understand. Why do many family farmers continue to battle specialization and expansion and reject lucrative offers to divide their farm into pieces of land? One simple answer is that the land and the farm may have belonged to their family for generations and they feel a responsibility to it, as if the farm were a part of their family, too.

Knox County has many multigenerational farms, some even over one hundred years old. The Blanchard family farm of Howard, is a multigenerational farm and is unique because it is cooperatively maintained by three brothers.

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