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Ag Brief: Lakeville farmers are honored with MDA Good Farm Neighbor Award

A Lakeville couple has been named this month's winner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's (MDA) Good Farm Neighbor Award. Cheryl and Bruce Mohn operate a 60-cow dairy in addition to raising several hundred acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. Their dairy is located in Scott County on the same family farm their ancestors settled in the mid-1800s.

The Mohn farm is a traditional dairy with some pasture and open lots. They haul manure from the barn daily and apply to fields when needed. They are proud farmers who do their best to protect the land that provides for them. They adhere to setbacks and utilize environmental practices that reduce erosion and prevent nutrient loading.

Being a good neighbor is a priority for the Mohns who farm on the edge of suburbia. As homes sprout up on what was once farmland, the Mohns remain willing to work with their neighbors so they can continue to farm. They keep their farm site clean and a heavy grove of trees prevents, little, if any, livestock odors from becoming a concern.

In addition to farming, the Mohns also supplement their income by manufacturing special milking supplies that help dairy producers be more efficient.

The monthly Good Farm Neighbor Award honors farmers who show the utmost concern for their neighbors, their animals and the environment. Winners are selected by a committee representing the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and the MDA.

Nomination forms can be mailed to Good Farm Neighbor Award, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, 625 North Robert Street, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55155, or e-mailed to Margaret Hart at A link with a downloadable nomination form is also on the MDA Web site at