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Crock Pot Meal Perfect for Planting Season

05/11/2013 @ 6:24am

You might say that farming is in Ben Rein’s (pronounced Ryan) blood.  His great, great grandfather homesteaded around Highland, Minnesota, in 1884.  Farming is a tradition that has continued throughout the generations. 

“I’ve been farming for as long as I can remember,” says Rein, who grew up on a family farm and started farming full time in 1997 by custom baling hay and renting 160 acres.  He shared equipment with his dad and uncle, who were farming together at that time.  They ran a 100-sow, farrow-to-finish operation.  They also raised 200 registered Angus cows, selling bulls and heifers.  In 2005, Ben’s dad went to work for him.  Today they grow corn and alfalfa.  They also milk 65 cows and finish fat cattle. 

Ben said he wanted to try Latham® products because the company is independent and family owned.  He’s stayed with the company because the corn really yields.  “I’ve been planting Latham for two years and have had a great experience,” he says.  “The people I work with are very knowledgeable and accessible.  The seed corn I used last year yielded 200 to 230 bushels, and it was the only corn that stood against the wind and rootworm issues we dealt with.”

While Ben tends to the crops and livestock, his wife Amber stays busy on the home front.  The couple lives on the farm Ben’s grandfather bought in 1952, and it’s where they’re raising their five children ages 4 to 14.

"Living on a family farm allows us to spend time together working and playing,” says Rein.  “It’s the perfect place for kids to develop a good work ethic and to discover their interests.”  Some of their kids enjoy working with horses, while others prefer calves. 

Like most farmers, Ben enjoys promoting the products he raises.  Today, in honor of May Beef Month, the Reins are sharing one of their family’s favorite recipes for Sweet and Sour Meatballs.  Crock pot recipes like this are perfect for the spring planting season.  Click here to give this one a try.

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