2016 Redwood County Farm Family of the Year

Thomas and DeVonna Zeug of Walnut Grove were named the 2016 Redwood County Farm Family and are among 81 Minnesota families being honored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

By Paul Hunter Zaid
Wabasso Standard
Originally Posted: Aug. 5 (see link here)

Thomas and DeVonna Zeug of Walnut Grove were named the 2016 Redwood County Farm Family and are among 81 Minnesota families being honored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

“The farm families receiving this year’s honors exemplify what makes Minnesota agriculture strong. They bring innovation, science and hard work to farming. They care greatly about the land and animals and delivering quality products to consumers worldwide,” said Bev Durgan, dean of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. “The Univ-ersity of Minnesota takes pride in honoring these families.”

“We were stunned to be nominated,” said Tom and DeVonna.

“We feel incredibly honored to be chosen as a farm family,” added Tom.

The Zeugs were chosen by the local University of Minnesota Extension committee based on their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture.

The Zeug farm, which is located just five miles southwest of Lucan, was established in 1877 when Tom’s great-great-grandfather, John, purchased 170 acres of homestead land for $1.25 an acre.

In 1902, Tom’s great-grandfather, Joseph, took over the farm and continued farming until his death in 1926.

Joseph’s son, also named Joseph, took over the operation and became one of the first farmers in Redwood County to grow soybeans; he also began raising seed stock soybeans along with wheat and oats.

Joseph launched the family business – Zeug Farm Seeds.

When Joseph passed away, his son and daughter ran the farm until 1990 when Tom and DeVonna purchased it. They now live on the original 170 acre homestead.

The Zeugs live on the original 170 acre homestead and currently farm three parcels of the original homestead.

The Zeugs raise corn and continue the tradition of raising seed stock soybeans on about 700 acres of farmland.

A few years ago the family contracted with Christensen Farms to build a 3,300 head hog facility.

The Zeugs are in the process of adding a wind turbine on their farm as well, which will be up and running in a few weeks.

Tom and DeVonna farm with their sons, Matt and Myles, Tom’s brother, Paul and his wife, Krista and Tom’s father, Donald, who helps as much as possible.

“We both have huge community support, and we believe in the importance of being involved in our community, said DeVonna. “Neighbors help neighbors, friends help friends, farmers help other farmers.”

In addition to farming Tom also operates a door business, Z DoorMen along with his son Matt.

Tom is also involved with the Lucan Lions Club, the Lucan Fire Department, and he is on the Johnsonville Township board.

DeVonna is on the Redwood County Corn and Soybean Board, Redwood County Farm Bureau and Wabasso Commercial Club.

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