It’s the final countdown…

To wrap up the past year of Food & Family Features, we’re highlighting the top five most viewed blogs from 2019. Each one of the following posts contains a recipe that is special to the family being featured.

Click on the links below to revisit each of these top stories from the past year:

  1. 1 FilzenFilzens Work Together to Carry on Family Legacy. No matter what job you have, it’s all about relationships. That’s a lesson Latham® seed dealer Dale Filzen learned from his father, and it’s a lesson he’s passed along to his three daughters. Click on the link to read the rest of the story and to download one of the Filzen family’s favorite recipes. Celebrate January soup month by downloading their hearty recipe, which is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s night.

  2. 2 SchonsThese Super Fans Bring Superb Tailgating Skills to the Table. Ryan and Meg Schon (pronounced “shown”) honed their tailgating skills when their favorite team didn’t have a hope or a prayer of post-season play. The Schons met when they were both students at Iowa State University. Like many Cyclone fans, they’ve been loyal and forever true to their school. Their eternal optimism prompted them to develop the mantra of “Tailgate Victoriously.” It’s a tagline that has become so ingrained in their fall activities that Ryan created Cyclone jerseys with the numbers “19” and “95” to commemorate the year he and Meg were married.

  3. 3 BolinsIowa’s First Authenic Farm Stay Opens. One travel trend is local experiences you can’t find at the office, down the street or from mainstream motel or hotel. A North Central Iowa dairy family offers a unique travel experience by combining a sleep experience with agritourism. Dan and Lynn Bolin of Clarksville, Iowa, have opened New Day Dairy Guest Barn. Attached to their dairy barn, the loft of the Guest Barn features two cow-gazing windows. Each of the three bedrooms has a private attached bathroom. A kitchen and dining area finish out the space. You can book a stay now through AirBnB and Sleep with the Cows: AirBnB at

  4. 4 BroedlowBroedlow Family is Living their Legacy in Southeastern Wisconsin. Their families owned land adjacent to one another. Their childhood homes were just one mile apart, yet Brady and Lynsey Broedlow didn’t meet until they were both out of high school. Even their first meeting is unusual for teenagers raised in a small town… When she was 16, Lynsey joined the Helenville (Wisconsin) Volunteer Fire Department because her dad has been on the department since he was 18. His service ignited Lynsey’s desire to serve. Brady joined the department a few years later when he turned 18, which is where their love story begins.

  5. 5 PozarskiPozarski Finds His Niche in Niche Markets. When you think of maple syrup production, chances are you think of New England. You wouldn’t be wrong. However, Wisconsin is the fourth top maple-producing state. Maple syrup is uniquely a North American product due to our climate. Freezing nights and warmer days are required for the sap to flow properly from the trees. Latham® dealer Blake Pozarski of Pozarski Family Farms grew up on a dairy farm and says there are many similarities between dairying and producing syrup. “I joke with my kids, ‘I’m milking trees today’. When you grow up farming, it’s in your blood.”

Meeting our dealers, customers and friends in agriculture is something we truly enjoy. We enjoy telling stories that showcase how farmers are making an impact in the agricultural industry and in their communities.

We’re always looking for a good story to tell – and every family has one! Feel free to call our office at 641.692.3258 or drop us an email at It would be an honor to share your story on “The Field Position” in the year ahead. We wish you a happy 2020!