Hoewisch family named Wisconsin’s Outstanding Young Farmers

Photo: 2024 Outstanding Young Farmers Jacob and Jennifer Hoewisch (center) with the 2023 winners, Melissa and Travis Marti (far left and far right)

Wisconsin’s newest Outstanding Young Farmers are Jacob and Jennifer Hoewisch from Freemont.  They were honored during a program on Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.

Jacob tells Brownfield he was not expecting this. “We’re very surprised. I really didn’t even know about the award. Someone nominated us. I don’t know who that person is, so thank you to whoever that is out there. The competition here and the five other couples that we were competing against are superior and I’m extremely surprised.”

The Hoewisch family milks 140 cows, along with raising beef for direct marketing and doing some custom dragline manure application.  They also plan to directly market their A2 milk in the future. “Diversity is the key in this world of dairy in my mind. If we’re going to grow as far as cow numbers, we need to increase our profitability by doing many things to keep them all viable.”

The Hoewisch farm has installed a lot of drain tile and switched from conventional tillage to no-till five years ago, raising corn, soybeans, and wheat while utilizing cover crops. “With the no-till goes the cover crop, and I think the true key is those two hand-in-hand. It’s not just no-till by itself. That’s what builds soil health.”

The other finalists were Abby Driscoll from Newton, Mitch and McKenzie Kappleman from Manitowoc, Scott and Katy Kohn from Medford, Matt and Heather Reu from Whitewater, and Ryan and Lacey Wendt from Pound.

Wisconsin’s first Outstanding Young Farmer was named in 1952, and the national program was started by the US Jaycees in 1954. Wisconsin has had 22 of the national winners including 13 of the last 23.

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