The 2013 Conservation Achievement Award Winner for Adams County are Mike and Heidi Mellmer from Reeder, N.D.Posted October 30, 2013
The 2013 Conservation Achievement Award Winner for Adams County are Mike and Heidi Mellmer from Reeder, N.D.
They have five children, who are all actively involved in the farming operation. Dalton is 19, Preston, 18, Damon,16, Jaxon,13, and Quinn,11. Mellmers are second generation farmers.
Mike’s parents, Roy and Marlyes started the farm in 1974 with 560 acres. After college, Mike pursued a career in automotive and diesel mechanics.
Mike and Heidi were married in 1987. They owned and operated several businesses in Reeder while still staying active in farming and ranching. They slowly built their farming and ranching operation to 125 mother cows and 4,500 acres of land. With the farming operation growing large enough to support the family, they liquidated the businesses and cattle operation, turning the interest solely to farming and a small automotive and diesel repair business.
The Mellmer family raises a variety of crops on a rotational basis. Crops raised are corn, sunflowers, spring wheat, durum, canola, and barley. Mike and Heidi hope to have one or more of their children return home to take over the farm one day.
The Mellmers’ will be honored and presented a 16 inch by 20 inch framed colored aerial photograph of their farm and ranch at the NDASCD’s annual meeting, which will be held in Fargo on Nov. 18, 2013. A photo of the Mellmers’s farm and ranch and a photo of the Mellmer family will be shown on a large screen to approximately 600 conservationists attending the annual recognition banquet. A second photograph of the their operation will be placed in the traveling Soil Conservation Achievement Awards Program Exhibit where it will be displayed at the North Dakota State Fair, several agricultural shows, and at many shopping centers around the state for the next year.