The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council’s Adorkable Felfie Facebook contest has come to an end after three successful months of farmer entries and many votes! The contest showcased some of our soybean farmer’s proudest moments on the farm, mostly capturing the funny or quirky side of farming. Congratulations to each winner!
The third and final month of the contest ended April 13, with winner Niki Johnson and her photo titled “Hailey approves of this purchase for the farm.” Johnson’s family has a farm near Sebeka, Minn., where they raise soybeans.
She took her photo of Hailey while at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair on Machinery Hill, which she says is always one of her family’s first stops on the fairgrounds.
“I think that farming is the cornerstone of our economy. We need farmers for food. Having seen first-hand the hard work that goes into farming, I greatly value the work of my family and ALL farmers,” Johnson said.
The second month’s winner was Makayla Nepp, 22, who farms with her father in southern Minnesota. They raise corn, soybeans and hogs and Nepp herself owns a 1,000 head finisher hog site.
“I value soybeans because they play such an important role in many things. We feed our hogs soybean meal, so we definitely need soybeans for that!” Nepp said. “I value soybean farmers because farming is such a tough but rewarding job. The wrong weather, markets, bugs can all affect soybeans in a huge way that some days can be quite stressful for the soybean farmer. When harvest time is here and the crop is harvested, the farmers are thankful for another year of being able to farm. That’s why I appreciate them!”
Nepp’s said she originally took her winning photo of moving nursery pigs into the finisher to send to her husband. But, after seeing it turn out “so silly”, she decided to share it in the contest.
And our very first winner was Laura Compart with her “They’re Wild” Felfie entry. Compart, 25, grew up on her family hog, corn and soybean farm near Nicollet, Minn. She is currently a farm hand for K Bar K Cattle Company near Litchfield, Minn. Compart said that growing up on her family farm has definitely influenced the person she is today.
“I was in the middle of getting their calves broke to tie and lead, while “Buffalo Gal” was being extra cute. I caught this shot at the same time and originally sent it to my parents with the headline, “They’re wild.”
She said that as soon as she heard about the Felfie contest, this photo was immediately the one she thought of submitting. Compart attributes growing up on the hog farm for knowing how valuable soybeans are to livestock nutrition.
Each winner was awarded by MSRPC with a $500 Sears Gift Card for gaining the most votes in their prospective month.
The MSR&PC funds research for soybean profitability; increase markets for soybean farmers and educate farmers and non-farmers about soybeans. And over the past three months, MSR&PC was excited to give an opportunity to Minnesota soybean farmers to show off their proudest moments on their farms!