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ABOUT THE FARM

Frahm Farmland’s CEO, Lon Frahm, has a favorite quote:

“We should learn to find opportunities in our difficulties, rather than difficulties in our opportunities.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Those words and the meaning behind them drive much of what Frahm Farmland is all about. While we are rooted in several generations of Thomas County farmers, we are also keenly aware of the necessity of adapting to changing times. In every challenge that we face, we are constantly searching for ways to better ourselves, our operation and the world around us.

Team

The single greatest asset at Frahm Farmland is our team.  Their knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm are key to our success as an operation. We pride ourselves on the tenure of our employees, with some having been with the farm for more than 35 years.

Keeping our team members happy and invested in their role at Frahm Farmland is one of our greatest priorities. Because of this, we are always looking for ways to make each individual a more integrated part of the farm. This includes daily morning meetings in which all team members are asked for their input and opinions on the farm’s operations, established areas of responsibility in which each employee has ownership and decision-making power and periodic opportunities for personal investment in various aspects of the operation.

We also enjoy weekly breakfasts together each Saturday, professional development trips to conferences or other trainings and yearly employee vacations with our families to a variety of locations. We have maintained an annual internship program since 2000, and regularly support opportunities for lifelong learning.


Farm

Our farm consists of nearly 27,000 acres of irrigated corn, dryland corn, dryland wheat, sorghum (milo) and soybeans. Approximately 8,000 of those acres are irrigated with a total of 65 center pivots and 18,000 acres are dryland.

Environmental sustainability takes high priority on our farm. We are committed believers in no-till farming practices, and are actively involved in working with other area farmers to reduce the amount of water utilized in local crop production.


History

Lon and Dewey Lon Frahm (far left) and Dewey Augustine (middle) take a break from harvest in the farm's early days.

Lon Frahms career on the family farm started like many others. Following college, he joined his father on the operation as what he describes as “an overpaid tractor driver with an economics degree.” While Lon dreamed more of becoming a lawyer or businessman, the competitive salary offered to him by his father was too tempting to pass up, bringing him back to his roots as the 6th generation farmer in the family.

However, that “normal start” would come crashing down 5 years later when, in 1986, his father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 52. It was the day before harvest was to start and the pit of the farm crisis. That event defined the future of Lon’s career:

“My goals changed completely that day. They were now to hold the farm together, provide financial security for my mother and siblings, and settle the estate without losing assets in probate. “ – Lon Frahm

Lon was 28 years old when his father passed away and was immediately launched to the helm of a full-scale farming operation. With the support of the farm's employees and the trust of his siblings and other family members, Lon not only kept the operation afloat, but repeatedly turned potential-disasters into profitable opportunities. Now, nearly 30 years later, Frahm Farmland is one of the most successful farming operations in the Midwest.


Read more about Lon Frahm and Frahm Farmland:

Eternal Wisdom: Top producers share lessons from the last 30 years - Ag Web - Apr. 3, 2013
Getting to know you - Hometown Humanities - Apr. 2013
Farmland goes for a premium as commodity prices tick up - USA TODAY - Feb. 23, 2012
Is it time to expand? - Ag Web - Jan. 11, 2012
Maximizing moisture for top benefits - Harvesting the Potential - Dec. 2011
There are no secrets on this farm - Ag Web - Aug. 1, 2009