The Horning Family
The Horning family, now in its fifth generation as Michigan dairy farmers, care for 350 cows and raise crops on 700 acres. The farm is a partnership between Jeff and his father Earl.
Jeff manages the daily operations of the dairy, and he is committed to creating a good working environment for employees. He currently serves on the board of directors of NorthStar Cooperative, which has led to his involvement in the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the Universal Lab Services board, which provide milk testing and laboratory facilities for farmers. Jeff is active as a county 4-H dairy judge and 4-H dairy quiz bowl coach, as well as serving as vice president of his church council. He has also worked as a township trustee and planning commission member. Jeff’s wife, Lynda, is the dairy’s bookkeeper and calf feeder, and serves as the county Farm Bureau Rural Education Days co-chair. She is also involved in various school committees and community fair positions.
Earl is a past member of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan board of directors, and his wife, Diane, is part of the Michigan Farm Bureau Promotion and Education committee. Earl and Diane continue to enjoy their work with Breakfast on the Farm and other dairy promotion programs.
Jeff and Lynda have three children who are the third generation to attend Michigan State University. All four of their grandparents, and both parents are MSU graduates. Katelyn recently graduated from MSU and is now working full time on the farm, Natalie is currently attending MSU majoring in Agriculture Education and Mason will attend his first year at MSU in the fall.
The Horning farm is located across the road from a large lake where the family and community members enjoy recreational activities. The Hornings are proud to be part of Michigan’s strong dairy industry, providing jobs for the community and their state.