Sen. Al Franken slipped on a pair of plastic boots to get an up-close view of Minnesota agriculture at Rolling J Farm.
Ed and Lynn Jostock and their family operate Rolling J Farm near Hammond.
The family milks cows, raises hogs and runs 300 acres.
Ed Jostock commended Franken for listening to the concerns of farmers before he led him on a tour of his milk house, stanchion barn and combination hog house and cattle shed.
Rolling J Farm is what the name implies: rolling. Pastures and fields stretch up from the farmyard where Franken began his farm tour on Jan. 9. Jostock and his siblings grew up on the place and he and Lynn have raised their four children there.
A farm is an awesome place to raise a family, Jostock said. He and Lynn have three daughters and one son. Son Al focuses on the 25-sow farrow-to-finish hog operation. Daughter Becky is their relief milker. She’s in high school and a member of the Plainview-Elgin-Millville FFA. Daughter Samantha lives in a second house on the farm and helps with farm work. Daughter Katie did farm chores while at home.
Jostock milks 50 cows and told Franken he’d like to modernize his operation, rather than expand. Their location limits expansion, he said. He hopes to make improvements to make work on the farm easier and safer.