Turning the soil - It’s a way of life

Ted and Wanda Lovrien farm near Clarksville. (Bethany Carson photo.)

It takes diligence, tenacity and faith to build a farm. Ted and Wanda Lovrien of Clarksville were only teenagers when they decided to take on the challenge. Today with their children and grandchildren farming alongside them, those long days in the field all seem worthwhile.

     Life hasn’t always been easy. During those impecunious early days, there were many nights when all the Lovriens had for supper was hot dogs and oatmeal.

     “We just had the drive to stay through thick or thin,” said Ted Lovrien. “In the long run, it always pays off.”

     They married while still in high school. Wanda was 16, and Ted was 17. After they graduated, Ted worked on his dad’s farm until 1983 when they rented 160 acres. They purchased their first farm in 1990 at $1200 an acre. As opportunities arose, they purchased more land, and today farm 2500 acres.


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