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Larry Fickbohm — Farmer in Port Wing, Wisconsin

Good farmers, who take seriously their duties as stewards of Creation and of their land’s inheritors, contribute to the welfare of society in more ways than society usually acknowledges, or even knows. These farmers produce valuable goods, of course; but they also conserve soil, they conserve water, they conserve wildlife, they conserve open space, they conserve scenery.
— Wendell Berry, Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food

Larry Fickbohm is a fourth generation farmer who grew up in Chickasaw County, Iowa and owns a 300 acre farm outside Port Wing, WI. He bought his farm in 1991, and raises cattle, sheep and hogs. 

When Larry testified before the Bayfield County Board of Supervisors in February 2015, he had this to say about his home state, "We would take jugs of water from our tap because we didn't want to drink the water in Chickasaw County. Now, we have lots of tourists that come up here from Iowa....has anybody ever heard of an Iowan bringing tap water to Bayfield County?"

Larry is a family farmer who takes his responsibility to the animals he's raising and the land he's cultivating seriously. And his commitment is in stark contrast to Dale Reicks, his 40-plus hog CAFOs and annual production of 2.95 million four-ounce servings of pork.


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