Melding Conservation and Profitability

Dallas, Wis., farmer Andy Bensend’s hand was forced. A casualty of the grim 1980s farm economy, Bensend filed bankruptcy in 1986. While difficult, the decision allowed Bensend to reinvent himself as a farmer.

“I knew I had to be lean. I had a tractor, planter and sprayer,” Bensend said. “It was driven out of necessity, but I learned I could do well without spending a lot, which drove the cost of production down.”

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Dan Lemke

Spirited Communications

Dan Lemke operates Spirited Communications, based in Eagle Lake, Minnesota. Lemke has over 30 years experience working in broadcasting, agriculture communications and public relations. He currently writes for multiple farm publications, produces ag-based videos and works as a farm broadcaster.