Washington County farmers, ranchers honored at City-Farm Banquet

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

Reeder spent a career in the marine industry, but returned to dry land in 2002, retiring to 180 acres southeast of Wausau.

“Along with a beautiful sloping topography came the challenge of stabilizing the soil while being able to use it productively,” Andreasen said.  “He has worked with the local Natural Resources Conservation Service in order to do this.  He has utilized benefits of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program as well as technical services in order to preserve the integrity of the land.”

Reeder and his wife, Mary, raise a variety of livestock, including horses, gamebirds, and peacocks.  They are currently raising sheep and miniature Herefords. They also produce several varieties of blueberries that are irrigated by an efficient drip irrigation system.  They currently have 6 acres in blueberry production and are members of the Wiregrass Blueberry Association.  Future plans are to increase the blueberry acreage to 15 acres and increase the miniature Hereford herd, Andreasen said.


Steve and Chris Smith (Smith Farms) — Cattlemen of the Year

Brothers Steve and Chris Smith were named the 2012 Washington County Cattlemen of the Year.

The James H. Smith family moved to Vernon in August of 1971, Andreasen said.  “Having sold their 60 acre farm in Northeastern Ohio, ‘Jim’ bought 116 acres just out of Vernon on Pioneer Road,” he said. The Smith family consisted of father, Jim, mother, Joyce, and sons Steve, age 15, Ted, age 13, and Chris, age 4, all of whom moved to Vernon —an older brother, Gary, had already joined the Merchant Marines upon graduating from high school earlier that year. 

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