Luke and Kim Minich, Outstanding Young Producers of the Year
Luke and Kim Minich of Triple M Dairy LLC in LaPorte, Indiana, are the 2015 IDP Outstanding Young Dairy Producers of the Year.
Luke is a 4th generation dairy farmer milking in two locations in LaPorte County. They have a dry cow/fresh cow facility at one farm and then a milk cow and breeding facility at another farm. Triple M Dairy also crops 1800 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and seed corn. Luke, 35, has been married to Kim for 10 years and they have 5 children: Anna, Kate, Mary, Wil and Calvin. Kim is a nurse practitioner. In addition, she teaches Sunday School and is the secretary of the LaPorte County 4-H Dairy Committee. Luke is the current president of the LaPorte County Extension board. He is active in PCARET and is on the Farm Credit advisory board.
Luke did not actually plan on coming back to the farm. His father had sold his dairy cows before Luke graduated from high school. Then, after graduation from Purdue, Luke worked as a grain merchandiser and futures broker in Indianapolis for 4 years. When a customer asked him if he would consider running his farm, Luke started thinking about coming back to the family farm instead. So, in 2009, Luke moved his family back to LaPorte, intent on being a row crop farmer. When the opportunity to buy a dairy farm presented itself, Luke grabbed it, and he’s been milking ever since.