SHA Case Studies

In the detailed case studies posted here, you’ll learn how farmers and ranchers are successfully implementing soil health-focused regenerative agricultural practices in their operations. You’ll also learn more about the resulting positive impacts on their farms’ food, animals, profits and futures.

Each week, for a total of 10 weeks, the Soil Health Academy will add a new case study to this page. We’re grateful to the farm families featured in these studies for sharing their stories and for providing details regarding key production and financial data associated with their respective operations.

Funding for these regenerative agriculture case studies was provided by a generous grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Bock Family Farm

Bock Family Farm

Bock Family Farm – Minot, North Dakota Brandon and Jessie Bock, together with their children, Grace, age 15, and Lyle, age 14, own and operate Bock Farms, about 20 miles north of Minot, North Dakota. Jessie is a stay-at-home mom, having raised both of their children at home. Brandon says she is his “right-hand woman,” …

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Brandt Family Farms

Brandt Farm

Brandt Farm – Carroll, Ohio David and Kendra Brandt purchased his grandmother’s farm in 1971 after being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps and serving in Vietnam.  It was his grandmother’s grandfather’s farm before that. The farm is located in Fairfield County, Ohio near the town of Carroll, OH.  It currently consists of 736 acres …

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Case Study - Wilson Land and Cattle Company

Wilson Land and Cattle Company

Wilson Land and Cattle Company – Tionesta, Pennsylvania Russ and Lennie Wilson own and operate Wilson Land and Cattle Company in western Pennsylvania, Tionesta, Forrest County.  Theirs is a first-generation operation but extending to the next generation looks quite promising.  Their son, Walker, age 13, and daughter, Emmie Lou, age 11, are both actively involved …

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Seven Sons

Seven Sons, LLC, Roanoke, Indiana Introduction: Seven Sons, LLC, is located near Roanoke, IN in Allen County.  The name of the farm comes honestly as there are Seven Sons born to Lee and Beth Hitzfield, the patriarch and matriarch of the family.  The seven sons, in order from oldest to youngest are:  Blake, Blaine, Brice, …

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Schmitz Dairy

Schmitz Dairy – Cold Spring, Minnesota Derek and Taylor Schmitz own and operate their farm in central Minnesota, near Cold Spring. Their daughters, Olivia, 3, and Wren, 1, accompany their parents each day on the farm, in training for their future roles as potential dairy farmers.  Derek grew up in farming and has worked on …

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