Excellence in Agriculture
Tyler pork producer receives Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture:
Pork producer Don Buhl of Tyler is the 2016 Siehl Prize For Excellence in Agriculture laureate in the production category.
The Siehl Prize was created in the early 1990s thanks to a gift from its namesake, Eldon Siehl. Before his death in 1982, Siehl sought to draw attention to professional, humanitarian and academic accomplishments in agriculture, according to the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Siehl envisioned the prize to be a constant reminder of humanity’s connection to the land. Every year, Siehl Prizes for Excellence in Agriculture are awarded for three categories: knowledge, production and agribusiness.
Buhl was nominated for the prize by David Preisler, executive director of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA). Representatives of Pipestone Veterinary Services, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and M3 Wordshop, an agricultural writing, marketing and public relations firm, provided letters of support for Buhl’s nomination.
“It’s very gratifying that people thought enough of our operation to nominate us in the first place,” Buhl said. “Susan and I are very honored to receive it.”
Buhl, his wife, Susan, and their family, and the other Siehl Prize recipients, were honored in May at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota. Each prize winner receives a $50,000 award and a granite and glass sculpture that represents earth, water and air, the natural elements essential to agriculture.
The Buhls live on the farm near Tyler that Buhl grew up on. They were married in 1975, started farming in 1976 and have been in the hog business the entire time. They’ve grown their operation over the years and started employee workers in the 1980s. Two of their long-time employees are now partners in the operation.
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