Denny Gehling grew up in northwest Iowa farming with his dad. After a brief stint in college and working 12 years for a power company, he returned to the family farm. He has two sons and two daughters who are all in college or beyond. In addition to raising corn, soybeans and alfalfa, he has a purebred angus herd (see "Gehling Angus") with the progeny of some of the finest bulls in the breed. His farm sits on a hill overlooking the floodplain of the west branch of the Des Moines River southwest of Emmetsburg.
Dennis Hansen spent his boyhood in Rolfe, Iowa, playing baseball and wading in the creek. Then came college, Vietnam, and a brief flirtation with teaching as a career. With the death of his father, he returned to the farm southeast of Emmetsburg where he began raising corn and soybeans, and (quite independently) fell in love with the angus breed. He and Nancy have a daughter in college and part-time jobs in town.
Both of us are trying very hard to find a way to survive as farmers. It's been the way of life of our people for hundreds of years, and it's where our hearts are. With the industrialization of agriculture, small farmers are falling by the wayside. We hope to hang on somehow, maybe with the help of projects like this. But most of all, we hope you enjoy our beef. It's flavorful and tender, the way beef used to be. And it's Angus, Naturally.
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