Meet The New Master Farmers

Vic Fosheim and Ken Plessner are being recognized for being great farmers, all-around good guys and heroes to their family, friends and communities.

Published on: Dec 18, 2013

Vic Fosheim and Kent Plessner are the Dakota Farmer's 2013 Master Farmers.

Fosheim, Midland, S.D., is a grain grower who, with his partners and family members, has built a progressive farming operation. He no-tills and raises a wide of crops including corn, sunflowers, milo, wheat, flax and millet. A director on the Midwest Cooperative elevator board in Pierre, S.D., Foesheim has generously donated grain to the CHS Harvest For Hunger campaign.

Read more about Vic Fosheim.

Kent Plessner, Verona, N.D., is a former dairy and beef producer who wo now produces row crops. Plessner fits the classic definition of a farmer to a "T," wrote the person who nominated him for the award. "He is a not a showy person. He farms well, cares for his equipment, buildings, and maintains shelter belts, respects the wildlife that is near, and assists his wife with landscaping projects. He lends a hand where ever needed, he is loved and respected."

Kent Plessner
Kent Plessner

Read more about Kent Plessner.

The Master Farmer program is one of the oldest farmer recognition programs in the United States. Conducted in a dozen states by Penton Media/Farm Progress Companies magazines, the Master Farmer program recognizes individuals who are actively farming and have excelled in running their businesses and supporting their families, communities, state and/or industry. Men or women, farmers or ranchers, individuals or families are eligible for the award.

Nominate someone for recognition next year by sending an email to Lon Tonneson at with the name of your nominee and a short description about why the person or family deserves recognition.

Vic Fosheim
Vic Fosheim