Shannon Klumb grew up on his family farm which is located 11 miles west of Ethan, SD.
He attended college at SDSU and then returned home to expand his father’s farm with an isowean nursery to finish operation in 1995. He currently runs a cow/calf operation in conjunction with a feedlot as well as row crops of wheat, corn and soybeans. Shannon farms with his father Larry and brother Ben.
Shannon then married his wife Michelle in 1998 and at that time, he built his own nursery and finisher. Shannon and Michelle have 3 children; Kendra – 17, Kaden – 12, and Kody – 11. They all have their parts in running and helping on the family farm.
He currently serves on the Davison County FSA board, township board, tradeshow committee for the South Dakota State Pork Council, past Executive Board member and current member of the Davison County Pork Producers.
Shannon feels that the rewards of farming come from watching your children evolve into great help in making the farm run and having a good work ethic. Whether they return to the farm as they grow older, they will have the understanding of what it means to work and be accountable.
Shannon loves the fact he can work beside his father and brother and is hoping that someday he can do the same by passing the farm on to his own children.
Shannon finds that today’s challenges in farming come from the volatility of the prices of your input costs and commodities.
Our local farming families play huge roles in our rural communities by serving on boards such as school boards, township boards, bank boards, elevator boards, volunteer fireman, etc. We all have to do our share of volunteering our time to help out with the small number of people in our area.