Meet the Farmers
Dale Wahlgren With my wife Cheryln (May) and our two children, Lorri and Dan, we moved to “the Island Farm,” Maxwell, Nebraska in 1970. We started farming with machinery and livestock we purchased from my great Aunt Victoria and Uncle Adolph Lindberg on their farm sale.
I graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1962 and attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation, my wife, who graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with an education degree, and I moved “home” to Gothenburg to farm with my father. During the winter of 1970, the opportunity to rent my great aunt and uncle’s farm was made available to us. The house was the original 3 room farmstead which was built onto in the 1930’s, adding 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. Originally there were 400 acres which we rented from the Lindbergs, with two row equipment. Now with my son-in-law we farm 3,000 acres with 24 row equipment! We were able to purchase the “home place” in 2001 from the Lindberg descendants, and had added rented land along with purchasing other available acres through the years. We also added two more children to our family, Robyn (married to Jeff Huffman) who now lives on the home place in the same remodeled home, and Karrie who earned an agricultural degree and farms with her husband in Iowa. Jeff and Robyn were both teachers, him in agricultural education and she in special education, before coming back to farm with us. We have maintained the farm with hired men through the years (early on very young hired men!) and now with two very competent hired men who have some farm ground on their own. Seasonal part-time help is also needed.
I was gratefully chosen to participate in the 4th class of the Nebraska Leadership Education Agricultural Development program in 1984-86, culminating in a 2 week agricultural educational trip to South Korea, Hong Kong, India, and China. It was very enlightening and challenging, and gave me a world perspective on agricultural interests, and my involvement in it. I was chosen to be on a governor’s advisory board for relicensing of Kingsley Dam, as well as on an advisory committee for the Whooping Crane Trust. I had the opportunity to testify before congress concerning river issues, such as bank stabilization. During a period of flooding that affected our land, I organized the Platte River Flood Control Association, which was a grassroots organization to help landowners along the Platte River to deal with periodic flooding by having a voice in decision-making processes of water flow management.
I also was elected to the Mid-Plains Board of Governors and served eleven years on that board of our local community college.
I am a 1990 graduate of Burwell Jr-Sr High School in Burwell, NE (go Longhorns!). I spent one year at Northeast Community College and finished my college experience at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 1995 (go Huskers!).
I graduated with a degree in Agriculture Education and was a few classes short of a dual-major in AgriBusiness. I taught high school Agriculture Education, and was the Advisor for the FFA program, for 2 years at Medicine Valley High School (go Raiders!) and then back at my alma mater in Burwell for 3 years (go Longhorns again!).
We began thinking of a career change and a move to the farm in 1999, my last year of teaching, and followed through on it by moving to Maxwell in the summer of 2000. We have spent the past 17 years growing crops with our family and feel truly blessed to live and work where we do.