LAVISTA, NE - Malinda Villwok was honored as the 2015 Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award recipient during the 2015 Nebraska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting on Tues., Dec. 8. Malinda and her husband, Greg, farm near Randolph, Neb., in Wayne County.

Villwok keeps family as her top priority, balancing a busy schedule with farm and ranch life and agriculture leadership. She and her husband, Greg have two children: 14-year old Addison, 12- year old Cadein.

Malinda was not raised on a farm, but she spent summers on her grandparent’s dairy farm which left a positive impression on her. “I loved going to my grandparent’s farm and I have always wanted to raise my family here,” she said. “We are so grateful to my grandfather for his vision of us following in his footsteps to continue to grow the family farm. We started with a small cow herd and some hay ground and over the course of a few years, a livestock operation took shape along with crops and land purchases. I hope we can pass along the family farming tradition on to our children in the future.”

The Villwok's raise irrigated and dry-land corn, soybeans and alfalfa, along with a cow/calf to finish operation. They utilize minimum and no-till practices to combat soil erosion and help organic matter. They have installed water probes to conserve water on their fields. They feed their own grain and hay to their cattle. They designed their feedlot with location, room for expansion and manure management in mind.

“We have established operational goals that focus on sustaining the future of the family farm for the next generation. This is how we evaluate the operation when making management decisions on a daily or yearly basis. Another big factor is doing an annual balance and cash flow statement. Focusing on the earned net worth changes and comparing them to the profitability of the farm year-to-year,” Villwok said.

The Villwok's have an expansion plan for their farm and ranch that spans over the next 20 years. It was developed in 2013 and since then they have achieved and exceeded all goals set forth on all levels of growth.

“We have plans to develop a wind farm on our ground and have signed a lease with NextEra. Now we are part of the Wind Powered Electrical Power Generation and Transmitting project. The STVN Family Limited Partnership was established in 2012 for our families farm ground. We plan to continue to grow our percentage of the partnership over the next several years. Being the sole operators of the farm, we understand how the family limited partnership will insure future generations have a place in the family farming legacy my grandparents started over 50 years ago. We are excited about what the future holds for us in agriculture,” she said.

The Villwok’s own Villwok Trucking LLC, which they created in 2013, hauling farm equipment, materials, cattle, grain and hay. They are distributors of Archer oil and lubricants and sell premium grade grease, oil aerosols, fuel additives and cleaners to farms and ranchers across the state. The Villwoks recently purchased grazing land in Blaine County where they run additional cattle. All of these enterprises help them to become as self-reliant as possible with the farming operation.

Malinda Villwok is active on the local Wayne County Farm Bureau board as well as active in her church. As a Wayne County Farm Bureau member, Malinda has been a person keeping records, ag promotions member, secretary, has served on the local and state Young Farmers and Ranchers committee and has been a Farm Bureau member for 11 years.

The Farm Bureau Achievement Award is designed to recognize young farmers and ranchers who have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and expanded their leadership skills. Contestants are evaluated on a combination of their operation's growth and financial progress as well as leadership within Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau members ages 18 to 35 years are eligible to apply for the award.

Villwok will receive an iPad, $500 and an all-expense paid trip to represent Nebraska Farm Bureau at the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Meeting this January in Orlando, Florida.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 60,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit www.nefb.org