Our family: Ann and Ken have been married for 27 years and have four children. Adam—a graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in agriculture-engineering, is employed as an engineer in the auto industry. Bethany—received her bachelor’s degree in animal science and is a first-year student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State. Daniel—a civil engineering major and a member of the Air Force ROTC program at Ohio State University. Jacob—a senior at St. Henry High School who is scheduled to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio next year, intending to major in business economics.
We grow corn, soybeans and wheat, and raise 65,000 turkeys and 26,000 pigs per year on our family farm.
Motivation: We are motivated by a desire to produce a healthy, wholesome product that we would be proud to sell to friends and neighbors, while providing for our family. Our family has always enjoyed working with animals, from taking 4-H projects to the county fair to taking care of our Golden Retriever Max or our two horses Molly and Stringer.
Community involvement: We have always felt the responsibility to give back to a community that has given us so much, in faith, education, as well as business. We have held various positions in PTO, Band Boosters, and parish councils. Ann is currently a religious education director and township fiscal officer. Ken is a member of a school board of education and is a director of a local farm co-op.
Why are you a Farm Bureau member? Farm Bureau plays a critical role to counteract the misinformation spread about what farmers do and gives us a unified voice on social and political issues facing us both locally as well as nationally.
Our future: The future is very bright and yet challenging for agriculture. The world population is expected to double by the year 2054 and agriculture will be faced with meeting the demand for increased food production, while improving and maintaining the environment and satisfying the social and political demands placed on us.
Biggest misconception about farming: The idea that farming is a low-tech profession. Today GPS is used for grid soil sampling, and nutrient and pesticide application which enables farmers to apply only what is needed, where it is needed. GPS also is used in planting to allow variable rate seed populations and harvesting to monitor yield variations within the field. Animals are housed in barns where ventilation, heat, water, feed and lighting is operated by a computer-controlled system to maximize efficiency and give the manager data so he or she can continuously monitor what is happening in the buildings. Systems are used for chlorination and filtration of our water supply ensuring clean, fresh water is available at all times. The latest cell phones and computers are used to speed information sharing on a routine basis. Every technology available to the public has been made available to the agriculture community and adopted over the years making American agriculture and the American farmer the safest, most effective, and efficient food producing system in the world.
Stammen family favorite recipe
Family Style Hearty Pork Bake
6 pork loin slices, 1 to 2 inches thick
6 slices Swiss cheese
1 can cream of chicken mushroom soup
1/3 cup white wine or grape juice
4 ounces herb or Italian seasoned stuffing
1/3 cup butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover pork loin with slices of Swiss cheese. Mix cream of chicken mushroom soup with white wine. Pour mixture over cheese. Spread stuffing mix evenly over the top of loin. Pour melted butter over stuffing. Bake for 30 minutes covered with foil and then 20 minutes without foil.