Michigan Milk Cup Featured Farmer: The Horning Family

 The Hornings are proud to be part of Michigan’s strong dairy industry, providing jobs for the community and their state.

The Hornings are proud to be part of Michigan’s strong dairy industry, providing jobs for the community and their state.

The Horning family, now in its sixth generations as Michigan dairy farmers, care for 450 cows and raise crops on 750 acres. The farm is a partnership between Jeff and his father Earl.

Jeff manages the daily operations of the dairy, and he is committed to creating a good working environment for employees. He currently serves on the board of directors of NorthStar Cooperative, which has led to his involvement in the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the Universal Lab Services board, which provide milk testing and laboratory facilities for farmers. Jeff is active as a county 4-H dairy judging and 4-H dairy quiz bowl coach, as well as serving on various committees of Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA). He has also worked as a township trustee and planning commission member. Jeff’s wife, Lynda, manages the books and information for the farm, takes care of calves, and serves as the county Farm Bureau Rural Education Days co-chair the County Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Chair and a MMPA Dairy Communicator.

Earl is a past member of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan board of directors, and his wife, Diane, is a past Michigan Farm Bureau Promotion and Education committee member. Jeff and Lynda have three children who are the third generation to attend Michigan State University.  All four of their grandparents, and both parents are MSU graduates. Katelyn graduated from MSU in 2014 and is working full time on the farm.

Katelyn’s husband, Joe works for MMPA as a member representative along with helping on the farm on weekends. Natalie will graduate from MSU this week, majoring in Agriculture Education and Mason just completed his first year at MSU.

Horning farms is located across the road from a large lake where the family and community members enjoy recreational activities. The Hornings are proud to be part of Michigan’s strong dairy industry, providing jobs for the community and their state.

Michigan Milk Cup

The Michigan Milk Cup is a competition that was created in partnership between five Michigan based National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) clubs. The goal in mind of this competition is to crown Michigan's top semi-pro soccer team. Through the support of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, the competition as a whole is looking to highlight the growth of the beautiful game, while also educating Michigan soccer fans about the nutritional benefits of milk. Competing clubs include AFC Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids FC, Kalamazoo FC, Lansing United and Michigan Stars. The team with the most Great Lakes Conference points in matches against other Milk Cup participants will be awarded the inaugural Michigan Milk Cup.