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Kevin Estrem: “Across the U.S., mention 4-H and everybody joins the conversation.”

Kevin Estrem is co-owner of Estrem Farms and the current president of Minnesota Pork Board. We're excited to highlight his 4-H story as a Minnesota 4-H Featured Alum!

Kevin grew up as a 10-year member of the Big Giants 4-H Club in Rice County.  He has fond memories of sitting in the front row at club meetings and watching older members help the younger ones plan their projects. “They would have us sit at the head table and ask what we wanted to learn about our projects and where we would need help. As I got older, I enjoyed filling that same mentoring role for the members who were younger than me.”

Kevin got started in the gardening project and also made posters to present to his club and at the fair. As he progressed in his 4-H experience, he added dairy projects, showing both calves and heifers. He loves how 4-H encourages deep learning in the project areas that youth chose.

“Now that I am involved in the swine industry, I attend a lot of county fairs. I really enjoy interviewing youth, which gives me great insight into what 4-H'ers are learning today. They are the next generation of leaders for our industry.”

Kevin has the opportunity to travel across the county as president of the Minnesota Pork Board and says that 4-H is a great way of connecting with farmers and other industry members wherever he goes. “When someone mentions 4-H, it’s surprising how many people join in the conversation!”

Continuing in the tradition of his Big Giants 4-H Club mentors, giving back remains an integral part of Kevin’s life. In addition to serving on the Minnesota Pork Board, Kevin volunteers with the Rice County Pork Producers coordinating their county fair food stands. He also serves with the Rice/Dakota Corn & Soybean Board and Randolph FFA Alumni, is a Nerstrand 1st Responder and the Financial Director for Northfield Rural Fire Board.

Estrem Farms, a 2010 Minnesota Farm Family of the Year, raises hogs and grows corn and soybeans. Kevin has been married to Leanne Estrem for 31 years. They have 2 adult sons, Derek and Michael, who are also 4-H alumni.

If you would like to be a Minnesota Featured Alum, please share your story using this online form. And if you'd like to nominate somebody you know please contact Erin Kelly-Collins ( to learn more.

Erin Kelly-Collins
Alumni Coordinator
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

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