USA: Minnesota sugarbeet farm works ‘to thrive and to survive’ with sustainability efforts

This edition of the Sustainability Spotlight features Nate Hultgren. Hultgren is vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association and farms with his brother and father in west central Minnesota near Willmar. His business, Hultgren Farms, raises 1,200 acres of sugarbeets, as well as corn, soybeans, alfalfa, sweet corn, peas, kidney beans and beef cattle on 6,000 acres. The farm is also a partner in neighboring Meadow Star Dairy, which milks 8,000 cows. Nate is a fourth-generation farmer. He and his wife, Jaime, have 5 children: Lily, Nora, Elias, Ruby and Oliver. Nate also serves on the board of directors at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative.