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Legacy Project Case Study: The Dell Family

December 20, 2011

Editors Note: The holiday season is often a time to reflect on the year's accomplishments and to celebrate family. This story is part of a three story Legacy Pioneer Badgeseries about the struggles and successes of members of the Farm Journal Legacy Project family, the three Legacy Project case studies you have followed in Farm Journal,  Top Producer and Dairy Today magazines all year.




When Tragedy Strikes

January 8, 2011 by Pam Smith

In her weaker moments, Shannon Dell can’t help but wonder why. Why do some people survive accidents and others don’t? Why did her husband and best friend, Tommy, have to die?
Then, she straightens and apologizes for being selfish. She concentrates hard on the blessings that have come with a good man and a loving family. "I know we lived and loved more in 11 years of marriage than most people do in a lifetime," Shannon says.
"Tommy had a mission. He wanted this family farm to endure and that’s just what we will do," she says. --> Continue Reading



February 7, 2011 by Pam Smith

Gregory Dell was born to farm. At 16, his dreams for the future are already rooted in the Westminster, Md., farm where four generations of his family toil.

His father and mother, Gary and Crystal Dell, are tickled that their son is so passionate about returning to the farming operation. There have been times when they’ve depended on him so much that they worried farming might be the last thing Gregory would want to do in life.--> Continue Reading

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