Operation: 1,000 plus acres of crops (corn, soybeans, wheat, rye and alfalfa); 935 dairy cows and 800 replacement heifers; 250,000 broiler chickens and energy
"We don’t need to be the largest operation, by any means. We want to be known as good farmers willing to help others."
Structure: Brubaker Farms is owned by Luke and Barbara Brubaker in partnership with their two sons, Mike and Tony. Luke oversees all operations, receipts and billing, and is the groundskeeper. Mike is responsible for crops, nutrient management, government programs and management of outside labor. Tony manages the overall herd, the heifers and inside labor.
Conservation: Brubaker Farms is an active participant in the Chesapeake Bay Program, where they go beyond what is traditionally called for in their nutrient management plan. They fence stream banks and plant trees along the streams to help purify the water in their community. They even plant cover crops into soybean residue to help keep water on the fields.
Leadership & Community: Brubaker's list of accomplishments reads like a dictionary, with numerous awards for involvement at the local and state levels. Highlights include three 6-year terms on the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board, where he is currently chairman. Brubaker has also been appointed by Governor Corbett to serve on his Climate Change Advisory Committee. Now, Brubaker can add 2013 Top Producer of the Year to his list of credentials.
Life Around Lancaster
Farming in Lancaster County is no easy task. It’s essentially farming in the middle of an urban area of about half a million people. Brubakers must maintain neighborly relations, so the family keeps their farm perfectly manicured, which is no small task. They’ve done such a good job that when selling their houses, neighbors use the farm as a selling point—next to preserved farmland.