Willis E. Anthony
1999 Production Agriculture
Few recipients have traveled a path more scenic en route to the Siehl Prize than Will Anthony. Over the course of equally impressive careers in economics, education, and farming, Anthony has skillfully blended public service with private enterprise to generate a lifetime of impressive achievements.
Anthony’s list of accomplishments includes a unique assortment of experiences as a Ph.D. in agricultural economics, a professor and extension economist, and a family farmer. Anthony first applied his education in economics as an agricultural economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Next, he became a member of the University of Minnesota faculty, serving with distinction as a Minnesota Extension Service marketing specialist from 1967 until 1981. Then, after the untimely death of his brother, Anthony made a dramatic shift that took him back to production as head of Anthony Farms and Josie’s Pork Farm.
Today, this Century Family Farm operation in Nicollet County plants 2,400 acres of grain and produces 15,000 hogs each year. The success of the farm has been made possible through family involvement, hard work, tight financial management, adoption of new research and technology, and progressive business practices.
In and around his farm home near St. Peter, Anthony has gained a reputation as an accessible and readily available volunteer, a reliable community leader, and a steadfast farm issue champion. Will Anthony is a fine role model — a man of uncompromising standards—and a most responsible steward of the land.