Michigan was granted statehood in 1837 and the Clark Farm was established in the same year by Jonus Clark who migrated from New York to Michigan. To this day, the Clark family has the original deed as signed by Andrew Jackson showing that the Clark family has owned this piece of Eagle Township in Clinton County since 1837. Jonus farmed 85 acres when he established the family farm and homestead along the Looking Glass River. The original clap-board homestead still exists on Clark Road today.
The modern-day Clark Farms was established in 1974 with a mere 300 acres and has now grown to roughly 10,000 acres of owned and rented land. Pete Clark and his son, Jake, are the 5th and 6th generations of the Clark family on this land. Their high-tech family-owned farm grows field corn, soybeans, and wheat. All of the land is farmed using variable-rate technology, GPS guidance, and yield monitors. Because farming is seasonal, the Clarks have added a diverse set of companies for stability, to stay busy, and provide services to the community. The family of employees and equipment used for the farm are multi-purposed for these companies.
The Top Producer of the Year Award recognizes producers who demonstrate excellence in the business of farming, including marketing, farm finance, family and employee relations, technology and environmental stewardship. We are very proud of Jake who was selected as a 2011 finalist of this award. Please watch AgWeb's video to learn more about Jake, our family, and the farm.
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks. Clark Farms is environmentally assured in farmstead and cropping systems. In 2014, the Clarks received MAEAP's distinguished Conservationist of the Year Award for their implementation of environmentally sound practices.
In the spring of 2014, Michigan Farm News, Michigan Farm Bureau's member newspaper, debuted its inaugural Farm News Cab Camera featuring Pete Clark.
The Master Farmer award recognizes Michigan's finest farmers. It is awarded by the Michigan Farmer Magazine, Michigan Farm Radio Network, and Michigan Agri-Business Association, and sponsored by GreenStone Farm Credit Services and Mosiac. Winners are chosen by a committee of agriculture industry leaders based on farm management, innovation, conservation, leadership and community involvement.