Farming for decades

Knief family has farmed Logan County land for more than 70 years


From the left, sitting: Ethan, Elijah, Caleb, Christina, Allison and Kasandera Knief pose, with their parents and grandparents, standing, from the left: Hillary,  Kyle, Jerry, Karen, Kevin and Jana. The Kniefs have been named the Bellefontaine Examiner 2014 Farm Family of the Year. BELOW: Kasandera Knief prepares to clean out a rabbit pen as Ethan Knief handles a rabbit as the  siblings clean out the animal’s pens. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)


If longevity is any measure of success, the Knief family farm may be counted among the most prosperous operations in Logan and surrounding counties.

For more than five decades, the Knief family has lived at 10555 County Road 13, Lewistown, and farmed some 1,250 acres of land, a run of success that has helped make the Kniefs the 2014 Bellefontaine Examiner Farm Family of the Year.

Knief Farms was started in 1943 by Eugene and Eileen Knief. Since then, farmland has grown to include not just the main farm along C.R. 13, but also the original homestead of Matthias Knief, who settled in Logan County after emigrating from Germany in the early 1830s.

Jerry Knief has been farming the land full-time for 53 years, following in his parents’ footsteps. Sons Kevin and Kyle Knief grew up helping on the farm and joined their dad as full-time farmers following their graduation from Indian Lake High School in 1986 and 1990, respectively. They are the sixth generation of Kniefs to farm that land.

“We’ve been out here since we were big enough to put our boots on,” Kyle said, adding that he enjoys the life of a farmer.

“It’s the diversity of it,” he went on. “We can plan our days out here pretty much, and I like being self-employed.”



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