Ag know-how is key to new countertop manufacturing business

Support for New Business Jeff Hoeft has the support of his wife, Jennifer, and daughters -- twins Gracie and Claire, both 19, and Gilliam, 12 -- as well as Caleb Bellig, Wahpeton, who is working with the family’s farm and its stone countertop business -- Prairie Stone LLC. ~ Courtesy Photos

by Mikkel Pates Forum News Service

Some farmers take an off-farm job to make ends meet. Jeff Hoeft, of Wahpeton, ND, is performing the ultimate “counter-move” to the vagaries of agricultural economics. He’s transforming part of his farm shop at New Effington into Prairie Stone LLC, a stone countertop manufacturing business.

“I’m thinking the way this is probably going to work out, this will be the main business and farming will be the companion, or ‘go-along’ thing,” said Hoeft, in an interview at the shop. The company started a Facebook page that noted the official opening of the company was July 13, but in August, it is intensifying marketing in a 100-mile radius.

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