Two northeast Iowa businesses battling for $7,500 in ‘Grow Your Future’ contest

Ionia’s A + J Custom Chopping co-owned by Abe Karels and Joe Seible was created this year to supplement a farming problem that the budding business saw in the market: there are not nearly enough chopping companies who would come work on 4 of 5 acres or less. These existing companies all were designed for people with major acreages. 

Another contest applicant, currently tied for 2nd with A + J is Lynn Bolin and her business: New Day Dairy GuestBard Bed and Breakfast located in Clarksville.

New Dairy’s vision statement reads: “Build a space directly connected to the barn for the Bolin family to live in right away then transform it into a Bed & Breakfast. With #DairymanDan managing the dairy, Lynn began dreaming, learning, creating, managing, and implementing a unique immersive lodging experience where guests could #sleepwiththecows.”

To better bolster their company, A +J applied for the ‘Grow Your Future’ award sponsored by the Iowa Farm Bureau and are currently in 2nd place, which if stands, would garner them a $5,000 cash prize towards better equipment. 


Voting continues for the contest through December 13th and if A + J gets a surplus of support and takes 1st place, would receive a $7,500 stipend.


To vote for A + J, New Day Dairy or any other business in the contest go to

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