Merlyn Bender

Richardson County, Nebraska

Merlyn Bender always knew he wanted to raise his family on a farm. He grew up on a farm, as had his parents, and appreciated the family values the livelihood provided. Today, Merlyn, his wife and their five children raise organic chickens in Humbolt, Nebraska.

When it comes to animal welfare, Merlyn focuses on food, lighting, air, and water. He provides his chickens with high-quality organic feed; allows the birds to get at least eight hours of dark nighttime rest; provides proper ventilation in barns to keep the air clean; and ensures a consistent clean water supply. When weather permits, the chickens range outdoors, which he finds enhances health and well-being.

Merlyn feels good about farming organically and the opportunity it provides to produce good pure food.