The Heers Family
After graduating from the U of M in 1978, Bob Heers starting farming in partnership with his father. They farmed the farm that was originally established by Bob’s father, uncle, and grandfather. Back in the day, the farm was a 280 acre farm consisting of cattle, hogs, corn, soybeans, oats, and hay. Bob and his father farmed together on the farm in Owatonna, MN until his father’s retirement in 1998. In the fall of 2009, after finishing college at the U of M, Bob’s son Matt returned to the family farm. Today the farm consists of 2,600 acres of corn, soybeans, and peas. It also contract finishes 10,000 head of pigs a year. Bob and his wife Marsha along with Matt manage the farm. Son Nate plans to return to the family farm after he finishes studying Bio Products and Bio Systems Engineering at the U of M.
In the community, Bob is a former board member of the Owatonna School, District’s Ag Advisory Council, and Ag Star Advisory Committee. Presently, he is a board member of the Steele Co. Farm Bureau and Community Bank Owatonna. Memberships that Bob holds include the Steele County Pork Producers, MN Corn Growers, MN Soybean Growers, Elks, and Our Saviors Lutheran Church. In 1994, Bob was honored as the Steele County Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Farmer.