Lawrence and Diane Sukalski
Since 1885, five generations of the Sukalski family have worked the same soil to grow corn and soybeans in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. They have received the National Conservation Legacy Award for their environmentally responsible land management practices. Over the years, Lawrence and Diane expanded their production acres to partner with Lawrence’s brother Harlan, and to enable their five children and Lawrence’s brother Rod to begin farming. Lawrence, Diane, and Harlan manage and work on the farm full time. Lawrence and Diane have five children and two daughter-in-laws; Jacob (wife Courtney), Andrew (wife Megan), Kristina, Michael, and Suzanne.
The Sukalski family is heavily involved volunteering for numerous agricultural organizations and service programs at the local, state, national, and international levels. A small sampling of their contributions include: Martin County President, Minnesota and National Director for the American Soybean Growers Association; County, Minnesota and National Corn Growers Associations; ASA Public Affairs Committee; Governor’s Conservation Legacy Council; Martin County Economic Development Authority Chairman; Minnesota Ag Water Resource Coalition; Discovery Farms Steering Committee; NRCS Technical Committee; Minnesota Water Sustainability task force; Agriculture Future of America Student Advisory Team; and Governor’s Council on Developmental Disability programs. They have developed ongoing relationships with commodity trade teams, hosting from China, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. Lawrence has also traveled to Cuba, China, Vietnam, and Thailand to promote U.S. commodities.