Joe and Pat DeGrood
The DeGrood Bros. farm was established in 1931. The farm started with 200 acres and had a dairy, hog, chicken, corn, small grains, and alfalfa operation. Today the DeGrood brothers raise dairy replacement heifers and finish out approximately 2400 hogs a year. They also manage 1500 acres growing corn, soybeans, small grains, and alfalfa. The farm is run by Joe and Pat, with the help of their wives and children. Joe is married to Connie and they have a daughter Sarah. Pat is married to Clarice and they have two daughters Breanna and Karlie. Joe and Pat’s mother Joanne DeGrood also helps on the farm as the bookkeeper and the “gopher.”
The DeGrood brothers are active on the Divine Mercy Catholic School Advisory Council and Divine Mercy Catholic Church. They are also involved with Rice County Pork Producers, Corn Growers, and Rice County 4-H. Joe is on the River Bend Nature Center Committee, and Pat is a part-time fire fighter/EMT for the City of Faribault. He is also involved with Rice County 4-H Boosters Club. The brothers are honored to receive this award as their parents Robert and Joanne DeGrood were awarded this award 20 years ago in 1992.