The Toquam Family Farm of Blooming Prairie has a rich history that dates back to 1939 when Clifford and Hannah Toquam owned the farm. At the start, the farm had 560 acres, only of which 45 were tillable. Besides tiling the land so he was able to farm it, Clifford welcomed the idea of new technology in his area by being the first in his area to place rubber tires on his 1940 WC Allis Chalmers tractor. He was also one of the first in the state of Minnesota to use a dryer to dry his corn. After Clifford, the farm was passed to Clifford’s son Orlo and his wife Carole. They continued in the path Clifford had set and were honored as Farm Family in 1980. Today the farm is run by Roger and Rhonda with the help of their three sons Brennen, Josh, and Isaiah.
Roger serves on the Ripley township board, Dodge County Corn and Soybean Growers Associations, and AI Corn Board of Directors. Rhonda serves on the Dodge County FSA board. The Toquams promote the corn and soybean industry by entering an annual unit in the 4th of July parade. The past few years they have also sponsored radio ads with fun facts about ethanol, biodiesel, and pork during the broadcasts of the Blooming Prairie football games. In 2012, the Minnesota Soybean Growers created and posted five YouTube videos featuring the Toquams, and in 2013 they were awarded “Farm Family Advocate of the Year” from the Southeast Minnesota Ag Alliance.