Stoffel Family Farm

Dakota County

Fourth generation farmers Dan and Greg Stoffel raise corn, soybeans, specialty crops and beef cattle on their farm in Vermillion Township. The Stoffel farm dates back to 1904. The brothers’ great-grandfather purchased the original farm of 80 acres. Through the years, the farm has expanded and evolved. In the past, the Stoffels raised and milked dairy cows, had as many as 50 sows and managed a farrow-to-finish operation. Stoffel family members are very proud of their large garden that everyone benefits from.

Dan and Greg lead the day-to-day operations with help from two of their nephews--Jason and Brian. Dan and Greg’s father, Wally, maintains a lot of interest in the farm.

In 2013, the Stoffels were awarded the Outstanding Conservationist Award by the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District for the family’s effort in reducing nitrate runoff. They have over 300 acres of the farm in the Dakota County Farmland and Natural Areas Program. In addition, they’ve worked with University of Minnesota Extension to host nitrogen plots where research has led to new nitrogen management guidelines for corn growers on irrigated, sandy soils. They use minimum tillage practices.

Dan and Greg are members of St. John’s Church and School in Vermillion and supported their nieces and nephews with their 4-H projects. The extra produce from the Stoffel gardens goes to the Hastings Food Shelf. 


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