Rodd and Jamie Beyer’s farm was established in the early 1900s in Taylor Township in Traverse County. Rodd’s great-grandparents, grandparents and parents all have taken turns running the operation—each expanding acres and diversifying crops.
The current farm is scattered across 90 miles in western Minnesota and northeastern South Dakota. The Beyers grow corn, soybeans, wheat, sugar beets and grapes. They also raise pheasants and honeybees.
Rodd began farming in 1997 and his personal interests are to preserve and improve farming conditions, sustainably increase yields and use the latest technology to achieve greater efficiencies.
Jamie left outside employment in 2013 to take a more active role in the farm. She now handles the farm’s accounting and payroll needs and helps out with planting and harvest.
The Beyers’ three daughters, Aspen, Paige and Josie are becoming more active in the farm’s operation. Rodd’s mother, Darlene, also is involved.
Rodd is a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in agricultural economics. He and Jamie participated in the 2015 DuPont Young Leaders Program and both are active in Minnesota Farm Bureau. Jamie is a board member of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, Lakes Region Arts Council, Wheaton-Dumont Community Fund and Wheaton Area Community Education.