Dick and Marty Buckwalter started farming in 1970 on Dick’s parents’ farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 1977, because of limited space to grow, they moved with their two sons, Andy and Pat, to Minnesota. The Buckwalters purchased a farm in Milton Township in Dodge County. The family expanded their farm during the 1980s and 1990s and raised corn, soybeans, and hay. They also fed cattle and hogs.
Both Andy and Pat were part of the operation beginning at a young age helping with fieldwork and tending the livestock. Both sons attended college and returned to the farm each starting their own farming enterprise. In 2006, Dick, Andy and Pat entered into the Buckwalter partnership. Today, the farms are operated as Buckwalter Farms where corn and soybeans are grown on about 2,500 acres.
Dick, Andy and Pat are employed full time on the farm and the rest of the family helps as well. Andy’s wife, Nancy, drives the grain cart at harvest. Marty plans and delivers meals. Pat’s wife, Seanne, and their two boys, Jake and Charlie, help as well. Seanne assists with soil sampling and delivers meals and the boys pick rocks and help with other tasks.
Dick and Marty are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. Dick is a past board member at the former Agstar Financial Services and served on the Dodge County Corn Growers Board. Marty served on the County Extension Committee. Andy is a township official in Dodge County and a member of the Dodge County Corn and Soybean Growers. Pat is a certified Crop Advisor and Seanne is a Master Gardener. The Buckwalters are member of Al-corn Clean Fuel where Pat serves as the board’s vice-chair.