John J. Helvig purchased the family farm in 1882 and his son, Knute, began farming the land in 1892. Today, Dan Helvig is the sixth generation of the Helvig family on the farm.
The Helvigs runs a corn and soybean operation dabbling in small grains and cover crops. They also raise pigs. They operate multiple wean-to-finish sites, owning half of them and custom-feeding the rest.
Jon and Karen operate the farm with their son, Dan. They also have a couple of great employees who help make the operation run smoothly. Dan’s wife, Kendra, helps with office and field work while caring for their children, Jack, Grady and Eliza.
Jon was instrumental in starting Farm4Waverly as a way to fund an ag-related worship mission teaching second graders at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul about farming and stewardship. The Helvigs’ church, Waverly Lutheran, then hosts a grand day in the fall for the students and their families. They worship together and the families learn about modern-day farming practices. Jon and Karen were honored in 2001 as Pork All Americans by the National Pork Producers Council. They were honored as Martin County Outstanding Conservationists by the local Soil and Water Conservation District. Dan currently serves on the Minnesota Pork Board as did his mom in the past.
The Helvigs are very involved in their community and volunteer with organizations including the Martin County Area Foundation, Martin County Youth Foundation and the Martin County Historical Society. Jon is a member of the Welcome State Bank Board. The Helvigs are members of several Minnesota agriculture organizations.