Joel and Amanda Mathiowetz Family
Joel is a fifth-generation farmer working alongside his father, brother and two uncles raising corn, soybeans and peas. Joel graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in agriculture business. He began his professional career as a 4-H program coordinator, then worked as a lender and a crop risk management consultant before returning to the family farm 10 years ago. In 2012, Joel married Amanda and they have two children, Leo and Lucy.
In addition to farming, Joel owns and operates Farm Gate Insurance Agency providing crop insurance services for area farmers. He also runs Farm Gate Consulting offering business guidance. Amanda is a former art teacher and now a stay at home mom and freelance designer.
Joel serves as executive director of the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, where he helps raise funds for the Minnesota Ag in the Classroom program that provides free agricultural curriculum for Minnesota schools.
Joel is involved in a variety of agriculture organizations including the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers Associations, local 4-H and FFA chapters, ProAg of Renville County and the Redwood Falls Chamber Ag Committee. Joel is a Class IV graduate of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program.