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Dakota County Farm Family

Rotty Farms

Rotty Farms is a fourth-generation family farm that began with Alphonse and Matilda Rotty in 1934. The couple farmed until 1962. Their son, Robert (Bob), worked the farm with his parents raising corn, oats, hay, cattle, chickens and pigs. Bob and his wife, Kathleen, took over the farm in 1963 and farmed together until 2005. They raised nine children on the farm. Two of their children, sons Tom and Gary, started farming with their parents in the 1980s and ’90s.

Tom and Gary, along with their spouses, Ann and Amy, formed Rotty Farms LLC in 2006. Today the families raise 660 acres of corn, soybeans, sweet corn, peas, hay and raise beef. Bob is retired but still helps with the operation. Gary and Amy’s son, Jacob, works on the farm as well as helping with chores and fieldwork.

The Rotty family has been very involved in their community for a long time. Alphonse was a Nininger town supervisor from 1958 until 1962. Bob has served as township supervisor since 1981 and previously served on the township planning commission. 

Gary and Amy’s children, Jacob, Ruby, Julia and Grace, have all been involved in 4-H. Jacob restored a 1936 Farmall F-20 that he took to the county and state fair in 2019. Ruby, Julia and Grace have taken photography, food and craft projects to the Dakota County fair. Gary also works off the farm as an engineering manager and currently serves on the Nininger Township Planning Commission. Amy is a nurse and has volunteered as a 4-H club leader.

Tom and Ann’s children Chris and Robert have both worked on farms through their high school years and pursued off-the-farm careers after college. Chris is married to Jenna and they have two children, Walter and Clare. Ann works at a local trucking company and volunteers at the local hospital auxiliary. Tom also works at the local implement dealer and is a seed salesman for local farmers.

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