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Dodge County Farm Family

Rod and Vicki Jorgenson 

Harry and Blanche Jorgenson began farming between Kasson and Mantorville in southeast Minnesota before they purchased the current home farm between Kasson and Byron in 1933. Rod’s parents, Lester and Elaine, farmed with Harry and expanded the operation which included crops and feeding out hogs and cattle. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Rod returned home to farm with his parents. Rod and Vicki were married in 2007 and moved to the farm four years later. Lester passed away in 2009.

Today, the Jorgensons grow corn and soybeans. Rod manages the farm and takes care of the day-to-day operations. Vicki helps wherever she is needed, including running the dryer in the fall and overseeing the rock-picking crew in the spring. Vicki and Elaine prepare meals and help shuttle equipment operators to the fields.

Rod, Vicki and Elaine are active members of Autumn Ridge Church in Rochester. In the past, Rod and Vicki took part in church lead missions to work at a school and orphanage in Kenya.

Rod is the current chair of the Al-Corn ethanol plant board and serves on the Farm Service Agency County Committee.

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