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Redwood County Farm Family

Doug and TaLana Mathiowetz Family

Doug’s great-great-grandfather, Simon Mathiowetz, was the first generation of the family to settle in and around Redwood County. Doug’s grandfather settled near Morton and raised his family of 12 children. Three of his sons continued farming with him, one of whom is Doug’s dad, David. Doug and TaLana are a fifth-generation farm family and are currently raising the sixth generation. The Mathiowetz families continue to share equipment and labor while managing their own lands. This style of farm management has been successful for many generations.

Doug and TaLana currently run a corn, soybean and hay operation with a sheep flock. The family has 200 ewes and raises about 300 lambs for meat. In past years, they grew navy beans, peas and sweet corn, and the family had a farrow-to-finish hog business.

Doug is the farm’s manager and head herdsman. TaLana is an ag advocate and part-time florist. The couple has four children. Olivia works off the farm for Intelli-Core and helps on the farm when needed. Treston is the farm’s full-time mechanic, truck driver and herdsman. Tanner will be a freshman at South Dakota State University this fall and works part-time on the farm, and Colette lends a hand around the farm as well. She is a student at Cedar Mountain High School.

Doug and TaLana are members of the Redwood County Farm Bureau and TaLana serves on the board. TaLana is a past board member and chair of the Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee. The couple are members of the Redwood County Corn and Soybean Growers and Doug serves on the Cedar Mountain School Board. TaLana is a member of the Redwood County Extension Committee and is a participant in the Redwood County LINC cohort.

The Mathiowetz kids have all been part of 4-H and FFA and have held various offices in their clubs and chapters. Olivia and Treston attended Ridgewater College.

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