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Sibley County Farm Family

Burns Family Farms

Curt Burns’ great-grandparents, Paul and Rose Quandt began farming in the early 1900s in Grafton Township. Curt’s grandparents, Walter and Erna Quandt, helped Curt’s parents, Mel and Mavis Burns, start their own farming operation in 1960. At that time, they raised mainly corn, sweet corn, peas, small grains, soybeans, and sugar beets. Curt’s parents worked side by side on the farm raising Curt and his three older sisters, Debbie, Sandy, and Kathie. Curt’s father also worked off the farm as a mechanic for many years.

Curt joined the farm operation in 1991. His parents retired in 1996 but helped for many years until their passing in 2014 and 2015. Curt and Jackie were married in 1998 and have worked together along with their three children, Emily, Andrew, and Matthew, to make the farm a success. The family raises corn for ethanol and feed, and soybeans for oil and meal. The Burnses also operate an independent crop consulting business for area farmers.

Curt and Jackie are owners/operators of their farm. Jackie is the office manager for the crop consulting business. Curt and Jackie’s children are involved in operations on the farm as well as conducting soil sampling for the crop consulting business. Emily will be a senior at Southwest Minnesota State University majoring in ag communications. Andrew will be a senior at GFW High School and Matthew will be a freshman at GFW this fall.

Curt is a charter member of the Sibley/Nicollet County Corn and Soybean Growers Association. He is a member of the Minnesota Independent Crop Consultants Association and a Certified Crop Advisor. Curt is a McLeod Co-op Power Operation Roundup trustee and a Grafton Township Supervisor. The Burns family are members of the Transit Trailblazers 4-H Club and members of Peace Lutheran Church in Winthrop.

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