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Stevens County Farm Family

Duncan Family

The Duncan family has farmed in Stevens County since 1917 when Walter and Nellie Duncan purchased the southwest quarter of Moore Township section 4. In 1926, wind took down the original barn and the family constructed a second barn and lived in a corner of it for a year until they finished building their house.

The farm operation continued with Walter and Nellie’s son Charles along with his wife, Agnes, taking over in 1943. Their son Roger and his wife, Arlene, ran the farm beginning in 1969, and currently, the farm is operated by the next generations of the Duncan family, Brett and Heather along with their children, Krista and Connor.

Brett and Heather’s farm is a mid-sized, diversified operation growing corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and edible beans using conventional, minimum and no-till systems.

Brett manages the farm full-time with assistance from Heather. Krista and Connor help on the farm in the shop and in the field. The Duncans have a full-time employee, Eric, and hire other part-time employees during the busy season.

Brett serves on the Hancock School board and the Moore Township board. He also serves on the animal science committee managing the 4-H sheep show at the Stevens County Fair and served on the county FSA committee in the past. Heather has been a 4-H leader and is a special education teacher at the Midwest Special Education Cooperative. She is also a Sunday School teacher and helps with the Awana program at the family’s church.

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