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Swift County Farm Family

Jess and Tammy Berge and Family

The Berge farm is a first-generation farm. Jess and Tammy started farming in 1999 with a cow/calf operation. In 2003, they purchased their current farm to be able to expand their livestock business.

The family’s farm consists of a cow/calf herd, a lambing through finish sheep operation and the Berges grow corn, soybeans and alfalfa. The family uses rotational grazing for their livestock.

Jess is a full-time operator and a part-time mason contractor. After 20 years of being a stay-at-home mom and helping to build the farm, Tammy is now back at work full time as an accountant. She also continues to help around the farm.

Jess and Tammy have four children. Levi is employed at the Swift County Highway Department and is actively involved in the day-to-day operation of the farm. Brittany is a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College. Abby will be a senior in high school this fall and Austin will enter 7th grade. All of the children have been active 4-H members.

Tammy has served on the Norway Lake Township board, the Swift County Extension Committee, and the 4-H advisory board. She is currently serving on the board of Sunburg Free Lutheran Church. Jess served on the Swift County Extension Committee and the 4-H livestock board. He is currently on the board at the family’s church, on the Kerkhoven Township board, and on the Swift County FSA board.

The Berges are members of the Pipestone Lamb and Wool Association and the Glacial Ridge Cattlemen’s Association.

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