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Wadena County Farm Family

Goeden Family Farm

The Goeden family has been farming their land in central Minnesota for 140 years. Kevin and Gail are currently the fourth generation of the family to farm and are in the process of transitioning to the fifth generation.

The Goedens operate a 150-cow dairy farm. They raise their own replacement heifers and grow alfalfa, corn and oats. The family rotationally graze their cattle and practice no-till, cover crops and strip farming.

Kevin is the farm manager; he milks cows and does fieldwork. Gail raises the calves. Their son, Jack, manages the dairy operation and helps with fieldwork. His wife, Angela, helps milk cows and feed calves when needed. Kevin and Gail’s other children, Jacob, Matthew and Macey help when they are around as needed.

All the Goeden kids have been involved in 4-H. The family is active in their church. Kevin is on the local co-op board.

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