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Wadena County Farm Family

Randy and Jodi Becker

Randy and Jodi were both raised on farms. Randy is from St. Michael in Wright County and Jodi is from Blue Grass. Randy farmed with his parents until 2000 when his parents retired and sold the farm. Jodi’s parents were dairy farmers and they retired in 1991. After Randy's parents retired, he continued to help neighboring farmers for the next two years and then in 2003 started solely on his own.

Randy and Jodi were married in 2005 and made their home in St. Michael until 2011, but they started farming in Wadena County in 2006. At one point, they were farming land in Wadena County and Wright County at the same time as well as working full-time jobs. They continued to do this until they found a farm to purchase in October 2011. Randy and Jodi purchased their farm from Jerry and Debbie Fischer. It had been in the Fischer family for 98 years.

There were a lot of changes in 2011, as that also was the year that Becker Transport was established. Randy had quit his full-time job to start Becker Transport. The Beckers started their trucking business hauling agricultural commodities and have diversified and grown from one truck to seven.

Randy and Jodi give a lot of credit to family members, past employers, and friends who have taught them so much. Randy's past employer, Hassan Sand & Gravel in Rogers, Minn., was a huge influence on his future. The Beckers' current operation mirrors that of Hassan Sand & Gravel, in which they crop farmed, milked cows, and had a trucking company. They taught the Beckers how to work hard, play hard, and treat all their employees as extended family. The family's motto is "Nobody works for us, they work with us."

The Beckers' current farm operation consists of corn, soybeans and hay rotation along with raising a few steers. Over the years, talking and just listening to the families that have farmed here their whole lives have taught the Beckers a lot about the do's and don'ts of crop farming in this area.

Randy and Jodi have two children, Lauren and Luke. Both kids help on the farm with baling hay, feeding cows and horses, keeping up with the daily chores and washing trucks. Lauren is currently in 4-H, and the family has sponsored the Pride Auction as well as 4-H Horse Project.

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