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Waseca County Farm Family

Roeker Family

Casey and Natalie Roeker’s farm was designated as a Century Farm in 2007. Casey’s dad started farming the land in 1976 with his father and together they grew corn, soybeans and wheat. They also raised hogs, including a farrow-to-finish business.

After Casey’s grandfather passed away in 1982, Casey’s father continued farming until 1994 when he went to work for Land O’ Lakes in feed sales. At that time Casey and his brother became very involved in the operation of the farm.

Today, Casey and Natalie Roeker farm 580 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa. They also raise 100 to 110 replacement heifers annually for a dairy in Rice County and the family raises feeder cattle—finishing 10-15 head each year. The Roekers also sell feeder calves.

Casey handles day-to-day operations on the farm. He also works with livestock at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca. Natalie is also involved in daily operations and takes care of the books.

The Roekers have three children: Hadley works hard with the calves’ feed and bedding and cleans waterers in the feedlot. Presley helps clean buckets and bed hutches, and Nash helps clean buckets and water calves—especially in the summer.

Casey serves on the Trinity Lutheran Church Council in New Richland. Casey and Natalie are active 4-H adult leaders and help with the county fair. Casey is a member of Ducks Unlimited. Casey and Natalie enjoy spending time in the summer months watching their kids’ sporting events and showing cattle and hogs.

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