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Watonwan County Farm Family

Steinle Farms

Tom and Jada Steinle are the fourth generation of family farmers to maintain the home farm that serves as Steinle Farms, Inc.'s headquarters. While the building site has undergone several transformations since Tom's great-grandmother homesteaded it in 1889, the grain operation continues to stay true to the themes of faith, teamwork and flexibility. Today, Steinle Farms implements time-tested techniques in its corn/soybean rotation, with an emphasis on land stewardship.

While Tom and his father, Lauren, and Dan Steinle (Tom's uncle) are the current shareholders of the company, it is truly a family farm. R.J. "Stub" Steinle, Larry Steinle, and Timothy Steinle (brothers to Lauren and Dan) continue to help in retirement, and Tom's younger brother Joe also enjoys contributing to the operation. Tom's many cousins and siblings remember rock-picking, bean-riding—or walking—and playing basketball in the haymow of the big red barn.

The family divides its time helping at church, enjoying family, or farming. Tom, Lauren and Dan are familiar faces at the Butterfield Threshing Bee, where they historically operate the people movers. Other community involvement includes Dan’s service on the Watonwan County FSA board and Lauren’s service on the Butterfield-Odin school board, as well as their involvement as board members and officers of the First Mennonite Church North of Butterfield.

Tom and Jada are raising the fifth generation — Adyson, Aubrey, Owyn and Ethyn. Tom enjoys coaching basketball, and the family attends the St. James Catholic Church.

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