Gary and Kari Goplen Family
Goplen Florida Creek Farms is a family farm in western Minnesota, near Canby. Gary’s grandfather and father both farmed and Gary joined them in the operation after his high school graduation. Through Gary’s early farming career, the farm consisted mostly of cropland, a 500-head feedlot and a farrow-to-finish operation. In 1995, the first beef cows were purchased for a 4-H project and the Goplen farm became a cow/calf operation as well.
Today, the farm consists of 1,350 acres of cropland primarily growing corn, soybeans and alfalfa. The family also owns 130 acres of pasture for the 100 cow/calf pairs.
Gary and Kari live on the farm and are active in all aspects of it. They have four children: Terra, Jared, Kelsey and Tyler. Terra and her husband, Tim, along with their three children live in Hospers, Iowa, but return to the farm to help in the fall. Jared and his wife, Marissa, live on an acreage in Dawson with their daughter. Kelsey is a teacher in Pipestone and returns to help at harvest, and Tyler is a student at North Dakota State University majoring in ag business and animal science. Both Jared and Tyler are involved in the farm while employed off the farm.
Gary and Kari have been involved in local 4-H, serving as club leaders, on the leaders council, and livestock committees. Gary is a member of the Midwest Cattlemen Association, serves on the county zoning board, the SDSP board and the board at Covenant Church. Kari has been employed at St. Peter’s School for 14 years and Regnier Auction Company for 23 years. All the Goplen children were involved in 4-H and FFA while growing up. They also served as ambassadors and beef princesses with the Midwest and Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Associations.