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2020 Todd County Farm Family of the year

Mark and Kim Buntjer Family

Todd County Farm Family of the year 2020

The Buntjer farm started in 2007 when Mark and Kim moved to the country. The family started out with chickens and a few calves for the children to take to the fair and eventually expanded to include registered Red Angus cattle and Boer goats. The Buntjers raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa on 360 acres of owned and rented land

Mark is the main operator of the farm. He has been involved in farming his whole life, from growing up on his parents’ farm near Worthington to managing the dairy facility at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus during college. In 2001, Mark became a managing partner at Dairyridge Inc. of Long Prairie until he left the dairy industry in 2017. Kim helps with the operation in multiple ways from chores to birthing of animals. She is also in charge of the book work.   

Mark and Kim’s oldest son, Jadon, recently graduated from North Dakota State University and is managing a large dairy in southwest Minnesota. The Buntjers’  other children, Katrina, Maria, JohnPaul and Luke, are learning how to be responsible for day-to-day chores. The children also help halter break and train the cattle and goats.

Mark has served as a delegate on the Land O Lakes Leadership Board and is currently on the Todd County Livestock Advisory Council. He is a member of the Todd County Corn and Soybean Growers Association, Todd County Farm Bureau and the Todd County Fair Board. The Buntjers are very involved members of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, where Kim serves on the church council and is a catechist and Mark serves as a lector and an eucharistic minister.  The Buntjer family is active in 4-H; both Mark and Kim are 4-H adult volunteers.