Minnesota Farm Families of 2020 are being honored virtually this year, celebrated in an online video tribute led by University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel and available 1 p.m. Thursday, August 6. A U of M Extension Committee chooses one family per county based on their commitment to their communities and for enhancing and supporting agriculture. KMRS is spotlighting a few of this year’s honorees this week.
The Swift County Farm Family of 2020 is Greg and Kathy Tweten. Greg and Kathy grew up on their own family farms in Clay County. In 1981, Greg started farming in Kittson County, growing small grains and potatoes. In 1984, Greg moved to Swift County with his father, Russell, and his brothers, Tony and Bruce, to raise potatoes. Greg and Kathy married that same year.
The Tweten farm has expanded to include corn, sweet corn, soybeans, edible beans, and sugar beets. The family also runs a cow-calf operation that Greg and Kathy’s son, David, and his fiancé, Samantha, have taken over. Greg also farms with his brother, Tony. Greg and David run the farm full-time. Kathy works off the farm and takes vacation in the fall to help with harvest. The Twetens’ oldest son, Brandon, works in the farm shop, runs the grain cart and defoliates sugar beets.
Kathy has worked for Rice Hospice for over 30 years as a social worker. Greg and Kathy are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Benson. They’ve served on the church council, as confirmation mentors and Sunday School teachers. The couple have been 4-H leaders with the Lake Hazel Eager Beavers and continue to help with the 4-H horse project. Kathy is a Swift County Master Gardener. Brandon, David, and sons Sam and Caden have been involved in the Swift County 4-H program over the years.