The Rotty Family was named the Farm Family of the Year in Dakota County and the fourth-generation farming operation was honored during a special Dakota County Board of Commissioners meeting at the Dakota County Fair on August 12.
“The Rottys are like so many of our past Farm Families of the Year that have contributed so much to agriculture and our community,” said Commissioner Mike Slavik. “They help make Dakota County such a great place to live.”
Rotty Farms was founded by Alphonse and Matilda Rotty in 1934 and they continued to farm until 1962, when it was taken over by their son Robert and his wife Kathleen. Robert and Kathleen ran the operation until 2005 when two of their sons, Tom and Gary, and their spouses, Ann and Amy, created Rotty Farms LLC in 2006. Rotty Farms is 660 acres and the family grows corn, soybeans, sweet corn, peas and hay. They also raise beef.
The Rotty family also has a history of civic involvement. Alphonse was Nininger town supervisor from 1958-1962 and Bob has been township supervisor since 1981 and served on the township planning commission. Gary currently is on the Nininger Township Planning Commission.
The University of Minnesota Family Recognition program acknowledges families across the state of Minnesota for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.