in Houston County, Minn.

Agriculture forms the backbone of our county. The Houston County EDA provides support for our local farmers and ag businesses.

What do Houston County Farmers Need?

Join us for a roundtable discussion over coffee and donuts.
Rockfilter Distillery,  113 Maple Drive, Spring Grove, Minnesota 55974 
Tuesday, March 26 from 10-11:30am 
RSVP to or (507) 458-2492
Sponsored by the Houston County EDA, Spring Grove EDA, and U of M Extension

Additional Resources:

Minnesota Department of Agriculture


Needing additional loan options? Looking for options to transition your ag business to a more sustainable model? We welcome all inquiries!
For more information, please contact EDA Director Allison Wagner at or (507) 458-2492.

Local ag business spotlights

A selection of agrictultural businesses and farmers in Houston County.

Heintz Badger Valley Farm,

Dairy farmer Doug Heintz manages over 400 acres of cropland, 170 dairy cows, and three robotic milkers.

Welke Family Farm,

Jerry and Cindy Welke of Hokah were named 2015 Outstanding Conservationists of the Year. 

Sno Pac Foods,

Long-standing organic frozen food company farms 3,000 acres locally, and contracts over 1,500 more.

Hendel Farms,

Matt Hendel of Hendel Farms near Caledonia is a third generation dairy farmer.

Exploring Non-traditional Ag Options

A few local ag businesses are exploring ways to diversify, expand, or transition their businesses and farms to more sustainable models.

Hoch Orchards,
La Crescent

In 2016, Hoch Orchards received a $15K state grant to integrate animals into its orchard system.

Nettle Valley Farm,
Spring Grove

Nettle Valley Farm raises pastured pigs, and has begun an Incubator Farm Program.

Rockfilter Distillery,
Spring Grove

Looking to cure the solitude of farming life, Christian Myrah began distilling his crops into whiskey.

Sweet 16 Farm,

Local farm explores agro-tourism business options: hop yard and flowers.