Business Briefs for Nov. 6

Erickson attends leadership institute

Tyler Erickson, farm manager and licensed real estate salesperson at Northwestern Farm Management Company, recently attended the Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. with the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Erickson met with influential government officials and state congressional leaders to discuss some of the biggest issues facing agriculture policy today.

Northwestern Farm Management Company is a locally-owned business in Marshall specializing in farm management, farm sales and appraisal services.

Deutz joins Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association field staff

The Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association board of directors has contracted Allen Deutz of Marshall to work as part of its field staff. The SWMFBMA staff works directly with over 125 producers in nine southwest Minnesota counties helping them improve their farm financial records, decision-making, management and financial success.

“We are looking forward to the new energy, ideas and talent that Allen will bring to the SWMFBMA team,” said Don Nitchie, field staff for the SWMFBMA and U of MN Extension educator. “His background and knowledge of agriculture will serve our member farms well.”

Deutz is resident of Marshall, growing up on the family crop, livestock and dairy farm. He currently farms part-time producing crops and farrow to finish natural pork for Niman Ranch. Deutz is also a graduate research assistant in the Department of Economics at SDSU in Brookings. He has experience in real estate sales in Marshall and as an agricultural lender trainee with Minnwest Bank in Redwood Falls. He also ran a dairy operation from 2008-2016.

Deutz graduated magna cum laude from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in ag business and finance. He is currently completing a master’s degree in economics at South Dakota State University. He has served on the Lyon County SWC District board since 2010 and was president of the SMSU Ag Business Club and a senator on SMSU’s Student Association.

During the first few months of Deutz’s contract, his work will be limited to allow him to focus on finishing his graduate degree. Deutz will soon be fully engaged delivering all SWMFBMA services to members including member recruitment, tax planning and preparation, farm financial analysis and on-farm consultations and planning. He will join the field staff of Don Nitchie, Garen Paulson and Tonya Knorr.

For more information about the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association or on becoming a member, contact Gretchen Thillen at 507-752-5094 or