Our present day farm operation looks significantly different than it did just one generation ago. In order to remain competitive in the fast-paced, global market in which we live, we, as farmers, have to be willing to change with the ever-evolving technology.
Second generation farmer Mack Stateler went from using horses to self-propelled combines and tractors with cabs. Originating as a farm that had dairy, beef cows and steers, sheep, pigs, corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay, Stateler Family Farms is now a grain crop (corn, wheat, soybeans) and pig farming with modern-day finishing barns and larger equipment.
What has not changed is our commitment to be the best at what we do, from animal care to conservation practices. We are always looking for ways to improve wherever we can, so that we can ensure our farm continues to serve future generations with the best products available for our customers.
June 3, 1874 – Sam Stateler purchases the land for the homestead for $900.00 from William N. Craig
April 3, 1881 – Sam plants Cedar Pine to mark driveway. (Worked for the next three years clearing ground.)
Nov. 15, 1884- Started building the first shed.
April 24, 1886 – Planted Orchard which included Apple, Pear, Cherry, and Plum trees.
Sep. 1, 1186 – Began logging the logs for the house.
Nov. 18, 1886 – Moved into the house.
Nov. 21, 1886 – O.M. Kelly is the first person to vist the new homestead.
( During the winters Sam forged bolts for neighbors barns at $.50 per pound. Duane still has the forge.)
Sept. 3, 1888 – Started cutting the logs for the big barn.
Nov. 24, 1888 – Big barn is raised.