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Gary & Dawn Pestorious

Gary & Dawn Pestorious

Gary brings over 35 years of hands on farming experience to Frontier Family Farms. He started farming in 1982 in a partnership with his father. In 1991, as his father retired, Gary purchased Pestorious Inc., a retail seed and agricultural chemical fertilizer company as well as the balance of the farm equipment. He is a fifth generation farmer.

Gary serves on the boards of three ethanol plants and is the Chairman of one.

He is also on the Shell River Watershed District board and serves on the POET Grain Board and POET biorefining.

Gary was married to Dawn in 1974 and they have two grown children. Cole, the oldest, is a partner in Frontier Family Farms, and their daughter Kelsha Pestorious.

Cole & Katie Pestorious

Cole & Katie Pestorious

Cole has had a life-long, intense vision for farming and spent his childhood working on the family farm whenever he could. In 2002, after studying Agriculture Business at Iowa, he began farming and running the fertilizer and chemical business with his father, Gary. Cole is a sixth generation farmer and a third generation Pioneer Seed Dealer. He is active in the community and currently acts Chairman of the Freeborn County Corn and Soybean Growers Association Board.

Katie (Demmer) attended Waldorf College for Business Marketing and Management and is now a stay-at-home mom that never seems to be at home with all the kids activities.  She is currently president of Sibley Elementary PTO, on the FFA Alumni Board of Directors and is a coordinator for a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day and for Healthy Kids Running Series.

Cole and Katie were married in 2005 and have three young children; Danica, Bridget and Cael.  They feel fortunate that their children will able to grow up on the farm and all three kids already have a passion for farming!  They enjoy spending as much time on the farm as they are able to!

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