Rochert couple chosen as Becker County's 'Outstanding Farm Leaders'

Rochert farmers Jerry and Nancy Matter have been chosen by the Red River Valley Development Association's 2021 "Outstanding Farm Leaders" for Becker County. Though on going pandemic restrictions mean that RRVDA's annual honor banquet will not be held this year, the Matters will receive a mantle clock commemorating the honor.

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Jerry and Nancy Matter (center) with their children and grandchildren. The Matters were recently named by the Red River Valley Development Association as Becker County's "Outstanding Farm Leaders" for 2021. (Submitted photo)

The Red River Valley Development Association (RRVDA) has recently named Jerry and Nancy Matter of Rochert as its “Outstanding Farm Leaders” for Becker County.

Rochert residents Jerry and Nancy Matter were recently chosen as Becker County's Outstanding Farm Leaders for 2021 by the Red River Valley Development Association. (Submitted photo)

The Matters were one of 16 couples from 14 counties across northwest Minnesota who earned the honor. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Annual Red River Valley Development Honor Banquet will not be held this year, but the couple will be honored with a mantel clock.

Couples were selected based on their impact on the farming industry, their service to their communities, and how they lived and worked to enhance the quality of life in northwest Minnesota.


Jerry’s farming career started at the age of five, when he began driving an H International tractor during haying season on his parents’ farm in Callaway. Jerry and Nancy were married in 1975, and farming turned into a wonderful life for the Matter family. It proved to be a great opportunity to raise their four children, Jay, Kari, Ben and Alex.

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Jerry Matter (center) with his grandchildren. Jerry and his wife Nancy were recently named as Becker County's Outstanding Farm Leaders for 2021 by the Red River Valley Development Association. (Submitted photo)

The family appreciates hard work, discipline, and a great community of people. At the time of their retirement in 2019, they were farming 4,000 acres of wheat and beans.

The Matters are active in their community: Jerry is currently a director of the local Farm Bureau and a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club, while Nancy is a member of Christian Mothers. Both are members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, where Nancy teaches baptism classes, is a lector and a sacristan, and where both Jerry and Nancy serve as communion ministers. They also both are volunteer educators for Ag in the Classroom in Frazee and Detroit Lakes.

The RRVDA is funded through annual allocations from the county boards of commissioners in northwest Minnesota. Bruce Hein, Audubon, currently represents Becker County on the RRVDA Board of Directors.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at
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