Mark and his wife, Roxy, have four daughters Alyssa, Amanda, Abby and Ahnna. They have also been blessed with two grandchildren. They own a 500 head feedlot near Gilfillan (between Redwood Falls and Morgan, MN in Redwood County). They also raise corn, soybeans, sweet corn and peas.
Mark grew up on a dairy farm near Morgan MN. They moved to town when he was in the seventh grade. His dad bought a farm bulk fuel business. Mark later was able to purchase the farm he is on now, from a customer of his dad’s. Mark went through the Minnesota Farm Security Program in 1979, it was a program set up to help beginning farmers purchase land.
Mark currently serves as the chair of the Minnesota Beef Council. The mission of the Minnesota Beef Council is to enhance opportunities for growth and success in the beef industry through Promotion, Research and Education through the producer funded, beef checkoff investment program. “The checkoff helps to communicate with the consumers and producers of our product- BEEF,” said Mark Malecek.
Besides enjoying spending time with family and friends, Mark enjoys flying. He recently soloed and is in the process of getting his private pilot’s license. The Malecek’s recently purchased a Cessna 172 airplane along with three other friends who enjoy flying.
When asked to give advice to young people interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, Mark said, “Don’t be deterred by the present “start up” cost of getting into farming. Anything is possible if you want it bad enough. I think the key is showing your hard work ethic to current farmers. With the average age of farmers today at 58 years, many farmers are watching for that young person that could work into their farming operation.”