History


Founded in 1956 by Thomas Schwartz Sr., Schwartz Farms began as a 200 acre grain and dairy farm.  With a lot of hard work and ultimately by the grace of God, Schwartz Farms has evolved and expanded over the past 60 years.

  • 1956

    Schwartz Farms was established by Thomas Schwartz Sr. as a dairy and 200 acre grain farm.  Shortly afterwards he married his wife, Jean, and together they had four children--Thomas Jr., Daniel, Jeannine and Sabrina.
  • 1979

    Tom Sr. and his two sons, Tom Jr. and Dan, sold their dairy cows and continued farming approximately 600 acres of grain, while also selling hay and straw.
  • 1979

    Also in the same year, Dan with his wife, Pam, purchased 10 sows farrow to finish.  Over the next 15 years, their hog farm grew to approximately 120 sows and 1,500 head total.
  • 1989

    Schwartz Farms formed a general partnership between Tom Sr., Tom Jr. and Dan, farming roughly 1,500 acres of grain at this time.
  • Late 1994

    Dan and Pam sold all of their pigs and ended their hog business.  Schwartz Farms became an all grain farm moving forward.
  • 1995

    Tom Sr. passed away in September this year. A new grain bin and elevator system were installed the same fall.
  • Late 1997

    Schwartz Farms began construction of their seed plant facility.
  • 1998

    The seed plant construction was completed and Schwartz Farms officially launched its seed business.  Schwartz Farms immediately got involved in food grade soybean production and became an international player by contracting 400 bushels of non-GMO food grade soybeans with Saitama Ryoukoku Company, a Japanese business.
  • 1999

    Schwartz Farms contracted approximately 3,800 bushels of non-GMO food grade soybeans with its first domestic partner, House Foods, a food manufacturer on the U.S. east coast. At this time, Schwartz Farms began contracting local growers for non-GMO food grade soybean production in order to meet the buyers' demand. Dan Schwartz visited Toyko, Japan, to meet the farm's Japanese business partners for the first time.
  • Fall 2012

    Schwartz Farms built a new warehouse as an extension to our seed plant in order to store seed, pallets, proboxes, equipment, etc.
  • Summer & Fall 2014

    Schwartz Farms added new state of the art equipment to its seed plant facility, which included a 1) robotic stacker and bagging line, 2) cleaner and 3) color sorter.  The color sorter is 1 of 2 in the entire United States.
  • Present Day

    Schwartz Farms is currently a grain farm and seed company that grows and sells soybeans, corn, wheat, oats, alfalfa, rye and other cover crops for seed and food production depending on the commodity.  We are currently farming 3,300 acres of land for seeds and grain.  Additionally, we have over 8,500 acres of contracted food grade soybeans for production.