Goetz River Farms, Inc.

office-1024x685Duane and Dawn Goetz are the owners of Goetz River Farms, Inc. a family farm since 1944. Duane became farming partners with his father LaVern and grandfather Alfred in 1977. A year later in November of 1978 Duane and Dawn were married and two years after that their daughter Kilee was born. The family raised potatoes, corn, beans, wheat, tomatoes, carrots, squash, and cattle. Duane, along with Dawn, father LaVern and mother Marelene were to be found everyday alongside a combine, a harvester, or semi-truck. Duane’s parents moved to town in 1983 and that is when Duane and Dawn renovated the family farm house where they have resided since 1989. After the passing of LaVern in 2003, Duane and Dawn decided to retire from production farming and concentrate on their seed dealership with Beck’s Superior Hybrids.

Duane Goetz – Beck’s Hybrids Sales Representative/Crop Insurance Agent


Duane grew up alongside his father LaVern, mother Marelene, and grandfather Alfred in the fields. The love of farming was both bred and desired. Following high school graduation Duane joined the partnership, bought his first farm, married, and started a family. In 1981, Duane was approached by Crow’s Seed to become a seed salesman. Duane introduced the tri-county area to Crow’s Seed and became very successful. After leaving Crow’s, Duane was approached by Asgrow Seeds and sold for them for 6 years. Then, in 1998 Duane became interested in a family owned company from Indiana called Beck’s Superior Hybrids. Duane and his father grew Beck’s seed corn for the first time. While planting soybeans in the spring, Duane ran short of seed and called Jim Love of Beck’s and said he would need more seed in a day or two. That very afternoon, seed was delivered from the plant in Indiana to the field. At that time Duane was approached by Jim Love of any interest in becoming a seed dealer for Beck’s. That was 14 years ago and now Duane and Goetz River Farms is one of the top 10 dealerships in corn and soybeans in the Beck’s company. Wanting to improve services provided to his customers, Duane pursued a Certified Crop Advisor certification in 2001. But, that wasn’t enough. Having used crop insurance himself, Duane wasn’t satisfied with the level of service with understanding policy choices. Duane continues to grow in both seed and insurance sales through experience, commitment, knowledge and service.

Dawn Goetz – Office Manager

Dawn married into the Goetz family in 1978. Raised a town girl, Dawn always loved farm life and hard work. Alongside Duane and his parents, she learned to drive tractor- plowing and fitting ground, hoeing soybeans, sorting cattle, grading potatoes and tomatoes, and driving semi trucks loaded with both grain and tomatoes. During this same time she was completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and becoming an elementary teacher. When daughter Kilee was born in 1980, Dawn continued to teach school and work in the fields all while taking care of her family. Dawn completed her Master’s degree in 1999. Dawn taught at Sand Creek Elementary School from 1991 and retired June of 2015. While teaching was her passion and calling, Dawn enjoys cooking and baking, aerobics, yoga, and Zumba dance.  When time allows, Duane and Dawn enjoy camping in their 5th wheel camper and searching for new courses to shoot sporting clays.  Dawn thoroughly enjoys Goetz River Farms clients and is an integral part of day to day operations. One of her biggest events is the Annual Customer Appreciation Day where customers enjoy a meal prepared by Dawn and Duane.

Abby Vittore – Crop Insurance Agent / Ag Technology Lead

Abby graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management and a minor in Crop and Soil Science in May of 2016. During her time in high school, Abby was involved in 4-H and FFA and moved on to being involved in Collegiate Farm Bureau and Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority at MSU. She grew up working alongside her parents and brother, Matt, Kelly, and Jake Carpenter, on their family farm in Adrian that operates a fall agritourism business along with a few hundred acres of row crops. Most recently, Abby has stayed involved with the family farm by taking majority ownership and managing the family’s greenhouse business that was added in the spring of 2016. In her free time she enjoys doing crafts, being outdoors, and cheering on the Spartans. Abby joined River Farms Crop Insurance Agency in 2016 as a licensed crop insurance agent and works with existing and new clients with their crop insurance needs. Abby recently obtained an Unmanned Aircraft License and is the operator of Dorothy, the Goetz River Farms drone.  In addition, Abby is a trained Beck’s seed saleswoman.  Abby currently resides in the Britton area with her husband, Ben, and two dogs, Moses and Petey. We look forward to Abby’s knowledge and expertise in the fields of Agribusiness Management and Crop and Soil Science to better serve our seed and insurance clientele.

Adam Bailey – Maintenance

Adam BaileyAdam joined Goetz River Farms in the spring of 2019 as the Maintenance Manager, overseeing all aspects of property and building maintenance. He brings a love for taking on new challenges and excellent problem-solving skills to the team. Adam comes to Blissfield from Dacula, Georgia, where he previously worked for Georgia Power doing HVAC, plumbing, electrical and miscellaneous maintenance work for the operating headquarters and off site buildings. He also worked for Atlanta Gas Light as a compliance technician, ensuring adherence with company standards in residential and commercial properties. In his spare time, Adam previously was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, hiking, and riding motorcycles. He now spends his free time with his new friends and family here in Blissfield, and officially became part of the Goetz family when he married Kilee in October 2019. Dawn and Duane are thrilled to welcome their son-in-law to the farm family!