Palace City Profile: Farm life brings Buechlers back to Mitchell
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Anthony and McKayla Buechler are delighted to be back on the family farm since August. McKayla's family farm is about 20 miles northeast of Mitchell. She grew up in Alexandria.
"Growing up here, I loved being in a small town but having Mitchell so close," McKayla said.
The Buechlers have a daughter, Davy Rae, who is 17 months, with another baby expected to join the family in February. They will be attending Hanson Elementary School.
Anthony added, "We are very new back to the area, and excited to see what Mitchell has to offer. We are members of the church McKayla grew up in, Downtown First United Methodist Church, here in Mitchell and look forward to being more involved with them."
McKayla and Anthony met while attending South Dakota State University. Anthony grew up in Bath, South Dakota, and loved spending time on his grandparents' farm. He has always enjoyed being outdoors.
When it came time to decide on his career, the debate for Anthony was between becoming a conservation officer, also known as a game warden. After an internship with North Central Farmers' Elevator, he knew that agronomy was what he wanted for a career path. He now works as a sales agronomist at Agtegra, out of the Woonsocket office.
McKayla originally planned to attend Black Hills State University, majoring in Elementary and Special Education. In the final months of her senior year of high school, she changed her mind, deciding on SDSU instead.
"I attended a John Deere Precision Ag clinic here in Mitchell, then working with my dad on the family farm using the up-and-coming farm technology, I pondered the idea of a major in Agriculture Systems Technology (AST). Then, when my dad was diagnosed with cancer, I knew I was meant to go to SDSU for AST and return to the family farm."
Meeting Anthony at SDSU delayed the Buechler's coming back to the farm, but "we knew we would get back here as soon as we both knew it was right for us," added McKayla. She works at Plains Commerce Bank as an Ag Business Banker.
Since moving back to Mitchell, the Buechlers have enjoyed some of their favorite things. Harvesting and hunting are two favorite fall activities for the family. Anthony fills his spare time on a boat, in a tree stand, outside with the dog, or helping McKayla's dad, David, and her brother Chet on the family farm.
McKayla spends her free time with her "bag gig," empowering women, partying with Thirty-One gifts, helping on the farm, or just hanging out with family.
"We enjoy many activities, hunting, fishing, and being outside." They have been even more enjoyable as a family."
"Moving back to the Mitchell area and to the family farm means we will be here forever." "We are in the process of figuring out our dream home and planting our permanent roots on the family farm," says McKayla.