In addition to raising 1,200 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay near Scotts in Kalamazoo County, Mitch Kline runs Full Swath Harvesting, a custom seed corn harvesting business.
A first-generation farmer with a passion for working the land, Kline put in his first 10-acre hay crop at age 14, and since then has worked tirelessly to grow and manage his business. Soon after that first successful year he began working with a mentor to sharpen his sustainable farming practices and add acreage through local connections.
Since earning his degree in agricultural business management from Michigan State University in 2015, Kline has focused on investing more time in his farm — and his Farm Bureau involvement.
He attributes his success to date to open-minded diversification, aggressively pursuing opportunities and an outstanding work force at Full Swath. He and his team thrive in an upbeat, fast-paced environment with a close-knit family feel that values everyone’s contributions.
Mitch’s Farm Bureau involvement began in 2016 when he joined the Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau Board of Directors — a local leadership role that quickly grew into advocating for the industry statewide. He joined MFB’s State Young Farmer Committee in 2019 and has capitalized on the opportunity to connect with farmers from across the state and embrace the program’s leadership development capabilities.
Mitch and his wife Brandie have three boys: Raylan, Travis and Luke.