By the University of Minnesota Extension Service
The land farmed by Nic and Megan Olson’s family was purchased in 1915 and has been in the family for 107 years. Nic Olson’s great-grandparents, Harry and Alice, raised wheat, barley, turkeys, and cattle.
In 1951, Nic’s grandparents, Marvin and Harriet, took over the farm and continued with cattle, wheat, barley, corn, and soybeans.
The cattle operation was phased out and by 1981 Nic’s parents, Loren and Sherry, moved onto the farm and took over the operation. They added a small pork business that ran for about ten years, in addition to growing wheat, barley, corn and soybeans.
During the difficult years of the 1980s, Loren took a full-time job off the farm and in the 1990s the land was rented to a neighbor. In 2010, the family’s land was placed in CRP for a decade.
In 2016, Nic and his wife, Megan, moved to the farm and worked to establish an organic regenerative farming system that focused on annual grains and beans. They’ve set up a rotational grazing system that mimics natural grazing patterns and have worked to rebuild their soil.
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