The Larson Family
Larry’s father, Lyall, started the family farm in 1938. Growing up, Larry enjoyed raising hogs as a 4-H project. From the 4-H project, he learned how to manage livestock and make money. Therefore, he followed his dreams as he went to the U of M where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics. After college, he went home to farm and to raise a family. Farming with his dad and brother, they raised corn, turkeys, and hogs. They marketed 3,500 to 4,000 pigs a year. They also sold Pioneer Seed. In 1965, Larry, his brother Vance, and his father bought the Sargeant Grain Company. A few years after Lyall died (1999), Vance and Larry separated their partnership. Today the family uses contract growers as they market 45,000 hogs per year; 36,000 farrow-to-finish. Larry’s son Don is now the chief operating officer. Don’s management includes a comprehensive understanding of risk management and concentrates daily on marketing grain and hogs. Besides the pigs, the family farms 500 acres annually, growing alfalfa, corn, and soybeans. The family is in the process of selling the turkey operation.
Larry has two sons and a foster daughter. Susie Larson passed in December of 2007. She was a strong partner in the operation. She worked in the elevator for 42 years doing the bookwork and the government regulatory work. In the community, Larry and Suzanne have been involved in church and youth ministry, the Mower County Farm Bureau, Mower County Pork Producers, Pork Industry Group of the National Livestock and Meat Board, and Advisory Committee for the U of M Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca.