David and Damaris Bergeson Family
David Bergeson began his farming career during his junior year of high school when he rented a neighboring 120-acre farm. Soon after, David and his father began farming in partnership and David, over the years, would begin expanding his farm operation to the 640 acres that he and his family run today.
David is a student of soil biology and embraces lower environmental impact methods of farming, including management of residues, water conservation, reduced erosion, soil fertility and the use of biological products in place of chemicals where possible. He studied ag management at Ridgewater College and graduated in 1990.
The Bergesons raise corn and soybeans. They irrigate about 110 acres with a center pivot irrigation system. The family is looking at alternative crops as well, with the goal of adding greater variety and profitably into the operation.
David makes most of the decisions on the farm’s operation. His wife, Damaris, provides needed outside opinions and coordinates family life. David and Damaris have three children: Michael, Laura and Evan.
David is a current board member of the Lac qui Parle Farm Bureau and a current Riverside Township supervisor. He is a past board member of Dawson Grain Co-op and a past member of the Lac qui Parle Extension Committee. David is also involved with the local Ag in the Classroom effort.
The Bergeson family is active in CrossRoads Lutheran Congregation Church in Dawson—especially youth ministry. The Bergeson kids participate in 4-H as well as band and choir at school.