Chad and Pam Olsen Family
Chad started farming in 1987 with a small dairy farm. In 1990, the barn burned and Chad lost everything, including his herd. He continued to grain farm and started a custom combine business—Olsen Custom Farms--in 1992, with one combine.
Today, the Olsens grow corn, soybeans and small grains on their farm. They operate a 3,500-head feedlot. Chad and Pam still run a custom farming business that operates from Texas to Canada with multiple combines.
The Olsens have five children who are all involved in the farm: Josie, Claire, Ellie, Charlie and Nora; they help in the fields, take care of the animals, and in the house. As the kids get older, they take on larger roles in making the farm run smoothly.
The Olsen family is active in their church, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe. They are members of U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. They are active in the New Grove 4-H Club and volunteer at various school activities. Chad is also a volunteer firefighter with the Hendricks Fire Department.