The Surprenant farm was established in 1962 by Ralph and Myrna. They grew corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and alfalfa; they also ran a farrow-to-finish hog operation and raised cattle. The Surprenants’ son, Matt, was active in the farm throughout high school and participated in 4-H and FFA. In the mid-1970s, the farm transitioned away from feeding cattle and focused on farrowing and selling feeder pigs.
Matt and Linnea Surprenant met at South Dakota State University and graduated with agriculture-related degrees. They were married in 1988 and moved to their current home located on the farm. They have two daughters, Rebecca and Megan.
In 2008, Ralph retired from farming and the family moved away from raising hogs and concentrated on corn and soybean production.
The 900-acre Surprenant farm is located near Lake Shetek in Murray County and because of its location, the family began adopting conservation practices including contours, waterways and reduced tillage, many years ago.
Matt has been a Shetek Township supervisor for over 20 years, served on the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Board, Murray County 4-H Livestock Committee and the board of the Tracy-CHS Elevator. He is a current member of the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Area School Board. Linnea is a local 4-H club leader, teaches faith formation classes and is involved in many other church related activities.