Swenson Farms is a fourth-generation family farm homesteaded in 1872 by Peter Swenson. He and his son, John, grew a variety of crops and milked a few cows. In 1961, John’s sons, Jerome and Pernell, went into the dairy business. They sold grade A milk for 30 years and grew wheat, barley, oats, corn and alfalfa. Jerome’s sons, David and Craig, helped out. The Swensons got out of the dairy business in 1991.
A year later David and Craig Swenson took over the farm and grew alfalfa, corn, soybeans and wheat. Today, the brothers together farm 2,400 acres of corn and soybeans.
David and Craig’s parents, Jerome and Beatrice, still help out around the farm; the brothers have a sister, Lori, who lives in Texas.
David and Craig are both members of the Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers Associations, where David also serves on the county board. David was a board member of the Shelly Farmer’s Co-op Creamery Association for 12 years. He is assistant chief for the Shelly Volunteer Fire Department and volunteers for the Halstad and Shelly rescue squads. David also drives a school bus at Norman County West School and enjoys being the kids’ favorite driver.