The Amdahl farm has been in the family since 1892 and has been recognized as a Century Farm. Don Amdahl is a third-generation farmer;, his son, Darren, is the fourth generation; and his son, Jaden, is the fifth generation of Amdahls on the land.
The Amdahls’ operation had been a registered Holstein dairy and crop farm until 2003, when they chose to retire from milking cows and concentrate on crop farming. The family raises corn, soybeans, and wheat. They also raise 70 head of Black Angus beef cattle.
Don Amdahl is still active on the farm, but plans to retire soon. Don’s wife, Sandy, was the parts runner for the operation and Darren’s wife, Jen, has now taken over the job. Darren oversees the day-to-day operation of the farm. Jaden recently graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in ag science and is returning to the family farm to begin his farming career. Darren and Jen’s other children, Ryan and Ashlyn, help with various chores around the farm.
The Amdahls are members of the Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers Associations. Don served on the Atwater Creamery Board and the board of United FCS. Darren is currently the Vice President of Central Counties Co-op Board and has served on the Meeker County Extension Committee. The family is very involved in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater, where Darren is currently council chair. Don and Sandy are active supporters of Atwater Help for Seniors and Don delivers Meals on Wheels.