Philip and Denise Olson

Marshall County

The Olson family farm was originally homesteaded by Philip’s grandparents, Olaf and Agnes, in 1938.   His grandparents, along with his parents, Marvin and Ida, farmed until Marvin passed in 1973. Philip started farming the land in 1978.

The farm currently operates on about 3,300 acres.  Most of the land is in wheat and soybeans. There is a small amount of alfalfa as well.

The Olsons have four daughters:  Abby and her husband, Trevor, have three kids, Piper, Hank and Camden and reside in Bemidji.  Their daughter, Hilary and husband, Spenser, have a son, Tosh, and live in Grand Forks. Their daughter, Sydney, lives in Minneapolis and attends the University of Minnesota.  Their daughter, Jessica, will attend the University of Minnesota Crookston this fall pursuing a degree in Agricultural Systems Management. Jessica currently rents 320 acres from Phillip and Denise where she raises wheat and soybeans.

The Olsons are members of the Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers Associations.  They’ve served on the Marshall County Corn and Soybean Grower Association boards.   They are 4-H volunteers and supporters. Denise is President of the Organic Crop Improvement Association and serves on her county Extension committee.  She has also served on the boards of the 4-H Federation, Warren Rod and Gun Club and the local FSA .


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