In 1935, Ralph Joseph Adams began the Adams family farming legacy when he began a small operation growing hay and small grains in the Buxton, North Dakota area. Ralph’s early farming years were complicated by severe drought, low commodity prices, and poor crops. Ralph later moved to the Grand Forks, North Dakota area and continued to farm hay, small grains and eventually sugarbeets. Ralph’s only son Darrell eventually joined the farming operation and expanded the farm from a few hundred acres to over 4000 acres; adding edible beans, soy beans, and more sugarbeets to their repertoire of crops.
Darrell’s son Steve grew up on the farm and often will state, “I’ve farmed my whole life”. In 1977, Steve suffered a serious farm accident which nearly cost him his life. Ralph and Darrell, alone, lifted a 15 foot cultivator wing off of Steve while another employee pulled him out, unconscious, from under the wing. The hydraulic system of the cultivator had malfunctioned and one entire wing of the cultivator came down on Steve, smashing him into the concrete slab. Fortunately, although suffering major injuries, he recovered fully and was able to continue to grow and expand the farm, both in size and in diversity. Edible beans including pinto, navy, red kidney and other special bean varietals, such cranberry beans, were added to the farm’s crop profile and became a major contributor to the overall success of the agricultural operation.
In 2011, after finishing college, a 4th generation Adams, Christopher, joined the family farm operation and today plays a major role in the strategic planning and management of the now over 6,500 acre agricultural operation.
Today, the Adams Family Farm Partnership continues to focus on providing high quality agricultural products using innovative farming strategies and the latest crop technologies. They continue to diversify their crop selection to meet the needs of the global food market and to be good stewards of the black, nutrient rich Red River Valley soil in which they are fortunate to be able to farm.