started actively helping on the farm in the late 70's while growing up and going to school in Twin Valley. After attending North Dakota State University and then taking an ag position in Grand Forks, he returned to the family farm in 1992 to join his father Eldred and brother Jeff.
Ross' wife, Rhonda, and all three daughters have been actively involved with the labor intense certified seed potato enterprise. They currently work in cooperation with nephew, Tyler Opsahl (fourth generation to farm in Home Lake Township) on the small grain, bean and corn production.
Ross and his wife Rhonda feel the most important thing they raise in their daughters. But after that, it's wheat, barley, soybeans, corn and low generation certified seed potatoes.
Ross enjoys being able to work outdoors and to utilize their resources to help produce food. He enjoys being able to work with family members and to accept the challenges of managing a business. When talking with Ross, he said "You can't beat the view of a sunset while you're working your way across a freshly tilled field with rows of corn showing up in the field next to you and a carpet of green wheat that has emerged in the distance. Or maybe it's the satisfaction of seeing an irrigator put some cool water on a 'thirsty crop' on a hot summer day. If you're lucky, it's seeing all of the ups and downs of the season turn into a successful fall harvest".
One of the great memories Ross has of farming is getting the chance to run one of the combines when he was about 11 years old. He said it felt good to be a part of the crew, working hard and helping everyone get the job done. He always looked forward to seeing his mother show up at lunchtime so they could take a short break for cold lemonade and fresh cinnamon rolls.
Ross expects he will hand off his portion of the operation to the next generation, even ig it might be a little early to know exactly who that might be. Other Fun Facts:
- Ross's favorite thing about The Fair?: Of course the Food! And he likes to walk through and see all the exhibits. It's nice to see the names of our youth and a few of the things that they have spent time working on or enjoy doing.
- Ross's favorite Fair Food?: Corn Dogs and Ice Cream