Working to Build and Sustain Partnerships
R.D. Offutt Farms is committed to working hand-in-hand with all of our partners, including research teams at the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University, to develop the most environmentally-friendly practices while maintaining a consistent high-quality crop.
We supply potatoes to a processing facility in Park Rapids, Minnesota. The facility produces frozen potato products distributed across the upper Midwest. Both R.D. Offutt Farms and our partner, Lamb Weston, work together with a focus on the environment, our communities, neighbors, and research that continually improves our practices.
Straight River Groundwater Management Area Project Advisory Team
We participated on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Project Advisory Team for the Straight River Groundwater Management Area (GWMA) Plan. Our team members worked with the group for two years to draft the 76-page, five-year plan, which aims to guide the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in handling the appropriation and long-term, sustainable use of groundwater within the Straight River GWMA.
Byron Township Water Quality Study
R.D. Offutt Farms is dedicated to preserving and protecting our precious Minnesota natural resources. That's why we're one of several partners participating in a multi-year effort to study nitrate-nitrogen movement that occurs below an agricultural field recently transitioned from managed timber production to irrigated row crop production. The study sets out to understand the movement of water and nitrate-nitrogen through the soil following this type of land use transition.
Partners include Central Lakes College in Staples, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota Extension, Northwest AqwaTek Solutions, and Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota.