R.D. Offutt Farms Strives to be a Positive Community Partner
R.D. Offutt Farms is a Minnesota company dedicated to the communities in which we live and work. Giving back to our local communities is a responsibility we never take for granted because it directly impacts the more than 500 people we employ who live and work in those same communities.
We work closely with our community partners to identify environmentally sensitive areas and manage our farms accordingly. With guidance from our community partners we’ve planted more than 125,000 trees near our farming operations in Minnesota, continually creating buffer zones whenever and wherever possible. We've planted over 1,200 acres of pollinator seed to create vibrant habitat for bees, butterflies, pheasants, and other critical pollinators.
As part of our ongoing commitment to safe application methods, we sponsor an annual industry conference for aerial application providers that is considered the gold standard for safety and training.
R.D. Offutt Farms Potato Field Days
Since 2014, we've held "Potato Field Days" to benefit our fellow Minnesota community members. Once we're through with most of the potato harvest, we select three large fields for the public to access and dig free potatoes to their hearts' content. The event lasts three days, sunrise to sunset. Neighbors look forward to the event each year, including Tom and Melodie, who shared the sidebar photo on this page, taken at our 2019 Potato Field Day.
Tom had this to say about the event, "Once again, it was a great opportunity for us to pick free potatoes that your company put on. We picked at the Wadena field, where my wife, Melodie, was helped by a young lady who worked for Offutt to fill two buckets of potatoes, while I sat in my truck and watched. I had just had hip replacement surgery one week before so I was in no condition to pick potatoes. Just for giggles and something to get us out of the house for a while, we drove over to the Perham field afterwards and picked another pail which gave us more than enough potatoes for the winter. Thank you and your company for a great program. We truly appreciate it."
-- Tom and Melodie
Don't miss this great article from The Verndale Sun, spotlighting our 2018 Potato Field Days event.
RDO Caters Taters for Charity
Our yearly potato luncheon RDO Caters Taters for Charity event raises money for local charities. 2018 marked the 19th anniversary of the potato luncheon event which has raised over $610,000 for local charities. The 2018 recipient was the Great Plains Food Bank, which efficiently turns a $1 donation into three meals. This year's record-breaking $83,333 raised through Caters Taters will translate into 250,000 meals for North Dakota community members in need.
R.D. Offutt Farms invests in our communities to positively impact the quality of life where we live and work. Our team members are encouraged to actively volunteer and support local non-profit agencies, schools, and more. In addition, we support efforts that benefit our communities through sponsorships, gifts, and in-kind contributions. Some examples include: