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Norman County Farm Family

Adam and Nancy Crompton Family 

Crompton families have been farming in Norman County for several generations. Over the past 40 years, they have raised crops, beef cattle, and at one time 40 purebred hogs on their farm in northwest Minnesota. After graduating from college, Adam began taking over the family farm from his parents, Shawn and Michelle, who still help with the operation today.

The Crompton family farm consists of several different operations. They currently raise wheat, corn, soybeans and alfalfa. The family runs a cow/calf operation with 150 cows and owns a straw and hay baling operation. The Cromptons bale, sell and deliver hay and straw to large dairies throughout the state. The family also raises and markets several hundred Cornish Cross Broilers annually.

Adam and Nancy have five children who all help with daily chores: Gabriel, Madalynn, Michael, Gene and William. Their nephew, Jordan Crompton, helps with the day-to-day chores as well. Adam, Gabriel, Michael, and Jordan handle the hay and straw business. Nancy, Madalynn and the younger boys take care of the chickens. Grandparents Shawn and Michelle continue to assist the operation wherever they can.

The Cromptons are very involved in community activities. All the kids are involved in 4-H including showing beef, dairy, and swine, in addition to other projects. The children have given livestock demonstrations for several years including at the Minnesota State Fair last year. Madalynn is a member of the new Minnesota 4-H Changemakers Academy. Nancy has served as the Woodland 4-H club leader. Gabriel and Madalynn are involved in the Ada-Borup-West FFA. Nancy is the current administrator for the SVDP Good Samaritan Food Shelf in Twin Valley, a position she has held since 2015.

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