Stout Family Farm
The Stout family’s Century Farm was started in 1907 by Ted Stout’s grandfather, Ted Smallfield. Ted’s parents, Bob and Lucien, were the next generation of the family to farm the land. They grew corn and soybeans and raised milk cows, fed fat cattle, kept a few hogs and chickens. They also ran a very successful seed corn business: Stout and Heesch Seeds.
Ted started farming right out of high school in 1984 with some cropland and a few Suffolk sheep. Ted married Joan in 1987 and began to add a commercial ewe flock and steadily grew the flock to 500 head. The sheep were sold in 2018. Pigs were added to the operation in 1993. The first of two 1,000-head finishing barns were built that year with a 2,400-head barn built in 2005. A custom manure hauling business was added at the same time.
Currently, the Stouts farm 1,100 acres of corn and soybeans in rotation. The family manages three pig finishing barns with capacity of 4,400 head. The family custom feeds pigs for Spronk Brothers of Edgerton. The Stouts also own and operate J & T Waste Management. Joan and a crew of part-time employees custom apply approximately 18 million gallons a year. Joan also works full time at Pipestone Management in the company’s applied research division.
Ted and Joan’s son Darrell and his wife, Megan, live on the same farm with their sons, Nolan and Mays. Darrell works for Enel Wind Services as a wind tower technician. He helps on the farm after work. Megan works for Nutrien Ag Solutions. The Stouts’ daughter, Aggie, and her husband, Matt Kennedy, live in South Dakota with their baby boy, Archie. Aggie is an audiologist and Matt is employed by Nutrient Advisors.
The Stouts are very involved in many local organizations, including the Pipestone Pork Producers, Pipestone area baseball/softball, and the Pipestone Development Company. Ted is a Gray Township Supervisor.