Scott and Sue Smith Family
In 1931, Scott’s great-grandparents, Joseph and Katherine Clark, purchased the farm in Torning Township. In 1948, Scott’s grandparents, Francis and Margaret Smith, moved from Stevens County to Swift County with their four sons. Francis purchased the farm from Margaret’s parents. In 1988, Scott moved from Montana to the family farm to help his grandmother after his grandfather died. Scott and Sue were married in 1995 and have two children, Dylan and Jenna.
The Smith family raises corn, soybeans and alfalfa. They also run a cow/calf operation. The cattle business started in 2005 with cattle that Dylan and Jenna had shown in 4-H.
Scott passed away last October from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. Up until his death, Scott was the head of the farm operation. Sue, along with their children, continues to run the farm and carry on Scott’s legacy. Sue works at Glacial Plains Cooperative in DeGraff and Dylan is employed at CVEC in Benson. Working close to home allows them to still work on the farm. Jenna is a senior at South Dakota State University majoring in agricultural business and helps on the farm when home from college.
When the kids were active in 4-H, Scott served on the 4-H livestock board and Sue volunteered on the 4-H advisory board. They were also club leaders. Scott was a member of the Swift County Fair board for nine years, spending countless hours before and after the fair helping to make the county fair what it is today. Scott also served on the Torning Township board for 21 years and the DeGraff Fire Department for 28 years. He was chief for 10 of those years. Scott took great pride in serving the community he lived in.
The Smith family are members of the Glacial Ridge Cattlemen’s Association, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and are involved in many community events. Sue is a member of the Swift County Fair board and the Swift County Open Beef Show Committee. Dylan serves on the Torning Township board and is a member of the DeGraff Fire Department. Jenna has been the Swift County 4-H program intern the past couple of summers.