Stuart Samson didn’t always know he would return to the farm after completing college, taking a job in Sioux Falls and getting married.
“It wasn’t until after I was away from it that I realized what a good way of life it was,” he says. “I enjoy the diversity and freedom of what we do day-to-day, and a small community is a great place to raise a family.”
Samson farms northwest of Eden with his dad and two brothers. They raise primarily corn and soybeans with a small amount of small grains. He also owns an ag retail business, selling seed, ag technology and agronomy services.
After earning a degree in agronomy from South Dakota State University, the Roslyn High School graduate worked for three years as an assistant grounds superintendent at a Sioux Falls golf course before getting married and returning to help with the family farm and business.
Samson says the most important issue facing today’s corn farmers is demand. Sustaining and growing demand by developing areas of our industry is important for all of us to be successful, he says.
Samson was a member of Class 8 of the South Dakota Ag and Rural Leadership (SDCARL) program. He coaches high school and youth boys basketball, is a past member of the Eden City Council and serves on the Eden volunteer fire department.
He likes to spend his spare time with family, reading, working on projects around the farm and golfing.
He and his wife, Krissa, have four children: Jacob, Brynn, Eli and Jude.