Where It Started

Tom and Jenni Smude are the proud owners of Smude's Sunflower Oil. Their farm is home to 150 acres of sunflowers every year. In addition to the sunflowers, Tom raises a herd of approximately 75 pair beef cattle. The family stays busy between farming, their businesses, and school and family events. On any given day Tom and Jenni can be found in the office in Pierz working hard to help the growing business thrive. Since the launch of the business in 2009, numbers have grown and the operation has gotten too big to harvest the seeds alone. Smude's Sunflower Oil is grateful for the farmers and growers who help meet the demand to keep you, our consumer, happy! Thank you for all of the support. 

Pictured: Tom & Jenni, and their children Katelyn & Mitchell

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Meet the

Growers of our Sunflowers

for which we are blessed to have with Smude Sunflower Oil.

John & JoAnne Smude

John and JoAnne are Tom's parents and have helped grow the business by growing sunflowers for them. The Smude's moved onto the farm near Pierz, MN in 1970 and started with soybeans and corn. The land bordering their farm belonged to JoAnne's parents where she grew up as a child. Being Pierz natives, they love to see Tom and Jenni grow the business and contribute to the community.

Pictured: Tom, Mitchell, & John Smude

Roger & Judy Nelson

Roger and Judy Nelson are the owner/operators of a 2nd generation family farm in east central Minnesota. Roger’s dad started the farming operation east of Hinckley, MN from scratch in the early 1950s. Initially dairying was the mainstay, but he soon transitioned to cow/calf beef production. With Roger and Judy taking over management of cattle enterprise and their subsequent purchase of the farm in 1993; they expanded the farming operation into raising corn, alfalfa, wheat and soybeans as well. “Recent expansion into growing sunflowers is a natural fit,” says Roger, "It’s a way to diversify the different crops we grow here on the farm. Adding sunflowers to our crop rotation keeps the soil in good tilth. Best of all, we get to be a part of producing healthy natural sunflower oil for Smude Oil products made just for you!"

Pictured: Roger & Judy, and their children Melanie, Jonathan, Jessica, & Alyssa

Mike & Carrie Schubert

The Schubert's purchased their farm of 200 acres in 1995, located in southern Crow Wing county. With the help of their two children, they have raised a variety of crops and Percheron horses. The crops rotated have been corn, soybeans, sunflowers, oats and hay. Mike and Carrie have grown sunflowers for a number of years and are grateful to be able to market them locally with Smude's Sunflower Oil these past few years. "We take pride in knowing we can help make a healthy difference in food choices!"

Pictured: Jeron, Carrie, Mike, & Brooke

Randy Schroder

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Alex Roth

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LeRoy & Peg Ross

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Doug T.

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Jerry Foust

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Mike Barrett

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