We are a family owned and operated business and have been involved in farming and ranching for over 90 years. The farm is located about 25 miles northeast of Carrington, North Dakota. The farm was started by Orin Topp and his wife Violet. Orin and Violet had one child, a son Kenneth. Kenneth and Orin farmed together for many years. Kenneth married Almyra Orvik in July 1957. Kenneth and Almyra had three children Jeff, Kimm, and Todd. Ken, Jeff, and Todd were all partners in the farm.
In 1970 Ken and Jeff purchased a grain handling facility in which we handled all types of grain. We built a second facility to handle oil and confection sunflower seeds. For a long period of time we were one of the largest handlers of oil and confection sunflower seeds in the industry. The sunflower handling facility was sold in the late '90s and we now are focusing on the flax industry. In the late 1980s, Ken, Jeff, and Todd expanded the farming operation into Brazil. Today, fruit, coffee, corn and soybeans are raised on the farm and we have recently started raising cattle.
Jeff married Jan Schlosser in June 1983. Jan worked for 30 years as a registered nurse at the Carrington hospital and has always been in charge of the bookwork for the farm and elevator. Jeff and Jan have three children – Jason, Justin, and Jessie. Today, Jeff and sons Jason and Justin are partners in the expanding operation.
Jason attended Kansas State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in International Agri-business. He married Rami Carlson in June 2016. In May 2018, they welcomed their son Nathan. Justin attended North Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in General Agriculture. He married Amanda Montgomery in June 2010. They have three children Jackson, Josie and Jameson. Jessie received a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree in Agricultural Communications from Kansas State University. She currently works as freelancer writer and editor in Fargo, ND. Jessie married Mitchell Becker in August 2015, and their son, Callen, was born in March 2018.
Multiple types of small grains and row crops are raised on the farm. We also have a cow/calf operation and a bred heifer program. In recent years Jeff has taken a step back from the day-to-day operations of the farm to allow Jason and Justin to transition to take over the operation. Jeff continues to oversee the operation of Farmers Elevator, Inc., located in Grace City, and focuses on business development. Jason oversees the cattle operation and Justin oversees the production agriculture side of the business.