Founder, Chairman Emeritus
R.D. Offutt Company; RDO Equipment Co.
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Ronald Offutt, of Fargo, ND, is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the R. D. Offutt Company, the nation’s largest producer of potatoes. The company is comprised of a variety of businesses divided into three separate operating units: agriculture, food processing and retail equipment. Its cornerstone is a nine-state 190,000 acre farming operation, which includes a 34,000 acre farm and dairy operation in Boardman, Oregon. The company also operates food processing manufacturing plants and markets its crops through relationships with major processors, such as Simplot, Con-Agra/Lamb-Weston, McCain Foods and Frito-Lay.
R. D. Offutt Company formed a joint venture with Calbee Corporation in 2006 to build a plant in Boardman, Oregon, to source potato product in Japan and other markets. This has expanded to the formation of Calbee North America and additional plants in Fairfield, California and Senatobia, Mississippi. R. D. Offutt Company also operates a 22,000 acre farm in Krasnodar, Russia.
Offutt is also the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of RDO Equipment Co. Founded in 1968, the company owns the largest network of John Deere construction and agricultural equipment dealerships in the country. Vermeer, Topcon, Volvo and Mack truck centers are also integral operations of the company, which now has over eighty U.S. locations in ten states. Internationally, RDO Equipment Co. is a John Deere Agricultural and Construction Equipment dealer with partnerships in Russia, Ukraine and Australia.
Offutt, a native of Orrick, Missouri, grew up on his family’s farm in Moorhead, Minnesota. He attended Moorhead High School and graduated from Concordia College in 1964 with a degree in Economics. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Regents of Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), and served on its board for more than twenty years. Currently he is a member of the Global Leadership Board of the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College and a member of the Board of Regents.
Offutt received the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, which recognizes North Dakotans who have achieved national excellence in their fields of endeavor. He has also received numerous other regional and national awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from North Dakota State University and an Honorary Doctorate of Leadership and Philanthropy from the University of Mary (North Dakota). Offutt continues to be active in the community, serving on multiple boards and dedicating his time to several organizations and charities. He and his wife, Karen, have six children and eleven grandchildren.