Breakfast Club: Agribusiness Entrepreneur Shares Story at Stearns History Museum

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Presented by Stearns History Museum at Stearns History Museum, St. Cloud MN

Feb 13
Breakfast Club: Agribusiness Entrepreneur Shares Story at Stearns History Museum

Entrepreneur Tom Smude will discuss the growth of his business, Smude’s Sunflower Oil, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, at Stearns History Museum’s Breakfast Club.

Smude and his wife, Jenni, launched their Pierz-based manufacturing business in 2009 after almost losing their 160-acre farm during the 2007-08 drought.  In a cost-effective move, the couple turned to sunflowers.  The alternative crop uses less fertilizer and water than corn and soybeans.

They planted 60 acres in 2010 with plans to sell the oil to processors and sell the byproducts as animal feed.  As of last summer, Smude Sunflower Oil employed 13 people who processed sunflower seeds from

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Admission: $7, Adults; $3, Children. There also is a family rate for $17 that includes two adults and all children in household under the age of 18.

Admission for members is free.

Contact: 320-253-8424


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Wed., Feb. 13 at 9 a.m.

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