The story of Zink Farms began
when Doug's great-grandfather, Gustav Zink, first came to
America from Germany in 1888. He eventually filed a
homestead claim in Foster County, North Dakota, in 1893, and
purchased the northwest quarter of the same section a few
years later. He and his wife, Anna, had six children,
all born in the little 12X16 house that had been purchased
with the property.
As the years
passed and the original Zink farm grew, Gustav's son Oscar
(Doug's grandfather) decided to purchase a farm of his own
nearby -- a half section of land near Carrington.
Oscar and his wife Elaine raised their family of four
children there, one of whom was Virgil, Doug's father.
Oscar was always looking for ways to improve his farm and
farming methods, and Virgil was constantly working by his
When Oscar and
Elaine moved to town in the late 1960's, Virgil took
over running the farm. By that time, the farm had
increased substantially, and Virgil and his wife Illa
continued to prosper there, raising five children, one of
whom was Doug, the current owner and manager of Zink Farms
as we know it today.
a degree in economics at NDSU, Doug started seriously
farming with his dad in 1981. He began buying nearby
land of his own, and rented more and more land as it became
available. Today he farms over 20,000 acres in and
around Foster County, North Dakota. Doug's
goals, along with his wife Brenda's, have always been to
learn and use the latest technology, equipment and knowledge
to improve their farm and farming methods. Those
goals, along with hard work and close attention to
agri-evolution, have made Zink Farms
the success that it is today.