Otter Tail County

•The; county is part of the Glacial Lake Agassiz lake bed. The soil types range from clay loam to sandy soils.

•There's; more than 1 million acres in Otter Tail County. West Otter Tail has 320,000 tillable acres and East Otter Tail has 295,478 tillable acres.

•The; county has 132,737 acres in pasture, 155,039 in woodlands, 74,354 in "wasteland" acres, more than 26,000 in roads and 13,952 acres in exempt wetland acres.

•The; 2002 census listed 3,013 farms in Otter Tail County, up from 2,899 farms in 1997.

•The; average age of Otter Tail County farmers is 54.


•It's; the eighth largest county in Minnesota and has more than 1,000 lakes.

•Otter; Tail County ranks second in cattle and fourth in milk cows among the state's counties.

•Otter; Tail County is "split" with an equal number of townships -- 31; -- in East Otter Tail and the same number in West Otter Tail. While the county has one courthouse and county seat, located in Fergus Falls, it has two county fairs, two Farm Service Agency offices, two Soil and Water Conservation Districts and two county extension office locations. The shift in extension resulted in one county extension educator position for agriculture. Vince Crary serves as the extension educator. Fergus Falls is home to one of the state's regional extension offices.

•Agriculture; is diverse in the county. The eastern half is home to more of the county's livestock operations while more crops are raised in the western portion. The soils range from clay loam to sandy soils.

•Otter; Tail County is home to one dairy processing plant, the Bongards Creamery in Perham, and a turkey processor, West Central Turkeys in Pelican Rapids.

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