Ada Feed & Seed started in 1930 as a partnership between David Johnson and Emil Wagner. Located at the former Northwestern Hotel, the business sold seed, flour and feed. Workers mixed feed with a scoop shovel in a second floor room.
In the mid-30's, Ada Feed & Seed introduced the J.I. Case machinery line and purchased one of the first hatcheries in the Northwest.
Construction of a new feed and certified seed cleaning plant was completed in 1944.
A grain elevator and office were added to make it one of the most modern plants in Northern Minnesota.
In 1947, Ada Feed & Seed introduced the Kaiser Frazier line of automobiles to Norman County.
A feed pellet plant and roller mill were added in 1956. A complete line of feed under our own "Full-O-Life" label was made and sold.
Sunflowers were introduced to the area in the 1960's. Ada Feed & Seed led the way for local growers with one of the first major export contracts for shipment of oil seed to Japan. Equipment was installed for complete processing of edible confection sunflowers and oil seed for the bird food market.
Growth continued with the construction of a bulk fertilizer plant in 1967.
Ada Feed & Seed pioneered the liquid fertilizer business in the area, having the first car of Uran 28% liquid nitrogen shipped to the State.
In April of 1974, fire destroyed the feed plant, elevator, warehouse and office.
The rebuilding process began, with construction on the new facility completed in 1978.