Perdue Farms is a family-owned farm that has been a family for nearly 40 years.
It is in the heart of a quaint community in northwest Iowa, nestled in the lush rolling hills of the Corn Belt.
The farm’s namesake, C.W. Perdue, founded the company in 1885 in the rural hamlet of Perdue.
His son, Custer, founded another company, the Perdue family farm.
The Perdue name is synonymous with farming, but the farm’s history goes beyond a few hundred acres.
The family’s roots go back to 1845, when Custer Perdue founded the family’s first cotton plantation, which was called Custer & Co. in honor of his great-grandfather, Cesar Perdue Sr.
The cotton plantation’s early days were a disaster, but Custer Sr. saw an opportunity to save his family and to build a future for himself.
The Perdue farm is part of Perceres history.
Its original structure is now the Percere Building, which sits in the Perseverance Valley, just south of downtown Perdue and just off Interstate 45.
Perdue was born in Iowa City in 1856 and came to America with his family, settling in Wisconsin.
In the late 1800s, Custy Perdue Jr. founded the Perquins, a small business in nearby Whitefish, Montana.
Perquin Sr. was a skilled woodcarver and the family continued to operate their business, until they were unable to continue operating in the state due to a lack of cotton production.
Custy died in 1876, leaving his widow, Cottie, with control of the family business.
In 1896, she founded the Whitefish cotton estate, which became the largest family farm in the Midwest.
The first Perquint farm was built in 1905, and it grew rapidly, producing almost 1 million acres of cotton.
The next three generations of Perquints were busy establishing the family name in cotton and other American crops, including cotton, cottonseed and cottonbark.
Perseverants products are widely used in agriculture, medicine, construction and tourism.
Perseverance Farms is now one of the largest cotton-producing operations in the United States.
The company’s flagship product, the Great America Cotton, is sold in supermarkets and restaurants across the country, and in the U.S. and Canada.
The brand’s slogan is “Cotton’s Greatest Gift to America.”
Perdue is a big employer in the farming community and the Perseres’ name is widely recognized across Iowa.
The brand is also known for its farm-to-table philosophy, which includes local produce, regional farm fresh produce and a seasonal menu.
The great country farm farm has been at the forefront of Perse’s agriculture and is home to more than 2,200 employees.
Perse has a long history of helping local farmers and small business owners, and many of those who work at the farm are now employees of Perseverant Farms.
For more information about Perdue farms visit perse.com.