25601 North FM 88
Monte Alto, TX
Dale Murden, President and General Manager
Andy Scott, Director of Research
Established in 1941, Rio Farms is a unique and historical 18,000 acre private farming organization located in Hidalgo and Willacy Counties. Rio Farms was chartered by the U.S. government as a “charitable, benevolent institution” that helped hundreds of tenant farmers get their start in agriculture. Some of the Valley’s most productive farmers of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, that helped put the Rio Grande Valley on the agricultural map of the world, got their start at Rio Farms as tenant trainees. By 1972, the operation changed to an agricultural research and demonstration operation. Today, Rio Farms invests their farm income into agricultural research, education, land improvements and facilities.