Russ Danielson grew up on a diversified farm in Barnes County, North Dakota. He graduated from Valley City High School and attended North Dakota State University majoring in Animal Husbandry. After graduation in December 1964, Russ joined the NDSU Animal Science department in 1965 as beef cattle herdsman and instructor. He served in this position while attending graduate school until 1973. After aquiring his Master’s Degree, Russ became a NDSU professor.
Danielson has been instrumental in North Dakota agriculture by being involved in numerous beef industry organizations. He is a long-time member of the North Dakota Stockmen’s; he is a Board member for the North Star Classic and North Dakota Winter Show Livestock Committee; as well as a past North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Board member and. He served as a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Associations Research Committee.
Russ retired from NDSU in 2010. Along with his wife, Helen, they stay involved in the family farm in Cuba Township, near Valley City. Both Russ and Helen continue to do an outstanding job volunteering at the NDCHF's Annual Induction Ceremonies.