North Dakotans Win Three Major Awards at POTATO EXPO 2014

The POTATO EXPO in San Antonio, Texas is one of the nation's largest annual gathering of potato growers and industry professionals, show officials say. The National Potato Council, The United States Potato Board and the United Potato Growers of America are just a few of the organizations who hosted meetings during the event along with an industry trade show that has continued to grow each year. The Northern Plains Potato Growers Association announced that three more award winners have be added to the list of winners from the Northa Dakota region over the past several years. Gregg Halverson, president and chief executive officer of Black Gold Farms headquartered in Grand Forks received the 2013 Potato Man for All Seasons.  The award is presented by The Packer and TheGrower.com in conjunction with the National Potato Council. Gregg has led Black Gold Farms to be the leader in fresh chip potatoes and recently expanded into the red, yellow & fingerling table stock market Dr. Gary Secor is the winner of the NPC Meritorious Service Award.  Secor became a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in 1978. During his career at NDSU, Dr. Secor has served as the potato breeding coordinator for six years and the interim director of the potato breeding program for three years. Carl Hoverson and Hoverson Farms from Larimore, North Dakota are the winners of the National Potato Council's 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award. Since 1988, the National Potato Council, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency have worked in partnership to protect the environment.  As part of the risk reduction strategy, the NPC recognizes growers throughout the United States who have been engaged in reducing the risk of pesticides on their farm without compromising potato yield or quality. Hoverson Farms exhibited the ability to implement procedures to reduce pesticide risk to workers, bystanders and the environment, utilize integrated pest management and innovative practices, use biological controls or alternative pest control methods, protect groundwater, surface water and habitat and utilize techniques to minimize the possibility of resistance development.


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