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Mike Gartner and Myron Blumhagen are recognized for their achievements and leadership in the seed industry.

March 22, 2017

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BETTER SEED: Two farmers have had a big impact on North Dakota’s seed industry.

Myron Blumhagen, Drake, and Mike Gartner, Mandan, received awards from the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association.

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RECOGNIZED: Myron Blumhagen (left), a producer from Drake, receives the Distinguished Service Award from Del Gates, president of the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association. (Photo: NDSU)

Blumhagen received the Distinguished Service Award for making significant contributions to agriculture at the local, county, state and regional levels. He grows spring wheat, peas, soybeans, canola, alfalfa, lentils, chickpeas and flax. He also is president of the McHenry County Township Officers Association; a member of the North Central Research Extension Center Board of Visitors, McHenry County Ag Improvement Association, Drake Rural Fire District and McHenry County Water Resource District; a Spring Grove Township supervisor; and a delegate to the North Dakota Farmers Union convention.

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HONORED: Mike Gartner (left) receives the Premier Seed Grower Award from Del Gates, president of the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association. (Photo: NDSU)

Gartner received the Premier Seed Grower Award for his significant contributions to the certified seed industry. Gartner owns Gartner Seed Farm and is known for his oat expertise. He has produced certified seed for more than 25 years and grows wheat, barley, oats, peas and durum. He has provided seed for local and state exhibitions. He also has been active in many organizations, including the Morton County Farm Bureau, Morton County Crop Improvement Association, North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association, Northern Great Plains Research Station Focus Group and Morton County Rural Fire Department.

Nominations are being sought for the Distinguished Service and Premier Seed Grower awards for 2018. A nomination form is available at ndcropimprovement.org.

Source: ND Crop Improvement and Seed Association

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