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NDSU to Honor Halverson with Agribusiness Award

NDSU to Honor Halverson with Agribusiness Award
The 1971 graduate heads up world's large chip potato growing operation.

Gregg Halverson, Black Gold Farms, Grand Forks, N.D., will be honored this weekend with North Dakota Dakota State University Harvest Bowl Agribusiness Award.

Halverson, a 1971 NDSU graduate, is president and chief executive officer of Black Gold Farms, a family owned company that grows 17,000 acres of potatoes in 11 locations in the U.S. It is the largest producer fresh-crop chipping potato producer in the world.

The company has won many awards, including the National Potato Council's recent environmental stewardship award.

Halverson has been similarly honored. In 2009, the World Potato Congress presented Halverson with the Industry Award in recognition and appreciation of his lifetime contribution to the potato industry.

Halverson has two sons in the Black Gold organization. John, of Paragould, Ariz., is an operations vice president responsible for Midwest production. Eric, of Grand Forks, is vice president of technology. Halvorson's daughter, Leah, also has spent her share of time on the potato farm. After receiving her MBA, she became an account manager at an advertising agency. Halverson has six granddaughters.

"Gregg's business successes are rooted in knowing the value of building partnerships and being on the forefront of industry innovations," says Eddie Bernhardson, Harvest Bowl committee chair.

Source: NDSU Extension Communications

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