Halverson, Secor and Hoverson Farms receive awards
Gregg Halverson was presented with the Potato Man for All Seasons award at the National Potato Council’s annual banquet in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, January, 10, 2014. The award is presented by The Packer and TheGrower.com in conjunction with the NPC.
Halverson, of Grand Forks, N.D., is the president and CEO of Black Gold Farms.
Carl Hoverson and Hoverson Farms, of Larimore, N.D., received the NPC’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award during the NPC’s annual banquet. The NPC award recognizes growers who have been engaged in reducing the risk of pesticides without compromising potato yield or quality.
Gary Secor received the NPC Meritorious Service Award during the POTATO EXPO’s seed breakout session on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Secor became a professor in the plant pathology department at North Dakota State University in 1978.
Secor’s areas of expertise have been the diagnosis and management of potato and sugar beet diseases and variety development of potatoes. His work has focused on late blight management, seed treatment, harvest dry rot, fusarium dry rot, zebra chip, blemish diseases of potatoes and disease free potato seed production.