Feb 20, 2019Black Gold Farms hires Kerwin Bradley, former commercial leader of J.R. Simplot’s Innate potatoes
Black Gold Farms has added accomplished potato producer Kerwin Bradley to its leadership team.
Bradley has joined the organization as its chief production officer (CPO). His duties will be to support all aspects of crop production and sit on the executive team. That includes implementing best practices, leading variety selection and development, driving the adaption of new and innovative technologies which will improve agronomic decision making and building an aggressive production strategy.
Bradley brings more 20 years of potato production experience working in various roles within the potato industry. He was perviously with Frito Lay, where he spent 13 years working on potato variety commercialization, agronomy and storage best practice development, as well as supply chain innovation. He then went on to J.R. Simplot, where he spent six years helping lead the commercialization of the genetically engineered Innate potatoes.
“Kerwin will immediately help us dig deeper and bring our agronomic expertise and production efforts to a new level,” said Eric Halverson, CEO of Black Gold Farms. “We are excited about the knowledge and experience that Kerwin has from working with some of the largest potato organizations in the world. His deep understanding of potatoes, his commitment to innovation and relentless pursuit of excellence will be a perfect fit with our current team.”
“I’m thrilled to be working for Black Gold Farms because of their agronomic enthusiasm and commitment to potatoes,” Bradley said. “The overall company culture of farming better has really positioned them to sustain their leadership role in the potato category.”
Black Gold Farms is a fourth-generation family farm and grower, shipper, marketer of all types of Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes and other commodities. The company is headquartered in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and has farms and packing facilities around the U.S.
For more information, visit www.blackgoldfarms.com.