Goehring honors Ward County weed officer

MANDAN – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has presented the 2013 Weed Control Partner Award to Ward County weed officer Derrill Fick.

“Derrill is a real leader in North Dakota weed control efforts, especially in education,” Goehring said. “He effectively uses North Dakota Department of Agriculture programs to improve weed control efforts in Ward County, and has always been among the first to employ the latest technology. His county weed survey is one of the very best in the state.”

Goehring presented Fick with the award Tuesday, during the 2013 Commissioner's Weed Control Forum in Mandan.

A Burlington native and graduate of Dakota College, Bottineau, Fick has served as Ward County weed officer since 1998. A longtime member of the North Dakota Weed Control Association, he served as the group's president in 2008 and has chaired the NDWCA education committee for several years. This past year, he was elected to the board of directors of the North American Invasive Species Management Association.

Fick and his wife Connie live in Burlington.