Outstanding pesticide dealer & applicator honored

FARGO – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the North Dakota Agricultural Association (NDAA) presented the 2011 North Dakota Outstanding Pesticide Dealer of the Year award to CHS Milton in Milton, and the 2011 Outstanding Applicator of the Year award to Rocky Rice from Hunter Grain Co. in Hunter.

The awards were presented Tuesday, during the Northern Ag Expo at the FargoDome in Fargo.

“NDDA inspectors say Rocky Rice has the best records they have ever seen,” said Jim Gray, NDDA pesticide division director, who presented the awards on behalf of Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “He is amazingly conscientious about when and where he sprays, and he is diligent in telling his customers and nearby landowners about when and where he is applying chemicals.”

Rice is a 23-year employee of Hunter Grain Co.

CHS Milton Country Operations Group is a diversified farm business in northeastern North Dakota, marketing grain marketing, selling and applying agricultural chemicals, fertilizer and seed. The main office is in Milton with stations in Calvin, Edmore, Fairdale, Hampden, Langdon, Loma, Sarles, Park River, Pisek, and Lankin.

“CHS Milton requires extensive safety training for all existing and new employees,” said Gray, “The company also sends representatives into local schools to discuss farm safety and pesticide stewardship, and they host grower meetings to discuss industry trends and issues. These efforts help build a relationship between the pesticide industry and the general public.”

“These awards recognize good stewardship of soil, water and air through the safe and proper use of plant nutrient and crop protection products,” said Gary Knutson, NDAA executive director. “The North Dakota Agricultural Association is proud to recognize people who excel in customer service and environmental awareness.”

North Dakota has nearly 8,000 certified commercial applicators.

The winners were nominated by North Dakota Department of Agriculture pesticide inspectors.