Pesticide, anhydrous dealer and pesticide applicator honored

FARGO – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the North Dakota Agricultural Association (NDAA) honored three pesticide and anhydrous ammonia dealers and applicators during NDAA’s recent annual meeting in Fargo.

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

The 2017 North Dakota Pesticide Dealer of the Year is Northern Nature Seed, Drayton.

“Manager Scott Johnson and his staff consistently demonstrate a high level of work and facility safety,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “They hold training, keep detailed and organized records and represent themselves in a way that reflects good North Dakota values.”

Farmers Union of Southern Valley, Fairmount, was named the 2017 North Dakota Pesticide Applicator of the Year.

“Farmers Union of Southern Valley runs a great operation, with immaculate records, equipment, employee training and chemical storage.” Goehring said. “Manager Brad Vanoverbeke is committed to excellence in application, technology and working relationships.”

North Dakota has approximately 9,900 commercially certified pesticide applicators.

United Agronomy, Berthold, managed by Todd Erickson, was named the 2017 North Dakota Anhydrous Ammonia Dealer of the Year.

“United Agronomy has an excellent inspection record with a history of compliance at all of their facilities,” Goehring said. “They are very proactive, organizing an outreach training event to educate their community on anhydrous ammonia and what to do in the event of an accidental release.”

Nominees for the awards were selected and scored by North Dakota Department of Agriculture field staff. Scoring criteria included recordkeeping, Worker Protection Standard (WPS) knowledge, storage, use of personal protective equipment, regulatory history, contributions to pesticide stewardship and community involvement.