Pesticide, anhydrous dealers & 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.

“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 sponsor these awards and recognize people who excel in customer service and environmental awareness.”

Wholesale Ag Products-West of Underwood, owned and managed by Chad Olson, was named the 2012 North Dakota Outstanding Pesticide Dealer of the Year.

“Wholesale Ag Products-West has an excellent pesticide storage area and bulk repackaging facilities,” said Jim Gray, NDDA pesticide and fertilizer division director, who presented the awards on behalf of Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “They also provide great outreach, going out to schools and hosting growers meetings to help their customers better understand how to safely and legally use pesticides.”

Dennis Horpestad, Langdon, an applicator with CHS Milton, was named 2012 Outstanding Pesticide Applicator of the Year.

“Mr. Horpestad is extremely conscientious about when and where he applies pesticides,” Gray said. “He keeps excellent records; including maps for each treatment site, weather data taken at multiple times, and the start and stop times for each application.”

Gray noted that CHS Milton, a diversified farm business in northeastern North Dakota, that markets grain, and sells and applies agricultural chemicals, fertilizer and seed, had been nominated for all three awards.

North Dakota has approximately 9,000 commercially certified pesticide applicators

Farmers Union Oil Co of Westhope, represented by Kevin Schroeder and Craig George, was named the 2012 Outstanding Anhydrous Ammonia Dealer of the Year.

“Westhope Farmers Union Oil has the cleanest and best-kept facility we have seen,” Gray said. They keep excellent nurse tank maintenance records and conduct regular in-house inspections for facility safety and maintenance.”

The winners were nominated by North Dakota Department of Agriculture field staff. Nominees were later scored by NDDA staff through site visits and interviews. Scoring criteria included recordkeeping, storage, use of personal protective equipment, overall appearance, improvements and contributions to pesticide stewardship.