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07/17/2017 | 02:29 pm

Meyer named sales and marketing VP at Amity Technology, LLC

FARGO, N.D. - Amity Technology, LLC, the world leader in sugar beet harvesting equipment, has announced the appointment of Brad Meyer to vice president of sales and marketing. In this role, Brad will be responsible for defining and implementing sales and marketing strategies for Amity Technology sugar beet harvesting equipment. He also will lead sales and marketing efforts for Wil-Rich and Wishek tillage equipment and Amity seeding equipment.

Prior to joining Amity Technology, Brad was the key sales and product support leader and store manager at an eight-location John Deere dealership. He has extensive planter and air seeder engineering and product support experience with John Deere, as well as product development experience at the former Case Concord.

Wheat Growers senior VP Roger Krueger to retire

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Wheat Growers, a grain and agronomy cooperative based in Aberdeen, S.D., has announced the upcoming retirement of Roger Krueger, senior vice president of grain.

Krueger is a member of the Wheat Growers leadership team, having joined the cooperative in 1999 as director of grain marketing.

When he started with Wheat Growers, the cooperative had just opened its first shuttle loader in Wolsey. Since then, the cooperative has grown from 12 to 25 grain facilities and now has nine 110-car shuttle loader facilities and two more in North Dakota in a joint venture.

Krueger says he plans to return to Missouri and closer to his family.

Potato grower testifies on trade programs for specialty crops

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Potato grower Eric Halverson was in Washington, D.C., on July 13 to speak in front of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee regarding the importance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture export programs. Mr. Halverson is a fourth-generation farmer and CEO of Black Gold Farms in Grand Forks, N.D.

U.S. potato growers see fierce foreign competition in key export markets, and continued access is vital for maintaining the economic health of the industry. The USDA Market Access Program allows the U.S. to be competitive overseas through marketing and promotional activities that build commercial export markets.

Halverson spoke about MAP's important role in this public-private partnership, noting its 28-to-1 return on investment. Export market development programs funded through the farm bill have contributed an average of $8.2 billion per year to farm export revenue from 1977-2014. Without the existence of MAP, exports would not have returned to positive growth last year, Halverson said.

Halverson testified on behalf of the National Potato Council and United Fresh Produce Association.

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