Gregg Halverson is president and CEO of Black Gold Farms, a family- owned potato growing and marketing organization, headquartered in Grand Forks, ND. They are the world’s largest producer of fresh crop chipping potatoes and grow about 17,000 acres of potatoes, plus a number of other crops, at eleven production locations nationwide. Black Gold Farms introduced the first successful bulk handling and transport system of chip potatoes to the Peoples Republic of China and have received the Environmental Stewardship Award from the National Potato Council. Gregg founded Black Gold Farms when he was in high school, though potatoes had been grown by the family for years, first by his grandfather in 1928. Gregg graduated from NDSU in1971 with a degree in Agriculture and has been involved in the Research Committee of the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association and the Environmental Affairs Committee of the National Potato Council.
His community service includes being past member of the Forest River City Council, past president of the ND Angus Association, past president of the Northwest Farm Managers Association, past president of the Association of Agricultural Production Executives and chair of the fundraising committee of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He also created the Halverson Family Foundation, which supports charitable causesandscholarships. Amongthemanyawardshehasreceivedare the ND Outstanding Young Farmer Award, the Meritorious Service Award from the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association and the Industry Award from the World Potato Congress.
Year Inducted: 2011