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Offutt, Bollingberg named to North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame; March ceremony scheduled


VALLEY CITY, North Dakota — This year's inductees into the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame include a man who started two nationally successful companies and a man who once helped advise President Ronald Reagan on trade issues.

Ron Offutt, of Fargo, and John Bollingberg, of Bremen, will be inducted to the hall on March 7, during the 78th annual North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City, KOVC radio reported.

Offutt is the founder of R.D. Offutt Co., the nation's largest producer of potatoes, and RDO Equipment Co., the largest network of John Deere construction and agricultural equipment dealerships in the U.S.

Offutt also founded the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association, and is a 2011 recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award — North Dakota's top honor.

Bollingberg founded Northland Seed Co. and was a longtime member of the North Dakota Ag Coalition, representing the North Dakota Edible Bean Growers Council. In 1986, he was part of a group that met privately with Reagan on trade issues dealing with edible beans.

North Dakota State University in 2006 honored Bollingberg with its Agribusiness Award, which recognizes people who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture.

Information from: KOVC-AM,

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