Area families honored at Harvest Bowl
NDSU recognizes outstanding agriculture contributions
Area families in agriculture were honored for their outstanding work during the 46th annual Harvest Bowl program at North Dakota State University on Nov. 8.
From the Minot area, honorees were as follows.
– Bottineau County, Charlie and Jaime Adams, Mohall.
Charlie Adams is the manager of the Hefty Seed Co. of Mohall. He created the Hefty Seed Co. yield contest and has raised more than $55,000 for local charities in the first two years of the contest. He also has been a Bottineau County commissioner since 2015, a Blaine Township supervisor and Souris Basin Planning Council member. In addition, he is a member of the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Dollars for Scholars Board, Bottineau County Veterans of Foreign Wars and Lansford American Legion post. Jaime Adams was inducted recently into the NDSU Athletics Hall of Fame for women’s basketball. She substitute teaches and coaches in the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood School District and also serves as the Blaine Township clerk/treasurer. She is a member of the Lansford Community Betterment Association Board. They have two children
® Burke County, Ron and Allie Sagness, Bowbells.
The Sagnesses operate a fourth-generation farm using no-till farming practices and crop rotation integrated with livestock. They have been farming for 37 years and received a Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Conservation Achievement Award. Ron Sagness and his father operated a welding/machine shop for many years. He is a member of the township board and North Dakota Farmers Union. Allie Sagness is a member of the township board, Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, Burke County Farmers Union Board and North Dakota Farmers Union, and is the Progressive Ag Safety Day coordinator. They have four children.
® Divide County, Keith and Betty Brown, Crosby.
Keith Brown joined NDSU Extension as an associate agent in Burleigh County in 1985 and served as an agent in Divide County from 1987 until semi-retiring in 2016. He introduced pulse crops to producers and helped develop the pulse crop industry in North Dakota. He works part-time as the soil health and cropping systems specialist for the Williams County Soil Conservation District. He has received numerous professional awards, including the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents in 2011. Betty Brown is the district manager for the Divide County Soil Conservation District. They have four children.
® Fort Berthold, Yvette Young Bear, New Town.
Young Bear grows flour corn, beans, squash, Juneberries, chokecherries, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon, Brussels sprouts and cucumbers using traditional, raised-bed and organic gardening methods with composting and drip irrigation. She has been gardening for 20 years. She also has a landscaping business, is a cook at the 4 Bears meal site and works with the Three Affiliated Tribes’ Elders Program. She has four children.
® McHenry County, Trenton and Rachel Bruner, Drake.
Trenton Bruner worked for the Wensman Seed Co. as the northwest territory sales manager for six years, and now works at BASF as the seed adviser for northwestern North Dakota. They also are involved in Bruner Angus Ranch, the fifth-generation family farm and ranch near Drake. The farm and ranch use minimum tillage and cover crops. He is a member of the McHenry County Crop Improvement Board, North Dakota Farmers Union, NDSU Board of Visitors and Independent Beef Association of North Dakota. Rachel Bruner, a pediatric occupational therapist, is a member of the North Dakota Farmers Union. They have one child.
® McLean County, Tom and Lena Volochenko, Butte.
The Volochenkos farm using no-till practices. They also have a cow-calf and backgrounding operation. They’ve planted about 5,000 blue spruce trees for shelter belts and windbreaks. They have been farming for 45 years. They’ve received the South McLean Soil Conservation Award and Clean Tree Award. Tom Volochenko is chairman of the Byersville Township Board and South McLean Soil Conservation District. Lena Volochenko is a benefits coordinator for Thrivent Insurance, Byersville Township Board clerk/treasurer and a member of the McLean Electric Co-op’s Roundup Board. They have three children
® Mountrail County, Allen and Debbie Lund, Ross.
The Lunds use minimum-tillage practices and have a diversified livestock operation. They have been farming for 49 years. Allen Lund has draft horses he uses to pull a stagecoach, covered wagon, buggies and a hearse, which he uses for funerals and burials. He also has shared his carpentry and gardening skills with 4-H members. Debbie, a retired registered nurse, is an NDSU Extension Master Gardener. She has taught 4-H members about gardening and worked with other Master Gardeners to organize the Mountrail Garden Club, of which she is president, and the Stanley Farmers Market. She is a member of the farmers market’s advisory board. In addition, she helped organize the Mountrail County Spring Home and Garden Show and taught gardening classes at that event. They have two children.
® Pierce County, Don and Paula Jelsing, Rugby.
The Jelsings have had a retail agribusiness near Rugby since 1974. They also had a 1,200-head cattle feedlot and 200-head cow-calf operation and raised small grains from 1970 to 1983. They farmed for 14 years and received the Friend of 4-H Award twice. Don Jelsing was instrumental in creating the Pierce County Fair in Rugby in 1990. He serves as the Fair Board president.
® Renville County, Blake and Shelly Carlson, Lansford.
The Carlsons raise wheat, canola and soybeans near Lansford using a one-pass seeding system. They’ve also seeded nonproductive land for hay and wildlife. They raised beef cattle for 25 years and elk for 12 years. They’ve been farming for 47 years and received the Renville County Soil Conservation Award. Blake, a fourth-generation farmer, is a member of the Lockwood Township Board and chairman of the Lansford Fire District. Shelly taught for 34 years. They have three children.
® Sheridan County, Alvin Burkart and Charlene Martwick, Kief.
Burkart farms using no-till practices and runs a commercial cow-calf operation, implementing a 12-cell grazing system to better manage his grass resources. He has added wildlife food plots and cover crops and uses Natural Resources Conservation Service programs to test his crop and grazing acres. Martwick has a 50-head commercial sheep flock. They have been farming for 55 years. Alvin received the Conservation Achievement Award in 2002. He is a member of the township board and the Area 4 Research Farm director. Charlene has been a rural mail carrier in Sheridan County for 34 years. They have two children.
® Ward County, Gregory and Margie Marshall, Burlington.
The Marshalls raise spring wheat, soybeans and oil sunflowers with their son, Colin, using minimum-till and no-till farming practices. They also lease test plot acreage to Nuseed for sunflower research. They have been farming for more than 40 years. Gregory Marshall also is a member of the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center Board of Visitors, Enerbase Co-op Board, North Dakota Farmers Union and North Dakota Farm Bureau. Margie Marshall is a health-care worker. They have three children.
Other area honorees are:
® Eddy County, Greg and Brenda Rue, Sheyenne.
® Foster County, Jeff and Kim Edland, Glenfield.
® McKenzie County, Jason and Peggy Leiseth, Arnegard.
® Rolette County, Darrel and Phyllis Abrahamson, St. John.
® Wells County, Steven and Kristen Jones, Bowdon.
® Williams County, Vaughn and Becky Cornell, Williston.