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M A Y J U N E 2 0 1 614 POTATO GROWER Black Gold Farms Executive to Lead Potatoes USA International Marketing Committee John Halverson of Arbyrd MO was re- elected to the Potatoes USA Executive Committee on March 17 2016 at the organizations 44th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs Colorado. He will be serving his fourth year on the Board and his second year on its Executive Committee. In 2015 he served as Co- Chairman of the Domestic Marketing committee and in 2014 he served on the Boards Administrative Committee also as a member of the Domestic Marketing Committee. Halverson has been involved with pota- to production his entire life and works out of Black Gold Farms business unit in Arbyrd MO. Black Gold Farms is a glob- al production sales and service opera- tion specializing in potatoes for the chip fresh and seed markets. John is pri- marily involved in the chip-stock and fresh sectors of the industry. Sweet pota- toes wheat corn and soybeans are also grown on the farms. I have a passion for potatoes Halverson said. It is what my family has done for generations and we all love it with a passion. My brother Eric and sister Leah and I are fourth genera- tion farmers in our business which dates back to 1928 in the Red River Valley of North Dakota. Halverson attended North Dakota State University Fargo North Dakota and studied Agricultural Economics. He is married to Angie and they have three daughters Hannah age 13 Ava age 10 and Lilly age 4. He enjoys golfing in the summer months and college foot- ball during fallwinter