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Published March 11, 2014, 11:18 AM

Black Gold Farms acquires Dawson Farms in Delhi, La.

Black Gold Farms, an industry leader in Irish potato production, has recently acquired a significant amount of additional sweet potato acreage. This acquisition includes all facilities and real estate from Dawson Farms, the largest sweet potato grower in the mid-south, located near Delhi, La.

By: Agweek Staff Report,

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Black Gold Farms, an industry leader in Irish potato production, has recently acquired a significant amount of additional sweet potato acreage. This acquisition includes all facilities and real estate from Dawson Farms, the largest sweet potato grower in the mid-south, located near Delhi, La.

While Black Gold Farms has been growing sweet potatoes for four years for the processing industry, this acquisition will allow it to considerably expand its volume of processing potatoes, as well as provide an entrance into the table stock sweet potato arena.

“I’m really happy that Black Gold Farms is able to continue to grow what we’ve worked so hard to build,” says Lev Dawson, who started Dawson Farms in 1994. “Our people are excited about fitting into a company that shares a similar passion for production agriculture. This will be a great next chapter for the farm…”

The Dawson Farms Delhi team will join the Black Gold Farms Oak Grove, La., team immediately.

“Our business model has always been to keep our eye out for growth opportunities when and where it makes sense,” says Gregg Halverson, president and CEO of Black Gold Farms. “This acquisition complements not only our sweet potato acreage we now grow near Oak Grove, La., but it also is a great complement to our red potato production in North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Maryland and Texas. The Dawson Farms’ crew has built a great organization and production facility. We are excited to be able to incorporate the additional volume into the Black Gold Farms portfolio.”

With the substantial increase in volume and addition of packing facilities, Black Gold Farms will be adding several sweet potato products to retail and food service.

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