FARGO, N.D. -- The Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association has announce that Harrison Weber has been named as the Association’s new executive director. 

The Association represents approximately 2,500 sugar beet growers from both Minnesota and North Dakota who are shareholders in American Crystal Sugar Company.

Prior to joining the Association, Weber worked at the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and most recently with the North Dakota Soybean Council. 

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with our producers in the Red River Valley and with our legislative partners at the state and national levels," Weber said in a statement.

Weber grew up in Casselton, N.D., and received his bachelor's of science in business administration from Valley City State University and his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks.  He will begin his new duties on Dec. 2.

“We are pleased to have Harrison coming to work for us.  He brings experience in raising sugarbeets as well as in working directly with growers’ associations," said Dan Younggren, president of the Growers Association, in a statement.

Weber replaces former executive director Duane Maatz, with whom the Association parted ways after deciding it wanted someone to be more involved in lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C.

Harrison has ties to the both his former and new organizations, through his family. His father, Mark F. Weber, of Casselton, was executive director of the RRVSGA for 12 years, ending in 2003. Prior to that, Mark was the founding executive director of the North Dakota Soybean Council and  North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, where he served six years. Mark spent some time in industry and went on to be executive director of the Northern Crops Institute from 2011 through 2017.