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Ronald D. Offutt named to N.D. Entrepreneur Hall of Fame

-- GRAND FORKS, N.D. Longtime Fargo, N.D., entrepreneur Ronald D. Offutt recently was honored by the Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Offutt, the founder, chairman and CEO of R.D. Offutt Co. and RDO Equipmen...

-- GRAND FORKS, N.D. Longtime Fargo, N.D., entrepreneur Ronald D. Offutt recently was honored by the Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Offutt, the founder, chairman and CEO of R.D. Offutt Co. and RDO Equipment Co., was inducted into the North Dakota Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. The state Entrepreneur Hall of Fame, established in 1986 by the Center for Innovation, recognizes state entrepreneurs and inventors for long-standing entrepreneurial contributions to the state and nation. Offutt grew up on the family farm in Moorhead, Minn. In 1964, he received a bachelor's degree in economics from Concordia College in Moorhead. Four years later, Offutt founded R.D. Offutt Co., comprised of a variety of businesses that today employ more than 4,000 people. The company cornerstone is a farming enterprise that has grown to encompass farmland in 12 states totaling 190,000 acres. RDO is the nation's largest producer of potatoes. RDO Equipment Co. owns the largest network of John Deere construction and agricultural equipment dealerships in the United States, with more than 60 locations in 10 states. In 1978, Offutt entered the food processing business with the purchase of an Atlanta french fry plant. Today, the company owns eight plants and processes more than 500 million pounds of potatoes.

Eric Mack joins American Gelbvieh Association-- WESTMINSTER, Colo. The American Gelbvieh Association has hired Eric Mack of Lewistown, Mont., as director of activities. Mack will coordinate AGA's role with major shows, manage the Ring of Gold points program, as well as work on special commercial marketing projects such as commercial female sales and feeder calf features. Mack grew up on a ranch near Lewistown and has his own herd of registered Angus cattle. He has worked as ranch hand and also done some custom fitting work with both Gelbvieh and Angus show cattle. He has extensive experience with both commercial cattle and seedstock operations. He attended Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., and graduated from Montana State University-Bozeman with a bachelor's degree in agricultural business.

Stockmen's group names honorary members-- FARGO, N.D. The North Dakota Stockmen's Association presented former NDSA President Melvin Leland of Sidney, Mont., and former NDSA District 1 Director Ken Solberg of Rugby, N.D., with Honorary Lifetime Membership at the organization's recent annual convention banquet in Fargo, N.D. Leland is a 38-year NDSA member and the immediate past president. Before being elected president, Leland served as vice president for two years and as a director for three years. Solberg has been an agribusinessman for the past 45 years and an NDSA member for the past 41. He owned and managed Rugby Livestock Auction for more than 32 years before selling the business and going to work as a livestock order buyer.

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