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Williams Retires as North Dakota Seedstocks Director

M. Dale Williams retired after more than 15 years of helping provide farmers in North Dakota with plentiful supplies of pure seed for the production of excellent quality crops.
Williams Retires as North Dakota Seedstocks Director

Dr. M. Dale Williams

March 14, 2017

Dr. M. Dale Williams retired after more than 15 years of helping provide farmers in North Dakota with plentiful supplies of pure seed for the production of excellent quality crops.

Williams began working with Crop Improvement Associations in Stillwater, OK in 1985. He then moved to College Station, TX to serve as Assistant Director and Director of the Texas Foundation Seed Service until 2001. He replaced the retiring LeRoy Spilde (NDSU Professor Emeritus) as Director of the North Dakota Foundation Seedstocks Project in 2001.

At a reception held on March 7 in Loftsgard Hall, several colleagues congratulated Williams and wished him well. NDSU soybean breeder Ted Helms thanked Williams and said, “Dale’s insight helped me make crucial decisions for the soybean breeding project, and he worked hard to bring agriculture groups together to improve North Dakota seed varieties.” ND Foundation Seedstocks Assistant Director Gonzalo Rojas-Cifuentes, retired NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm Director Tom Teigen and ND Crop Improvement and Seed Association Vice President Luke Anderson also thanked Williams.

Williams says he looks forward to “having more personal time to engage with family and friends,” but he will “greatly miss the excitement of working with what I consider the finest people, greatest foundation seed program and greatest agriculture state in the United States.”

Williams received the North Dakota State Crop Show Honoree award in 2015. See the full story at www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/news/williams-honored-at-state-crop-show.

Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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