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Crop & Livestock Association (Agriculturalist of the Year)

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Ransom County Crop & Livestock Improvement Association

The scholarship is available to high school seniors and individuals who are attending a post-secondary institution and will not be graduating in the spring of 2018.  The applicant's family must be a resident of Ransom County, ND.  Applicants must be pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field.  More information and the application are found on the following links.


Application Form (PDF)  - postmarked no later than February 1, 2018

Application Form (Word)

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Agriculturalist of the Year Banquet

The annual banquet will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019.  Nominations are due February 1 to either AgCountry Farm Credit Services at (701) 683-4172, or the Ransom County Extension Service at (701) 683-6128.

Agriculturalist of the Year Nomination Form

Agriculturalist of the Year Selection Procedure

Businesses can purchase a membership for $50 which gives them advertising on the banquet place mat and tickets for two meals.
can purchase a ticket for $20.00 per person.  Tickets can be obtained from any Crop & Livestock director or at the Ransom County Extension Service office.


2018 Agriculturalist of the Year

Dr. Andrew Peterson

The 2018 Ransom County Agriculturalist of the Year may not be your neighbor harvesting this year’s crop or the neighbor down the road doing night checks for new born calves.  As the individual wrote in this year’s nomination packet an Agriculturalist can be anyone that helps to feed the world population.  The agriculture profession is not just the Farmers and Ranchers, but it can also be feed sales, crop advisors, ag educators, veterinarians, or seed dealers and ag lenders.  I think we can all agree that agriculture comes in many forms.

This year’s agriculturalist grew up north of here in Hunter, ND on a beef and grain farm.  He was the youngest of three boys and was given the task of doing chores since his brothers did not like doing them.    He graduated from Hunter High School.  He then went on and attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota Veterinary College.  While he was enrolled in Pre-Vet he was also active in ROTC and from there he received an early commission and served in the U.S. Army as an officer for 2 years.  He served a short period of time as Professor at the University of Minnesota in the Veterinary College.

His farming operation consists of 85 ewes, but more importantly he cares for hundreds of his client’s livestock on a daily basis.  He currently rents out his cropland.  He was a “Green” farmer before it was fashionable.  He has a knack for repurposing items to work for his livestock operation.  Some items he has made include repurposing coolers to hold syringes while vaccinating cattle to protect against sunlight and temperature extremes, and recently he has made a feeder out of pallets for the bottle lambs. 

He has been very active in the community being a large support of both the 4-H and FFA programs in Ransom County.  He is a member of the Lions Club board and serves as president.  He sits on the church board and is chair of finance.  He is a member of Farm Bureau, American Legion, American Veterinary Medical Association, ND Veterinary Medical Association, and Ransom County Crop and Livestock Association.  He is also a volunteer member of the ND Veterinary Corp.

He has been honored for his achievements and leadership roles by receiving the Melvin Jones Award from the Lions Club, he is a charter member of the Enderlin Lions Club, received the friend of 4-H Award, has been recognized by FFA for his support, and was the first veterinary clinic in ND to become computerized.  Most recently, he was awarded the ND Veterinarian of the Year in 2017.

Dr. Peterson has been a dedicated veterinarian in Enderlin for 40 years.  The stories he has about the different cases he has dealt with over the years are endless.  He has worked on about any type of animal that can be worked on.  During his career he has seen how floods, tornadoes, blizzards and droughts affect livestock.  He has seen the top of the cattle market as well as the bottom.  He has witnessed clients having to sell out and he has also seen the joy of a young person just getting started in the business.  Dr. Peterson has experienced several Anthrax outbreaks and other outbreaks such as West Nile, Sleeping Sickness, TB and various rabies cases.  In the early years the family experienced calves in the bathtub, baby pigs in the back porch, horses on the lawn and cats, dogs and birds on the kitchen table.  He decided it was time to build his clinic after freezing his back while doing a C-section.

Dr. Andrew Peterson and his wife Myrene have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  Laura graduated from NDSU with an Animal Science degree and currently works for the USDA at the Pembina Port of Entry.

Margaret and her son Tommy live in Enderlin.  She graduated from NDSU with a degree in Massage Therapy and an Acupuncture Degree.  She also has her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College. 

Gwen and her husband Casey have 2 children and live in Brookings, SD.  Gwen serves as the Director of the Ag Museum at SDSU.  Gwen received her Bachelor of Science degree from NDSU and her master’s degree came from the University of Cardiff in Wales.

Congratulations, Dr. Andrew Peterson, as the 2018 Ransom County Agriculturalist of the Year.




Past Agriculturalist of the Year Recipients

* Denotes Deceased

1965-  Albert Strand *
1966-  Wesley Tanner *
1967-  R.D. Magill *
1968-  Alf Larson *
1969-  Oscar Ringdahl*
1970-  Wesley Leibbrand *
1971-  Joe Milton *
1972-  Lawrence Dick *
1973-  Earl Sulerud *
1974-  Albert Cross *
1975-  Lloyd Forness *
1976-  Russell M. Bueling  *
1977-  Vernon Dagman *
1978-  John Kaspari *
1979-  Neal B. Coit *
1980-  Levi Carlson*
1981-  Walfred Billing*
1982-  Richard Torbenson *
1983-  Alden Cavett *
1984-  Raymond Stroh *
1985-  Jonathon "Mike" Flatt *
1986-  Wyman Galbreath*
1987-  Ardell Slattum *
1988-  Ervin Bartholomay *
1989-  Louis "Bud" Qual *
1990-  Art Alexander *
1991-  Marvin Bartle *
1992-  Ilef Olerud *
1993-  Wayne Muilenburg *
1994-  Robert J. Lloyd *
1995-  Maynard Hitchcock *
1996-  Irvin "Dale" Morrison *
1997-  Merle Lemnus*
1998-  Richard Dick*
1999-  Alfred "Bud" Nord *
2000-  Ernest Fadness*
2001-  Alex Rotenberger *
2002-  Harry Hakanson
2003-  Paul J. Spiekermeier*
2004-  Charles Rotenberger
2005-  Richard Huether *
2006-  Norman "Tony" Brown *
2007-  James "Jim" Dick
2008 - Norm Cross *
2009 - Warren Wiltse
2010 - Ronald Sagvold
2011 - Leo Lyons*
2012 - George Petrich *
2013 - Argil Froemke
2014 - Robert "Bob" Reinke
2015 - Glenn Weisenhaus *
2016 - Dave Utke
2017 - Ardis Taylor


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2018 Crop & Livestock Improvement Association

Board of Directors:

President - Jeremy Erdmann, Producer
Vice-President - Travis Dagman, Producer
Secretary/Treasurer - Brian Zimprich

Kyle Huether, Producer
Ryan Lyons, Producer
Eric Mairs, Producer
Jeff Lyons, Producer
Thatcher Peterson, Producer
Jon Qual, Producer
Aaron Seykora, Industry Rep.

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