Potatoes USA Chairman shares vision for industry’s future

Tucked in the Bootheel region of Missouri, Black Gold Farms COO John Halverson continues to carve out an expanding potato production and service operation near Arbyrd. During the past four years, Black Gold Farms has added another 300 acres of red potatoes, but chip- stock production remains the lion’s share of the operation. At the 2017 Potatoes USA annual meeting, Halverson was nominated as chairman. He has been a board member of Potatoes USA, formerly known as the United States Potato Board, since March 2012, representing Missouri. “I have a passion for potatoes,” Halverson said. “It is what my family has done for generations, and we all love it with a passion. My brother, Eric, and sister, Leah, and I are fourth generation farmers in our business, which dates back to 1928 in the Red River Valley of North Dakota.” More