Last Saturday (October 9th, 2010), the first annual Klamath Falls Ag Expo held an awards dinner to recognize area farmers, ranchers and ag-related businesses for their contribution to the local economy and prestige they bring to Klamath Basin agriculture. And we are very proud to say Gold Dust Potato Processors brought home one of the very first Aggies!
Held at the Klamath County Fairgrounds October 8th and 9th, the Klamath Fall Ag Expo gave area farms, ranchers and vendors an opportunity to network and see what companies are working on for the future of farm equipment, irrigation, fertilizer and other areas of agriculturally-related technology and practices. The Aggies Awards banquet not only featured a savory beef dinner with wine, beer and cheesecake, but after the awards were handed out country music star Steve Azar played for the guests. As one of the many sponsors of the event, Gold Dust was very happy to support the Ag Expo despite the fact our field crews are deep into potato harvest and couldn’t join the festivities. Though the harvest bosses and crew weren’t there, a few of the office staff were able to make it to cheer on Tricia as she accepted the award!
Since the title of this post gave away the category of the prestigious award we won (Ag Tourism Farmer of the Year for those not paying attention), we’ll take this opportunity to thank the people who nominated us for the award and to the voters who awarded it to us. As Tricia said in her acceptance speech, it takes a lot of hardworking people, both in the fields and in the offices, to do what we do and to be successful. With our business expanding into South and Central America and in several other countries in the Pacific Rim and our growing domestic customer base, we feel we represent the best of what Klamath Basin farming has to offer to our local economy as well as to the world. And we couldn’t be where we are without the hard work from the guys out in the field, the men and women in the spud trucks and the shed floor, or without the dedication of the folks in office. Thank you all.
Again, thank you to the Klamath Falls Ag Expo committee for putting together the trade show and awards banquet. This award will look great next to our Environmental Stewardship award from the National Potato Council! We truly do appreciate the recognition and look forward to attending the Ag Expo again next year.