Grand Forks Simplot plant to close for two weeks
April 28, 2020
The J.R. Simplot potato processing plant in Grand Forks has closed for two weeks, beginning on Thursday, April 23.
Black Gold Farms finds an opportunity to increase shipping reliability with the launch of new company, Horizon Logistics LLC.
October 11, 2019
Horizon Logistics is a new company formed by the Halverson Family and Black Gold Farms. Headquartered in Grand Forks, N.D., Horizon Logistics is an independent, full service, asset-based transportation company serving Black Gold Farms.
Black Gold Farms announces the promotions of Mike Behrendt and Keith Groven
September 30, 2019
Black Gold Farms announces the promotions of Mike Behrendt and Keith Groven. Behrendt, held the role of Midwest Director of Operations. Groven, held the role of Fresh Sales Manager and will transition to Director of Operations.
Planting report: Wet spring delays showing up in the numbers
June 03, 2019
Updates from the United States Department of Agriculture - National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) on the progress of (potato) planting throughout the United States. An overview.
Black Gold Farms appoints Kerwin Bradley as Chief Production Officer
February 18, 2019
Black Gold Farms recently announced that Kerwin Bradley has joined the organization as the Chief Production Officer (CPO). As CPO, Kerwin will support all aspects of crop production and sit on the executive team.
Cold, wet weather threatens potatoes in Red River Valley
October 16, 2018
With low temperatures from last week expected to linger into this week, harvest is not looking good for potato farmers in the Red River Valley
Simplot potato processing plant in Grand Forks damaged by fire
September 23, 2018
An equipment fire at the Simplot potato processing plant in Grand Forks, ND late last Wednesday, forced employees to evacuate and caused an estimated USD 150.000 of damage.
USDA buys large amount of red potatoes to increase the market price
July 02, 2018
Red Potato Farmers in North Dakota and Minnesota helped out by a $3 million in purchase of red potatoes for nutrition assistance programs through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
Potatoes look good in North Dakota, Minnesota.
August 29, 2017
Red River Valley potato growers generally have avoided drought and deluge this growing season. That bodes well for the soon-to-begin 2017 harvest.
Red River Valley Potatoes launches New Website
November 14, 2016
Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA) has launched a new website, one entirely dedicated to promoting potatoes grown for the fresh market and branded as Red River Valley Potatoes. Fittingly, the new web address is
Rains again cause trouble for Potato farmers in the Red River Valley
September 27, 2016
Just when some potato growers in the Red River Valley were beginning to make some progress with the harvest, Mother Nature stepped in and slammed the door.
Potato Psyllid Alert for North Dakota
August 11, 2016
Potato psyllids have been reported in specific fields in western and central North Dakota. At this point populations are not widespread.