Keith Witte, a durum producer from rural Regent, N.D., received the United States Durum Growers Association’s (USDGA) 2012 Durum Person of the Year award during the Crop Outlook and International Durum Forum luncheon held Nov. 13 in Minot.
The award recognizes a durum producer who has shown outstanding commitment and dedication to the durum industry.
Witte grew up on a durum-producing farm and has raised durum on his own farming operation for more than 20 years. He is a long-time member of USDGA and served nine years on its board of directors. In addition, Witte is active with the Slope-Hettinger Soil Conservation District, Hettinger-Grant-Sioux Thrivent Financial Chapter and Hettinger County Crop and Livestock Improvement Association.
“Keith is a very deserving recipient of this award,” says USDGA President Keith Deutsch. “His commitment and dedication to the durum industry is evident in his production and service on the USDGA board of directors.”
USDGA’s mission is to increase the profitability of durum production through effective market development and promotion and coordinated communication and educational outreach. For more information, please visit www.durumgrowers.com.