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NDSU Harvest Bowl Agribusiness Award Recipient Named
North Dakota Ag Connection - 10/12/2017

Jack Dalrymple, former governor of North Dakota, will receive the 2017 Agribusiness Award on Nov. 10 during North Dakota State University's 44th annual Harvest Bowl program.

This award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in North Dakota and beyond.

Dalrymple grew up near Casselton on the family farm, which was established in 1875 as North Dakota's first large-scale wheat farm. He graduated with honors from Yale University in 1970 and then returned to North Dakota to manage the farming operations.

In 1982, he was named Outstanding Young Farmer of North Dakota and went on to win the Outstanding Young Farmer of the U.S. award.

Dalrymple's service in the North Dakota Legislature began in 1985 after he was elected to represent a rural Cass County House district. He served eight terms, including six years as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

While serving in the Legislature, Dalrymple was responsible for the reorganization of the Agricultural Products Utilization Commission into a value-added grant program. He also initiated the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education and its innovative granting committees.

A nationally recognized leader in value-added agriculture, Dalrymple was the founding board chairman of Carrington-based Dakota Growers Pasta Co., the third-largest manufacturer and marketer of dry pasta products in North America.

His work in helping found the company earned him the 2007 Ernst and Young Midwest Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

In 2000, Dalrymple was elected North Dakota's 35th lieutenant governor, serving 10 years with former Gov. John Hoeven. His responsibilities included the state budget, and he shepherded the funding and completion of the Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex at NDSU.

Dalrymple was sworn in as the 32nd governor of North Dakota on Dec. 7, 2010, and served as the state's chief executive officer until Dec. 15, 2016. As governor, he worked to grow and diversify North Dakota's economy and create good jobs and economic opportunities for its citizens.

Today, Dalrymple continues to manage Dalrymple Farms at Casselton and enjoys hunting, fishing and family time with his wife, Betsy, and their four daughters.

Outstanding agriculturists from all counties in North Dakota and 10 counties in western Minnesota also will be honored during the Harvest Bowl program, and scholarships will be awarded to outstanding male and female NDSU athletes.

The 44th annual Harvest Bowl festivities begin Nov. 10 at the Delta by Marriot hotel, formerly known as the Ramada Plaza Suites, with a dinner and awards ceremony. On Saturday, honorees will attend the Harvest Bowl football game.

For information on Harvest Bowl and to register, visit the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association website at, call the NDSU alumni office toll-free at 800-279-8971 or locally at 701-231-6800, or email Lana Hillius at

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