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Excellence in Agriculture at Annual Harvest Bowl

By Staff | Nov 20, 2015

Barb and Steve Fritel were honored at the 2015 Harvest Bowl on Nov. 6.

The excellence in Agriculture was on display during the renowned 42nd Annual NDSU Harvest Bowl that recognizes the success, dedication and hard work of outstanding agriculturists.

These attributes were found among agriculturists in the 53 counties that apprise North Dakota, plus several more counties in Minnesota were honored during the Harvest Bowl program held on the grounds of North Dakota State University, Friday, Nov. 6.

The 2015 Harvest Bowl honorees from Pierce County were Steve and Barb Fritel. They have a cash grain operation near Barton. They grow spring wheat, soybeans, pinto beans, corn and confection sunflowers. They use one-pass seeding and application for all crop nutrients needed, utilizing variable-rate technology. Steve has an associates degree from North Dakota State College of Science and was awarded the Pierce County Young Farmer of the Year Award. He and his son own Fritel Ag Sales, a Brock bin grain-handling equipment dealership. Steve serves as second vice chairman for CHS and represents CHS on the NDSU Burdick Center of Cooperatives board. He is a past 4-H club leader, was a member of the Pierce County Ag Improvement Association, and served on the board for North Dakota Farm and Ranch Management, the North Central Research Extension Center board of visitors, Rugby Farmers Elevator board and Envision board. Barb graduated from North Dakota State College of Science as a legal secretary. She retired from her job as a computer technician at Farm and Ranch Management. She is a past 4-H club leader, taught religious education and served on the Heart of America Library board. They have three grown children.

When asked about his thoughts on being selected as the 2015 Pierce County Harvest Bowl Honoree, Steve Fritel shared, “It is an honor to be recognized by my peers and fellow agriculturalists for my farming efforts and work in helping to promote agriculture”. He went on to express his appreciation to the local Agriculture Improvement Association Board of Directors for selecting him as the Pierce County Honoree as he was a previous member of the Pierce County Ag Improvement Association and understands the rigors of the selection process each year. He concluded, “The entire Harvest Bowl experience was fun and rewarding” made even more special “because I knew many of the honorees from other counties across N.D.”

It is dedication from men and women like the Fritels that continues to make North Dakota one of the leading states in agriculture production.

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