John Bollingberg, Bremen, N.D., will receive the 2006 Agri-business Award at the 33rd annual North Dakota State University Harvest Bowl Nov. 10-11.
Born and raised on the family farm near New Rockford, N.D., Bollingberg earned a bachelor's degree in 1955 from NDSU. After graduating, he returned to the family farm and became actively involved in community and state relations.
Bollingberg served on the board of directors for the Bremen Elevator, Wells County Better Seed and Grain, North Dakota Farm Bureau, and served as Legislative Committee chair with the Farm Bureau. In addition, he served on the North Dakota Edible Bean Growers Council and represented it on the Agriculture Coalition Board. During his career, he was appointed to the American Oat Association. As a member of the association, he represented oat breeders, processors and producers from significant oat-producing states in Washington, D.C.
Since retiring in 1998, he continues his involvement with agriculture by serving as a Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. director. As a director, he is a member of the State Finance and Education Committee. He also is a member of the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education and continues his business of selling Pioneer Hi-Bred International seed.
Bollingberg's contributions reach beyond the field of agriculture. He has been involved for many years with church activities, serving in various positions. He was a board member on the Wells County Farm Bureau Board, Bremen School Board and Fessenden School Board.
John and Margaret, his wife, raised six children. Four graduated from NDSU.
Source: NDSU Extension Communications