Sidney Sugars Hires New Agriculturalist
James Johnson is the newest member of the team of agriculturalists at Sidney Sugars. Growing up on a farm at Oberon ND, he has been involved in farming his whole life, and worked for sugar beet growers during college learning the industry from the ground up. Johnson earned his degree in Ag systems management from NDSU Fargo in May 2016 and is now putting that degree to use. His responsibilities include helping the growers in his area grow a high quality crop. He will cover Savage, Pleasant View and Powder River, also overseeing harvest activities.
He sees some differences with the Sidney Sugars growing area compared to the Red River Valley. This area depends on irrigation and has smaller, odd shaped fields, while the Red River Valley has no irrigation, and perfect squares of 80 to 160 acres.
Johnson said he is excited to work with the growers in this area. "I've heard nothing but good things about them. I hope to help in any way I can to help improve their crops," he said.
Sidney Sugars agricultural manager Duane Peters welcomed Johnson stating, "We are very pleased to have him on our staff and can't wait to introduce him to the growers. We are going to miss Todd Erickson who is moving back to Fargo where he is from."