Bergman Honored With Irrigation Excellence Award

Bismarck - Retired joint supervisor of the Williston Research Extension Center and Eastern Ag Research Center, Jerald "Jerry" Bergman, was honored by the North Dakota Irrigation Association (NDIA) with the Irrigation Excellence Award.

This award, given annually by the NDIA to individuals who exhibit leadership, outstanding service, and advancement in the irrigation industry in North Dakota, was presented Dec. 7 during the 60th annual Joint North Dakota Water Convention and Irrigation Workshop, Bismarck.

For nearly 50 years, Bergman has been instrumental in the development of irrigated research in North Dakota and Montana, a joint region encompassing more than 30 million acres. Bergman led the effort to bring resources and funding to the Williston and Sidney areas for irrigation research and development. In his 49-year career, he secured funding to develop the NDSU Nesson Valley Irrigation Research and Development Project (NVIRDP), and his legacy will continue with the Irrigation Research and Development Technology Transfer Center at the NVIRDP with construction in 2024.

Bergman retired in October 2022, but his leadership and forward-thinking regarding value-added agriculture using advanced irrigation technologies will live on in the region.


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