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Harvest Bowl

Agribusiness Award

The Harvest Bowl Agribusiness Award is an annual award that recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves in the field of agriculture and business in the state of North Dakota and beyond.

2021 Award Honoree

Agribusiness Award

Eddie Bernhardson

Eddie Bernhardson ’60, ’76, the fifth of eight children, was born in Comstock, Minnesota, in 1928. He grew up during the Great Depression and helped with all the chores on the family farm. He remembers early years of working the land with horses and making all the modern advancements along the way.

After graduating high school from Comstock in 1945, Eddie was awarded a scholarship to Concordia College. He attended for one year but didn’t return for his second year. He was drafted by the Army in 1952 where he saw the very different paths for those in service who had completed higher education compared to those who hadn’t. He returned from Korea in 1954, married his wife, Barbara, in 1955, and enrolled at NDSU to study animal science and agricultural education shortly after.

Eddie continued working on the farm while attending NDSU and became involved in the Livestock Judging Team. In 1962, he and his brothers took over the family farm, but the first year was tough and extremely wet — they couldn’t harvest even a bushel. Fortunately, they had dairy, so the farm survived. That experience led Eddie to Minnesota Extension where he started as the associate agent in Clay County; his family moved to Moorhead in Nov. 1962. Eddie thought it would be a temporary break from the farm, but he worked with Minnesota Extension for 30 years, eventually becoming the Clay County Extension Director.

He kept close ties to NDSU and often worked with his colleagues in North Dakota Extension. He returned to NDSU and earned his master’s degree in agronomy in 1976. Eddie mostly worked with crops, livestock, soils, and horticulture and continued his involvement in 4-H.

Shortly before his retirement, Eddie became involved in Harvest Bowl. He served as Harvest Bowl Chair for many years. During his time as chair, he named a sponsorship committee and an agribusiness award committee. He is credited with elevating the event and helping build a model awards program that celebrates agriculture in the region.

Past Award Recipients:

2021
Eddie Bernhardson

2019
Bill Bowman

2018
Sharon Anderson

2017
Jack Dalrymple

2016
David Berg

2015
Lynden Johnson

2014
Jerry Doan

2013
Richard Frohberg

2012
Neal Fisher

2011
Allan R. Johnson

2010
Gregg Halverson

2009
Ronald Offutt

2008
Eugene R Dahl

2007
Al Gustin

2006
John Bollingberg

2005
Jack Carter

2004
Howard Olson

2003
Jack Dahl

2002
Myron Johnsrud

2001
Mike Warner

2000
Delbert Moore

1999
Walt Ness

1998
Roald Lund

1997
Keith Bjerke

1996
George Sinner

1995
Mark Andrews

1994
Jewel Roningen

1993
Robert Johansen

1992
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