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Industry veterans join Wisconsin association’s Hall of Fame

Larry Alsum, president and CEO of Alsum Farms & Produce Inc., and Dick Okray, president of Okray Family Farms, are the newest members of the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Association Hall of Fame.

Their accomplishments in state and national potato industries were recognized during the association’s annual awards banquet Feb. 5 in Stevens Point, Wis.

Alsum became the general manager of the family company, then named Alsum Produce Inc., Friesland, Wis., when his cousin died in a plane crash. He is celebrating his 39th year as president and CEO, according to a news release.

Larry Alsum has had leadership roles in the Wisconsin association, the National Potato Council and Potatoes USA, as well as numerous local organizations, from volunteer fireman to school board, according to the release.

Okray has been employed since 1982 at the Plover-based Okray Family Farms, which grows 7,750 acres of potatoes and row crops. He has been on the executive committee of the U.S. Potato Board (now known as Potatoes USA), and has served as an ambassador of the U.S. potato industry, attending World Potato Congress events across the globe.

The association recognized other members of the Wisconsin vegetable industry at the Feb. 5 event.

Read the full report in The Packer here

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