Don Kroeker, potato producer and industry leader, has received a certificate of merit for degree graduates from the University of Manitoba’s faculty of agricultural and food sciences.
Kroeker graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1957 with a bachelor of science in agriculture specializing in agricultural economics. He received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Gold Medal for outstanding scholarship. After graduation, he returned to his family’s operation Kroeker Farms Ltd. in Winkler.
Under his guidance, the farm grew to over 5,000 acres and between 60 and 160 employees, depending on the season. He also became active in the Manitoba potato industry, developing markets and production for table, chipping, french fry and seed potatoes. He also led numerous innovations in irrigation and direct seeding.
In addition to directing Kroeker Farms Ltd., Kroeker has played a leadership role in agricultural and community organizations. He served as a director and president of the Keystone Vegetable Producers Association and a founder and president of the Chipping Potato Growers of Manitoba. He was involved in the inception of the Prairie Potato Council, served as a director and president, and eventually received the council’s Distinguished Service Award. As well, he maintained his professional affiliation in the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists and was recently awarded an honorary life membership.