MURDOCK - Jim Falk, a longtime certified seed producer from Murdock, was awarded the Achievement in Crop Improvement award during the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association's annual meeting Jan. 9 in Fergus Falls.

The award is the association's highest honor and is presented annually to recognize exemplary service to the seed industry as well as outstanding leadership in agriculture and the local community.

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Falk, who started farming with his father, owns and operates Falks Seed Farm Inc., which produces certified wheat and oat seed and provides corn, soybeans, alfalfa and native seed mixes.

Falks Seed Farm's state-of-the-art seed conditioning facility features two fully automatic, computer-controlled seed conditioning lines with an optical color sorter and robotic bag palletizer. A wind turbine and solar panels supply 80 percent of the electricity needs at the seed facility.

The company also provides cleaning and packaging of high-quality oats for horse feed and expanded into specialty crops - currently contracting, processing, and exporting food grade soybeans to Asian markets. They also offer organic seed products and are a certified organic processor of seed and grain.