SUN VALLEY, ID — Carl Ball, a partner and general manager at Ball Bros. Produce LLC in Lewisville, ID, is the recipient of the Idaho Grower Shippers Association's 2013 Russet Aristocrat Award, an award received by his father, Ron Ball, 16 years earlier.
Ryan Bybee, chairman of the IGSA's 85th annual convention, held here Aug. 28-30, and the IGSA incoming chairman, presented the award to Ball Aug. 30 at the closing banquet.
"This year'sRusset Aristocrat is a man of few words," Bybee said in making the presentation. "When he does speak up, you know he has put much thought into his words. He believes in everything he does and always does what he says."
The sixth of eight children, Ball has "a long history of farming and working in the potato industry," Bybee said. "Carl was raised in Lewisville and worked on the family farms in Monteview, Hamer and Lewisville." The family potato packingshed was started by his uncles and his father, Ron Ball, "and has been in business for 71 years. Carl started his career in the warehouse at a young age bagging and bailing" and carting the 100-pound sacks of potatoes to the rail cars by hand cart.
After high school, Ball attended Ricks College in Rexburg, ID (now BYU Rexburg), and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Ball had "many life-changing events" while in college, including meeting his wife while lat Ricks and taking a class at BYU, which he said changed his future, Bybee said.
According to Bybee, "His professor said, 'If you are going to farm, you may as well check out and start farming. You will hire people to do what I am going to teach you. Go home and start building equity.' That is exactly what he did. Carl has been in the family business ever since."
Ball's family instilled in him a desire to serve, "and serve he has," Bybee said.
In addition to serving in various civic positions, he has been active in several potato organizations, serving on the board of IGSA, the U.S. Potato Board and various industry committees.