1997 ~ Kenneth Topp
Kenneth Topp was an elevator manager and farmer from Grace City, North Dakota. He was an early promoter of the crop in central North Dakota. His grain elevator handled a large volume of the crop and he was one of several country locations who moved large volumes of sunflower directly to Mexico. Kenneth also began processing confection sunflower. He served on the North Dakota Sunflower Council as well as the National Sunflower Association board of directors.