First in­ter­na­tional mem­ber

Pota­toes New Zealand is de­lighted to an­nounce Ag World Sup­port Sys­tems (AWSS) as their first in­ter­na­tional As­so­ciate Mem­ber.

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Warren Hen­ninger (Founder/ Chair­man) ap­proached Pota­toes New Zealand about be­com­ing a Trade Mem­ber with a view to en­ter­ing the New Zealand mar­ket.

So, let’s find out about what Ag World Sup­port Sys­tems (AWSS) does… Ag World Sup­port Sys­tem’s vi­sion is to be the trusted leader in agri­cul­tural in­spec­tion ser­vices world­wide. AWSS gen­er­ates mean­ing­ful in­for­ma­tion cus­tomers use to op­ti­mize their op­er­a­tions and re­la­tion­ships, they lis­ten and adapt to needs, and they en­cour­age the pur­suit of po­ten­tial for them­selves and those they serve.

Warren Hen­ninger was born and raised on a potato farm in Penn­syl­va­nia, USA and learned at an early age to work with pota­toes. As a young man, he con­tin­ued his in­volve­ment with pota­toes serv­ing as pres­i­dent of both lo­cal and district Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica chap­ters. Af­ter earn­ing an Agron­omy de­gree from Penn State Univer­sity, Warren planned on re­turn­ing to the fam­ily farm.

His plans changed when Warren’s fa­ther stated there was no fu­ture in potato farm­ing in their area of Penn­syl­va­nia as the fu­ture of potato farm­ing was out West. Warren fol­lowed his fa­ther’s ad­vice and con­tin­ued his education by pur­su­ing a Master’s De­gree in Agron­omy at Ore­gon State Univer­sity in Cor­val­lis, Ore­gon.

Warren’s goal of a ca­reer in the potato in­dus­try soon be­came a re­al­ity when he worked as a potato re­searcher and field man­ager for Sim­plot in Cald­well, Idaho and Her­mis­ton, Ore­gon, USA. He then moved to Moses Lake, Wash­ing­ton USA where he served as area field man­ager for Car­na­tion, later to be Nes­tle; then Sim­plot.

Warren was con­tent with his ca­reer path, but God had dif­fer­ent plans and laid it upon Warren’s heart to take a huge leap of faith and ven­ture out on his own. Hav­ing served the potato in­dus­try for many years, Warren saw a need for a third-party, pri­vate, in­spec­tion ser­vice which led him to es­tab­lish Ag World Sup­port Sys­tems (AWSS) in June 1997 to pro­vide un­bi­ased and pro­fes­sional agri­cul­tural in­spec­tions, sam­pling and anal­y­sis.

Twenty years later, Warren’s vi­sion to ser­vice the potato pro­cess­ing plants in ev­ery area of North Amer­ica is closer to be­com­ing a re­al­ity. AWSS ser­vices J.R. Sim­plot Com­pany, McCain Foods, Lamb We­ston, and Cavendish with US plants in Wash­ing­ton, Idaho, North Dakota, Wis­con­sin, and Maine as well as plants in Man­i­toba Canada, and China. With the es­tab­lish­ment of a strong base in the US and Canada, his vi­sion is to con­tinue to ex­pand around the world wher­ever pota­toes are be­ing pro­cessed.

As Founder and Chair­man of Ag World Sup­port Sys­tems, Warren is de­lighted to have his son, Bryan serve as Pres­i­dent/CEO of the com­pany. It has been a joy for Warren to see the next gen­er­a­tion will­ing and able to lead the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Giv­ing back to oth­ers by us­ing the gifts God has given him is im­por­tant to Warren. He faith­fully vol­un­teers his time in lead­er­ship in his church com­mu­nity, serves on the Wash­ing­ton Potato Foun­da­tion Board which pro­vides schol­ar­ships to stu­dents who en­ter agre­lated fields of study and he sits on the Agri­cul­ture Board for Op­por­tu­nity In­ter­na­tional, an or­ga­ni­za­tion seek­ing to pro­vide jobs to un­der­served coun­tries. In ad­di­tion, Warren serves on the Board of Di­rec­tors for the Ron­ald Mc­Don­ald House of the In­land North­west which pro­vides a home for fam­i­lies with chil­dren seek­ing hospi­tal care in Spokane, Wash­ing­ton USA. Warren will be at­tend­ing the Pota­toes New Zealand Con­fer­ence on 26-27 July. If you are in­ter­ested in meet­ing him please email when­ninger@ Agin­spec­tions.com. To learn more about Warren and Ag World Sup­port Sys­tems go to AgIn­spec­tions.com. Pota­toes New Zealand Trade and As­so­ciate mem­ber­ship is avail­able to any or­gan­i­sa­tion in­volved in potato pro­cess­ing or as­so­ci­ated ac­tiv­i­ties in New Zealand. For more in­for­ma­tion please visit http://pota­toesnz.co.nz/ about/mem­ber­ship/ or Con­tact Chris Clar­idge via email at chris.clar­idge@ pota­toesnz.co.nz.

Warren saw a need for a third-party, pri­vate, in­spec­tion ser­vice which led him to es­tab­lish Ag World Sup­port Sys­tems (AWSS) in June 1997.

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