Education ResourcesProcessing and Agricultural Schools
Richard Mont Retires as Director of McGinnis Institute of Beet Sugar Technologists
Mr. Rick Mont officially retired as Director of the McGinnis Institute of Beet Sugar Technologists on October 1, 2020. Mr. Mont spent the last seven years as our Director but his sharing of knowledge goes back to 1993 when he first presented Filtration/Thickening and eventually Carbonation and Filtration at our schools.
Under Rick’s guidance and direction, our Beet End and Sugar End Schools have been very successful and we have had great attendance from across our industry. Rick’s attention to detail and his personality were a perfect fit for being Director.
We wish Rick the very best of good health and happiness and thank him for his personal contributions to our industry.
The Beet Sugar Agriculture School is sponsored and directed by the Beet Sugar Development Foundation on behalf of the Member and Associate Member Companies. It is
a self-sustaining school of agriculture technology and practice. The purpose of the school is to provide to its students the basics of sugar beet production, as well as the latest technology and practices. The course will concentrate on,
but not be exclusive to, that area of the country in which it is being held in any year. The school should increase the knowledge and heighten the awareness of its students to circumstances they may encounter in the area of sugar beet production.
The purpose of the Beet Sugar Processing Schools is to instruct beet sugar company employees and other technologists in the fundamentals and beyond on factory processes, their
application to factory operations and the details of the practical operations of the unit processes. Since details of equipment and process vary from factory to factory, major emphasis will be given to the most commonly used equipment and practices,
but some coverage will be given to other systems still in operation. The courses are designed to make the student more valuable to the employer and to provide a greater potential for advancement.
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William (Bill) Gough
Director of MISBT
Having grown up on a sugarbeet farm and involved in FFA in High School, Bill Gough has been involved in sugarbeet production, harvesting, storage and processing his entire life. He contracted to raise sugarbeets for Michigan Sugar Co., Croswell factory, starting in the Carsonville High School FFA in the mid 1960’s and continued raising sugarbeets through the late 1980’s when he was promoted to Agricultural Manager for the Michigan Sugar Company, Carrollton District. As the Ag Manager he was responsible for managing Agriculturists, Agricultural Operations, beet transfers and beet receiving stations located in Gratiot, Saginaw, Tuscola, Bay, Midland, Genesee, Shiawasee, Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan along with several Northern Ohio counties. Previous to that he was an Agriculturist for the Sebewaing District with growers in Huron and Tuscola counties. He became a grower owner when Michigan Sugar transitioned into a cooperative in 2002. In 2003, Bill accepted the opportunity to become the Factory Manager for the Caro Factory of Michigan Sugar Company.
Bill has been a member of the ASSBT since becoming an Agricultural Manager. He has also been a lecturer for the McGinnis Institute of Beet Sugar Technology since 2010.
Bill graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in Biological Sciences and from Saginaw Valley State University with a MBA in Management. He is married with one son and two grandsons.
After working for Michigan Sugar Co for 37 years, Bill and his wife, Christine, retired and have relocated to northern Michigan on the banks of the West Branch of the Muskegon River. He is enjoying life along the river, which includes watching the wildlife (deer, bears, and the occasional beaver and bob cat). He also enjoys hiking the miles of trails located on the thousands of acres of State and Federal lands in the area and RV camping with family and friends.
The purpose of the Agricultural School is to provide to its students the basics of sugar beet production, as well as the latest technology and practices. The course will concentrate on, but not be exclusive to, that area of the country in which
it is being held in any year. The school should increase the knowledge and heighten the awareness of its students to circumstances they may encounter in the area of sugar beet production.
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Director of MISBT – Agricultural School
Paul Pfenninger has spent his entire career working in the sugar beet industry of Michigan. Starting in 1978 as a Laboratory Director for Michigan Sugar Company, he spent time as Agricultural Manager and eventually as Vice President of Agriculture
for his last 22 years. He retired from Michigan Sugar Company in 2016 and accepted the role of Executive Vice President of Beet Sugar Development Foundation (BSDF) and American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT) in July of 2016. He
was an active member on the Board of Directors of both BSDF and ASSBT as well as the West Coast Beet Seed Company in Oregon – being past President of all three organizations.