Interview with Bryan Henninger
By Joe Kertzman, managing editor, Badger Common’Tater
“My grandfather was a potato farmer in Pennsylvania. My father was a potato man at the core. I was more of a businessman,” relates Bryan Henninger, president and CEO of Ag World Support Systems of Moses Lake, Washington.
Family owned since 1997, Ag World Support Systems was founded by Bryan’s dad, Warren Henninger, to meet an industry need for an independent, third-party inspection company.
“The inspection services provided by the state or processer would sometimes be inconsistent,” Bryan explains, “and they couldn’t adapt quickly to customer needs.”
“This company could represent the grower and processor and treat both sides fairly,” he adds. “Not burdened by bureaucracy, Ag World Support Systems could pivot and do things in a quick manner.”
Focused on agricultural commodity inspections, sampling and analysis, Ag World Support Systems works with growers and processors to ensure a fair exchange based on the grower/processor contract.
Warren’s entire life and career were spent working in the potato industry, in Idaho and Oregon before moving to Washington.
After graduate school, he went to work as a county agent for onions and potatoes, then was hired by Simplot and later Carnation, where he eventually became a regional manager. Carnation was bought out by Nestle, then Simplot.