Recognizing people who have given of their time and talents to agriculture was the focus of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Awards Banquet held Friday, November 22, during the 95th Annual Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington. The awards banquet included both individual and county honors in a variety of categories.
The Distinguished Service to Agriculture award is presented annually to outstanding leaders of agriculture in the state of Minnesota. The award is one of the most prestigious awards given by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. This year’s award recipient was Nancy Petschl.
Honorary Life awards are bestowed onto lifelong members who have given enormous amounts of their time and talents to Farm Bureau. Minnesota Farm Bureau is truly grateful for all the dedication that its members give to our organization. This year’s Honorary Life award recipients were George and LaVonne Hermann of Wabasha County.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation presented awards in the following areas:
The Ag Communicator of the Year award is presented to an outstanding leader in the field of communications. This year the award was presented to Lori Ehde of Luverne in Rock County.
The Extension Educator of the Year award is given to an extension educator who gives his/her time to promote agriculture and Farm Bureau. This year the award was presented to Mike Liepold of LeSueur County.
The FFA Advisor of the Year award is presented to an FFA Advisor who has exemplified outstanding service to educating youth about agriculture. This year the award was presented to Paul Aarsvold of Plainview-Elgin-Millville High School.
The Post-Secondary Agricultural Educator of the Year award recognizes the educators supporting production agriculture. This year the award was presented to Peter Neigebauer a farm business management instructor at South Central Technical College.
Four $500 Al Christopherson Scholarships were presented from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. This year’s recipients are Danielle Evers daughter of Dale and Kay Evers of Cottonwood County; Andrew Miron son of Fran and Mary Ann Miron of Washington-Ramsey County; Tyler Otte son of Blake and Chicky Otte of Dakota County; and Katie Winslow daughter of Scott and Jean Winslow of Fillmore County.
The most prestigious county Farm Bureau award, the County Award of Excellence was also presented. In the county membership group of less than 120 voting members, the award was presented to LeSueur County – Public Policy, Cass County - Leadership, Anoka County – Positive Image. In the group of 121-200 voting members, the award went to Winona County – Public Policy and Stearns County – Positive Image. In the group with over 200 voting members, the award went to Waseca County – Public Policy, Rice County – Leadership and Lyon County – Positive Image.
The MFBF 95th Annual Meeting concludes Saturday, November 23 with the announcement of the Young Farmers & Ranchers awards.