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 the late Paul Stark.
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 David and Gladys Lohmann from Goodhue County, Harold and Eunice Meyer of Houston County and Alice Winslow of Fillmore 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 Paula Mohr from Anoka County and editor of The Farmer.
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 Amanda Sommers in Blue Earth 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 Mary Hoffman of Sleepy Eye High School.
The Post-Secondary Agricultural Educator of the Year award recognizes the educators supporting production agriculture. This year the award was presented to Brad Schloesser Dean of Southern Minnesota Center for Agriculture.
Four $500 Al Christopherson Scholarships were presented from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. This year’s recipients are Christine Leonard of Carver County daughter of Tim and Amy Leonard; Jared Luhman of Goodhue County son of Jon and Terri Luhman and Holly and Dan Fifield; Sarah Marketon of Wright County daughter of Bob and Annette Marketon; and Evan Robertson of Lac qui Parle County son of Gary and Annette Robertson.
The most prestigious county Farm Bureau award, the County Award of Excellence was also presented. In the county membership group of less than 250 members, the award was presented to Freeborn County – Public Policy and Leadership Development and Todd County – Promotion & Education, Public Relations and Membership Initiatives. In the group of 251-500 members, the award went to Winona County – Public Policy and Leadership Development, Houston County – Public Relations and Brown County – Promotion & Education and Membership Initiatives. In the group with more than 500 members, the award went to Washington-Ramsey County – Public Policy, Promotion & Education and Membership Initiatives; Olmsted County – Leadership Development and Wright County – Public Relations.
The MFBF 96th Annual Meeting concludes Saturday, November 22 with the announcement of the Young Farmers & Ranchers awards.