2012 MFBF Awards Banquet ResultsPublished by on
During the 94th Annual Minnesota Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Conference, many counties and individuals were recognized for dedicated time and talents to agriculture during the MFBF Awards Banquet.
- The President's Award for Exemplary Achievement:
(county membership of less than 120 voting members) Beltrami County, Cass County, Crow Wing County and Headwaters Regional
(county membership of 121-200 voting members) Douglas County, Sibley County, Steele County and Winona County.
(county membership of 200+ voting members) Martin County, Rice County, Washington-Ramsey County and Wright County.
- The Distinguished Service to Agriculture award: Dr. Jim Linn, Senator Doug Magnus and Senator Gen Olson.
- Honorary Life award: Eunice Gasner of Waseca County, Ellsworth and Helen Simon of Winona County and Henrik and Ruth Hendrickson of Faribault County.
- The Ag Communicator of the Year award: Dan Hoffman of Austin in Mower County.
- The Extension Educator of the Year award: Ann Marie Ward of Beltrami County.
- The FFA Advisor of the Year award: Roger Dvergsten of Mower County who teaches at Grand Meadow and Lyle High Schools.
- The Post-Secondary Agricultural Educator of the Year award: Gene Kuntz of Scott County who has works as a farm business management instructor at South Central Technical College.
- $500 Al Christopherson Scholarships: Maria Funk daughter of Charles and Cheryl Funk of Wadena County; Cassandra Griebel daughter of Tom and Barb Griebel of Pipestone County; April Johnson daughter of Dean and Elizabeth Johnson of Cottonwood County; and Tyler Warren son of John and Carol Warren of Meeker County.
During the awards banquet recognition was given to counties with outstanding programs. The winners were as follows:
- Ag in the Classroom – Stevens County Farm Bureau
- Farm Safety Education – Watonwan County Farm Bureau
- Promotion & Education – Steele County Farm Bureau
- New Program of Excellence – Meeker County Farm Bureau for their metro bus advertisement campaign
- Young Farmers and Ranchers County Program – Wright County Farm Bureau.