The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is pleased to announce the new "Advocates for Agriculture" for 2011-2012.
The new Agvocates are: Leah Johnson of Evansville; Greg Tusa of Alpha; and Kelsey Gunderson of Raymond.
The Agvocate program, currently in its second year, is designed to create a learning environment to encourage the development of young leaders in agriculture. It also strives to create awareness of issues facing corn farmers and develop young leaders into skilled advocates for these issues.
Leah Johnson is currently attending North Dakota State University where she is pursuing a degree in Agricultural Economics. Leah is an active community volunteer and stays busy on campus with Saddle and Sirloin Club, Chemistry Club and serves as social coordinator of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. Leah hopes to one day work in an organization where she can promote agriculture.
Greg Tusa grew up on a crop production farm and is currently majoring in Agriculture Business at South Dakota State University. Greg is active with Collegiate FFA, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Economics Club on campus. Upon graduation, Greg plans to pursue a career in agricultural lending and also stay active in organizations that focus on promoting agriculture to the public, youth and government.
Kelsey Gunderson is currently attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where she is studying for a degree in Agricultural Education specializing in Leadership and Communications. With her Agricultural Education degree, Kelsey hopes to become an ag radio broadcaster or find a communications position with an agriculturally based company. Kelsey keeps busy with Agriculture Education club as well as being a friendship connection assistant for Kindergarten through 6th grade kids at the Falcon Heights elementary school.
"We are excited to welcome three new Agvocates who will help Minnesota Corn Growers proactively share agriculture's story," said Greg Schwarz, corn farmer from Le Sueur and president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. "It's important for farmers to stand up and speak out and that is exactly what our Agvocates will be helping to do."
Agvocates will be given opportunities to become actively involved with corn and agriculture, develop leadership, communication and advocacy skills through hands-on experiences and network with agricultural professionals. Among other benefits of the program, Agvocates will receive a $3,000 scholarship.