The Minnesota Corn Growers Association recently announced the new Advocates for Agriculture for 2012-2013. The new Agvocates are:
-Michaela Bengtson, Kandiyohi
-Nicholas Peterson, Clear Lake
-Kevin Welter, Stewartville
Currently in its third year, the Agvocate program 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.
•Michaela Bengtson will be a junior this fall at the University of Minnesota where she is double majoring in the teaching and communications tracks of agricultural education. Michaela hopes to one day become an agriculture teacher or work in a promotions or marketing position. When Michaela isn't busy with school and extra-curricular activities, she is helping out on her family's dairy and crop farm including coordinating their family's annual PALS Day on the Farm where 50 students visit and experience life on the farm for a day.
•Nicholas Peterson grew up on a farm just outside of Clear Lake and is a U-M student studying applied plant science. Nicholas is active with the Gopher Crops and Soils Club, U-M crops team as well as the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Upon graduation, Nicholas plans to become involved with crop production in the Midwest as well as become a leader in Minnesota agricultural groups.
•Kevin Welter is an ag business major minoring in accounting at South Dakota State University. Originally from a crop and swine farm in Stewartville, Kevin is an ambassador for the College of Ag and Biological Sciences at SDSU along with being a member of Farmhouse Fraternity, Swine Club and Investment Club. Kevin hopes to one day open his own agriculture business while working towards his goal of promoting all aspects of agriculture in all that he does.
"One of the things Minnesota Corn strives to do is inform the non-farming public about the importance of agriculture. We are excited to welcome three new Agvocates on board to help us in accomplishing that task," said John Mages, MCGA president and Belgrade corn farmer. "It's crucial for farmers to speak out on agriculture's behalf. Our Agvocates will bring a new and young perspective to advocating for agriculture and will serve as a great voice for Minnesota Corn."
Through hands-on experiences, networking with agricultural professionals and social media avenues, Agvocates will be given opportunities to become actively involved with corn and agriculture in Minnesota. They will develop communication, leadership and advocacy skills as well. Among other benefits of the program, Agvocates will receive a $3,000 scholarship.Source: MCGA