Farm Horizons, December 2014

Waverly’s Glessing elected Farm Bureau vice president; Bakeberg wins achievement award

County voting delegates at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) annual meeting elected Dan Glessing of Waverly to a two-year term as vice president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. The election was Nov. 21 during the delegate session in Bloomington.

Glessing and his wife, Seena, served for three years on the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee with Dan serving as chair in 2008-2009. The Glessings also served on the American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Committee for a two year term.

Dan farms in partnership with his father. They have dairy cattle and grow alfalfa, corn and soybeans. Dan and Seena have three sons and one daughter.

“I am honored to have been elected vice president,” said Glessing. “One of Farm Bureau’s greatest strengths is our grassroots structure and policy development process which is well respected amongst our elected and appointed officials. We must continue to strengthen our relationships with our officials so they come to us when they have a question about agriculture. Our Young Farmers & Ranchers and Promotion & Education programs must continue to evolve and be at the forefront of issues in order to continue to be the voice for agriculture.”

Re-elected to a three-year term was Mike Gunderson from Bejou in Mahnomen County representing District VII. Elected to serve a three-year term were Nathan Collins from Murdock in Swift County representing District IV and Carolyn Olson from Cottonwood in Lyon County representing District III.

Elected to the board of directors serving one-year terms were Promotion & Education Committee chair TaLana Mathiowetz from Morgan in Redwood County and Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee chair Kristy Miron of Hugo in Washington-Ramsey County.

Young farmers in Wright, Redwood and Lyon County captured top honors in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) competitions.

Pat Bakeberg of Waverly in Wright County won the Achievement Award contest, Joel Mathiowetz of Morgan in Redwood County took home first in the Discussion Meet contest, and Ruth and Paul Lanoue of Marshall in Lyon County won the Excellence in Agriculture contest. The competitions were held during the MFBF 96th Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree in Bloomington Nov. 22.

These county Farm Bureau YF&R members will advance to national competition where they will represent Minnesota at the national competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Annual Meeting in San Diego, January 9-13. They also received a recognition plaque from MFBF, $500 prize sponsored by Gislason & Hunter, a trip to the MFBF YF&R Conference to be held in Red Wing, January 23–24, 2015 and a leadership development trip to Washington D.C.

Top winners in each contest at the AFBF competition will receive cash awards and choice of a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2015 GMC Sierra.

The Achievement Award contestants are selected on their exceptional efforts in agriculture through farm management and leadership achievements as well as effective use of capital in their farming operation.

Pat Bakeberg resides near Waverly in Wright County, where he farms with his parents. Their farm consists of dairy, beef and crops. Pat was very involved in FFA, and he is currently a 4-H leader helping youth with their dairy projects at local and state fairs. Pat is a graduate of Ridgewater College with a degree in farm operations management and an emphasis on dairy production.

The Excellence in Agriculture contest is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers who may not derive 100 percent of their income from farming to earn recognition while actively contributing to the agriculture industry and building their leadership skills through their involvement in Farm Bureau and their community. Participants were judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations.

Winning this year’s Excellence in Agriculture competition were Paul and Ruth Lanoue from Marshall in Lyon County. Paul is a farm business management instructor, and Ruth is a registered nurse. The Lanoues are involved in Ruth’s family farm where they raise crops and cattle. They have five children.

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