In an effort to develop the next generation of leaders in Minnesota agriculture, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) has selected three college students to serve as student Agvocates in 2015-16.
Over the next year, Katie Peterson, Tim Rasmussen and Sam Peterson will work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers while gaining valuable leadership experience in the areas of production agriculture, agribusiness, ag policy, public relations and environmental stewardship.
MCGA student Agvocates help corn farmers connect with the non-farming public on college campuses and at events throughout Minnesota. Agvocates also use social media to highlight important issues related to corn farming and speak out on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers. Other Agvocate activities include contributing to MCGA’s blog (MinnesotaCornerstone.com), participating in media interviews and helping at events such as Farmfest and MN Ag EXPO. This is the sixth year that MCGA will be running its student Agvocate program.
Each Agvocate receives a $3,000 scholarship in two parts: $1,500 during their fall semester and $1,500 upon successfully completing their term as an Agvocate.
Here is more information about the 2015-16 MCGA Student Agvocates:
Katie Peterson grew up on a crop and livestock family farm near Grove City in Meeker County and currently attends Gustavus Adolphus College, majoring in political science. She’s held leadership positions in 4-H and FFA and is a mentor in the Gustavus Adolphus Big Partner Little Partner mentoring program.
Katie Peterson has a strong interest in agricultural public policy. She’s worked as a township election judge during primary elections and hopes to one day have a career in agriculture policy.
“I am excited to be an Agvocate this year,” Katie Peterson said. “I will have a chance to connect with Minnesota farmers as well as reach out to those who are not part directly involved in agriculture. I am looking forward to the experience.”
Sam Peterson farms with his father, brother, uncles and cousins near Northfield in Rice County. He’s currently working toward his degree in agriculture, industries and marketing with a crop production emphasis at the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities campus. Peterson is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and participates in the Gophers Crops and Soils Club.
As an Agvocate, Peterson would like to develop his leadership skills and work to bring a positive image of farmers to the non-farming public.
“I am beyond thrilled to be chosen to be one of the Minnesota Corn Grower Agvocates,” Sam Peterson said. “I am very excited to get the opportunity to work with farmers and the non-farming public on solving current issues surrounding agriculture. It will be a fun year and I hope to continue to support MCGA after my term is over.”
Tim Rasmussen helps his family operate its corn, soybean and wheat farm near Rothsay in Wilkin County while he works toward his agriculture economics degree at North Dakota State University. As an intern at CHS, Inc. during the summer of 2014, Rasmussen gained experience in grain merchandising. He’ll be interning at ADM during the summer of 2015.
Rasmussen belongs to the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and participates in several ag-based clubs and organizations at NDSU. Rasmussen hopes to be continue working on his family’s farm after college and one day serve on the MCGA state board of directors. He’s especially interested in ethanol promotion and renewable fuels.
“I am excited to represent Minnesota corn farmers as an Agvocate,” Rasmussen said. “I hope to connect with consumers about the many uses for Minnesota corn, including food, feed, fiber and fuel. This Agvocate program will provide me an experience to promote agriculture now and for a lifetime.”