Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) regional representative and longtime agriculture teacher and advocate Dale Busch will be inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame on April 25.
An agriculture teacher for 31 years in St. James and four years in Tracy, Busch impacted thousands of students and played an important role in developing multiple generations of farming leaders. Through his work with MCGA, Busch continues to be a strong voice for Minnesota agriculture.
“Even though Dale has been retired from teaching for 17 years, his impact continues to resonate throughout Minnesota’s agricultural community,” said Dr. Adam Birr, MCGA Executive Director. “His voice is credible and trustworthy to both farmers and non-farming consumers. We can’t thank Dale enough for his work with FFA, developing up-and-coming agricultural leaders, and his ongoing work with MCGA.”
During his career, Busch advised 204 state FFA degree recipients, 17 state proficiency recipients, 12 American FFA degree recipients, nine state FFA officers and four state judging teams. As an agriculture teacher, Busch worked to add horticulture, natural resources and agricultural science to the curriculum. He also worked to include females and non-farming students into agriculture-focused programs.
As an MCGA regional representative, Busch works as a liason between MCGA’s state office in Shakopee and seven local county corn and soybean associations in South Central Minnesota. He’s also a leading membership recruiter and can be heard on local radio and television stations talking food, farming and ethanol fuel.
Busch has both a Bachelor’s and Masters degree from the University of Minnesota. Earlier this week, Busch was back on the U of M campus for Ag Awareness Day, staffing the MCGA booth and answering food and farming questions from college students and faculty.
You can read more about Busch in this story from the St. James Plain Dealer.
From all of us at MCGA: Congratulations, Dale, on your induction into the FFA Hall of Fame. Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to promote agriculture in Minnesota.