BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation recognized those who gave their time and talents to agriculture the past year during its awards banquet Nov. 16

The Distinguished Service to Agriculture award is presented annually to outstanding leaders of agriculture in Minnesota. The award is one of the most prestigious given by the Farm Bureau. This year’s recipients were Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Mike Liepold of University of Minnesota Extension.

Honorary Life awards are bestowed onto lifelong members who have given enormous amounts of their time and talents to the Farm Bureau. This year’s Honorary Life award recipients were Lyle and Janet Dahlgren of Lake Park in Becker County; Harold and Sharon Peterson of Murdock in Chippewa County; and Leland and Sigrid Johnson of Owatonna in Steele County.

Other awards and recipients included:

• The Agriculture Communicator of the Year award to Joe Gill of KASM from Sartell in Stearns County.

• The Extension Faculty and Staff of the Year award to Marcia Woeste, an Extension educator from Long Prairie in Todd County.

• The FFA Advisor of the Year to Shawn Linder who teaches at Grand Rapids in Itasca County.

• The Post-Secondary Agricultural Educator of the Year award to Gerald Toland of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall from Lyon County.

Three $500 Al Christopherson Scholarships were presented to Adam Kroll of Morrison County, son of Duane and Linda Kroll; Jared Retzlaff of Dakota County, son of Dennis and Tammy Retzlaff; and Abbey Weninger of Wright County, daughter of James and Lisa Weninger.

Two $500 Paul Stark Scholarships were presented to Elizabeth Krienke of Wright County, daughter of Kraig and Rachelle Krienke; and Emma Nelson of Stevens County, daughter of Barry and Sandy Nelson.

Premier Awards are presented to those counties that excel in public policy, public relations, promotion and education, leadership development and membership activity. Honored this year were the Farm Bureau groups in Clay, Crow Wing, Meeker, Washington/Ramsey, Winona and Wright counties.

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