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0501 Brad Schloesser

By Melissa Mussman

mmussman@agrinews.com

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. — Brad Schloesser of St. Peter was inducted into the FFA Hall of Fame during last week’s 2008 State FFA Convention.

"It was a very humbling feeling to be one of the inductees," said Schloesser. "It is great to be recognized for my contributions, but there are so many people that have given to agricultural education and FFA throughout the years."

Schloesser grew up in Le Center on a diversified farm. He was active in FFA chapter was a chapter officer.

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Schloesser ran for a state FFA office in 1979 and 1980, and was elected state FFA vice president for the Minnesota Association.

"During my service as a state officer, it really clarified to me where I would go with my career," said Schloesser.

Schloesser received an ag education degree from the University of Minnesota in 1983. Shortly after graduation, he and wife, LuAnn, moved to Madelia where Brad taught agricultural education while raising daughters Jessica and Carissa.

"It was my first experience teaching and I loved it," said Schloesser. "The community and everyone at the school was very supportive. It vaulted me into a successful career in agricultural education."

After six years in Madelia, Schloesser decided to get a masters degree in animal science. He attended Montana State University.

"My family and I packed up everything and went out to Montana," said Schloesser. "I was there for two years and received my masters degree in ruminant nutrition. I was very happy with the support my family gave me."

Once he finished his masters, Schloesser and his family moved back to Minnesota to teach for one year in Marshall.

After a year in Marshall, Brad took a position with South Central College. He took it and has been teaching there ever since.

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"The staff team we have in the Agribusiness department is very strong," said Schloesser. "This has given me many wonderful opportunities."

Schloesser has helped host about 15 FFA events at the institution in North Mankato. He has also been a part of the FFA Foundation Board, where he assists with obtaining support to provide opportunities for students.

Schloesser is working with the Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education program. The program was established on a national level to provide a structured sequence of courses and serve as a model for elevating the level of rigor and relevance expected for the new vision of agricultural education.

"I serve as the program manager for the CASE program," said Schloesser.

Schloesser served on the executive team in 2005 and in 2006 was the president of the organization.

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