Source: Minnesota Farm Bureau
Nearly 200 Farm Bureau members from across the state attended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) LEAP Conference, January 25-26 at Radisson Blu in Bloomington.
Promotion & Education Awards
The MFBF Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee presented two awards at this year’s conference.
“These awards recognize those who work tirelessly to engage with consumers and share their farm story and agriculture’s story so consumers can gain a better understanding of what we do on our farms to produce food, fiber and renewable fuel,” said Tony Seykora, MFBF P&E chair. “Debra and Brian’s investment in Promotion & Education strengthen our relationships with consumers and Farm Bureau’s name as a trusted source about agriculture.”
The Golden Apple Awardis presented to someone who has gone above and beyond to work with Agriculture in the Classroom programs and worked to educate others around the clock about farming and ranching. This year’s recipient wasBrian Randolph. Brian served on the MFBF P&E Committee prior to his passing earlier this month. The MFBF P&E Committee unanimously selected Brian during their September meeting to be the recipient of this recognition.
“Brian would have been so excited to receive this award. Promotion and education about farming and agriculture were his passion,” said Karla Randolph, Brian’s wife, and Dennis and Marge Randolph, Brian’s parents. “He loved working with the children in the classrooms, and he enjoyed the relationships he had with others on the P&E Committee. We were always so proud of him and his efforts.”
The Advocate of the Year Awardis presented to someone who advocates our profession of farming and ranching. This year’s recipient is Debra Durheim of Todd County. Debra has been a promoter of the Promotion & Education program for many years. She served as the chair of the P&E Committee and focused on advancing the program.
“I am very humbled and appreciative. My passion is meeting and being with others and hearing their stories and sharing my farm story,” said Debra. “Thank you to my husband Delvin and my family for their support and to the P&E Committee for nominating me.”
Young Farmers & Ranchers Awards
The MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee presented two awards at this year’s conference.
“These awards recognize those who go above and beyond to help continue to build our Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) leadership programs,” said Grant Moorse, MFBF YF&R chair. “Dennis Sabel and Pam and Tim Uhlenkamp’s investment in YF&Rs strengthen not only the program, but also Farm Bureau as a whole.”
The Golden Pitch Fork Awardwas presented to someone who is not afraid of hard work and heavy lifting. This year’s recipient of the Golden Pitchfork Award went to Pam and Tim Uhlenkamp of Sibley County. They were recognized for their willingness to always respond to Farm Bureau’s 911 call whenever needed, and their willingness to share the story of how the YF&R program has impacted their life whenever possible.
“We are honored to receive such a special award,” said the Uhlenkamps. “However, this award is not about us. It is about an organization that works so hard to develop great leaders and giving back to our communities.”
The Outstanding Friend of YF&Ris presented to someone who has gone above the call of duty to assist and lead YF&R into the future. This year’s recipient wasDennis Sabel – MFBF east central area program coordinator. Dennis has mentored and worked closely with young farmers from when they first become members until they have won some of the top awards at the national level. He knows the full value of the program and works to promote it at every chance he can.
“I feel humbled. Young Farmers & Ranchers are the future of agriculture and encouraging their growth and involvement is very important,” said Dennis. “It is very rewarding seeing young farmers and ranchers advance into leadership roles in Farm Bureau and in agriculture.”
Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota,www.fbmn.org.