Alumni & friends news

- Chris Hodges ('83, Ph.D. Agricultural Economics) will join the National Pork Board as its new CEO on February 16. He is currently based in Kansas City, MO, and is senior vice president - business development of Smithfield Farmland. Read the full article.

- Debbie Lonnee ('80, B.S. Horticulture) was inducted into the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) Hall of Fame during the Awards Gala on January 14. The Hall of Fame honors leaders who have given long-time service to the association and the industry. Lonnee has worked for Bailey Nurseries for 21 years, and is currently responsible for new plant acquisitions for the company. Her volunteerism to MNLA spans 30 years, and she is sought locally and nationally for her plant knowledge.

- Harold Pellett was posthumously honored with a Special Service Award during the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) Awards Gala on January 14.  Pellett was a former professor at the U of M, and a leader in research at the MN Landscape Arboretum and Horticulture Research Center. He worked extensively in the the field of plant cold hardiness and had a national reputation as a plant breeder. He is best known for 14 colors and varieties of azaleas. Pellett passed away July, 2014. 

- Paul ('03, B.S. Agricultural Education) and Ruth Lanoue were chosen as the winners of the American Farm Bureau Federation's Excellence in Agriculture Award on January 12. They will receive a new GM vehicle as part of their award! The award recognizes young farmers and ranchers who do not derive the majority of their income from an agricultural operation, but who  are active and involved in agriculture and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations. Paul is a farm business management instructor, and Ruth is a registered nurse; they are involved with Ruth's family farm, raising crops and cattle. See the full article.

- The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee presented two awards at the MFBF Leadership Conference held January 23-24. Both awards went to CFANS alumni! The Golden Pitchfork Award was presented to Keith ('03) and Morgan ('02) Allen. Both earned B.S. degrees in Animal Production Systems.  The Outstanding Friend of YF&R award was presented to Kevin Dahlman ('78, B.S. Agricultural Education), Wright County Farm Bureau President. See press release