Alumni & friends news
Mike Miron ('04, '08) wins national Excellence in Agriculture award
Mike Miron ('04, '08) won the Excellence in Agriculture national competition at the American Farm Bureau's annual meeting in Orlando last month. He competed against 29 state winners and will receive a brand new Chevy Pickup and a paid registration to the 2016 AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher Conference in Kansas City. Miron received his B.S. and Masters in Agricultural Education from CFANS in 2004 and 2008. Learn more from the Minnesota Farm Bureau.
Volunteer to host an international student!
MAST International, a University of Minnesota exchange visitor program, is looking for people to host an international student for 3-6 nights while he or she attends orientation on the St. Paul campus. This is an exciting way to meet young adults ages 18 - 32 who have a passion for agriculture and come from all around the world. For dates and more information, click here!
Minnesota Crop Improvement Association honors Neal Anderson ('82) and Jochum Wiersma ('95)
Neal Anderson ('82) received the Premier Seedsman Award, an award presented annually since 1929; it recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long term commitment to the production of high quality certified seed and involvement in the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA). He received his B.S. in Agronomy from CFANS in 1982. Neal and the Anderson family have been producing hybrid seed corn since 1938. Under the Anderson Seeds brand Neal and his brother, Peter produce about 350 acres of seed corn in addition to soybean seed and occasionally oats. As a small independent seed company, Andersons compete by offering top quality products and excellent customer service. Neal has served nine years on the MCIA Board of Directors including terms as Secretary and Treasurer. He is also active locally serving as a 4H project leader and on the Tri-County fair board.
Jochum Wiersma ('95) recieved the Honorary Premier Seedsman award, presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding support for agriculture and MCIA but are not directly involved in the seed industry. Wiersma recieved his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding in 1995. Wiersma is well known to many seed growers and farmers around the state. The Small Grain Specialist at the University of Minnesota has dedicated 20 years to education, research and solving problems for wheat, barley and oat producers. During his tenure, Wiersma established the Red River Valley On-Farm Yield Trials. Cooperating with farmers throughout the region, these test locations provide valuable information to producers and researchers. During the growing season Wiersma spends countless hours in the field assessing variety performance. He also serves on a number of committees and is active in a several academic organizations.
The awards were presented during the MCIA Annual Meeting held January 12th in Fergus Falls. Photos are courtesy of Paula Mohr, of the Farmer Magazine.