Alumni & friends news

Jason Ertl ('11) accepts new role with University of Minnesota Extension

Jason Ertl ('11, B.S. Agricultural Education & Animal Science) has accepted a new role as an Agricultural Production Systems Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota Extension.  This appointment is split between Nicollet and Sibley Counties and will focus on program development and technical assistance in the area of crops, livestock, agricultural business management and horticulture.

Grain marketing economist Edward Usset ('78 & '81) has released the 2nd edition Gran Marketing is Simple (it's just not easy)

Grain marketing is a serious topic, but Edward Usset's ('78, B.S. & '81, M.S. Agricultural Economics) book tackles the challenge with relevant information and a little bit of fun. Much has changed since the original book was published in 2007, and the 2nd Edition aims to address these changes. Grain production costs and prices doubled, a new farm bill is in place and the Second Golden Age of American Agriculture ended. The time is right to return to the basics with a common sense approach to developing pre- and post-harvest marketing plans. Usset concedes that grain marketing will never be easy, but that shouldn’t stop producers from seeking a simple approach. 

The 2nd Edition of Grain Marketing is Simple (it’s just not easy) is available exclusively from the Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota, for $35. Order online at or call 800-234-1111.

Cliff Vrieze ('67 & '72) recognized for lifetime achievements

Cliff VriezeCongratualtions to Cliff Vrieze ('67, B.S. & '72, M.A. Agricultural Education) (pictured 2nd from the left) for receiving the 2016 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Lifetime Achievement Award! Cliff is a retired Minnesota Farm Business Management Instructor and former MAELC board member, and has been a champion for agricultural education. Find more information about Cliff in the press release.

Ben Bagdon ('08 & '11) starts work as Minnesota Forest Industries (MFI)'s Director of Forest Policy

Ben Bagdon ('08, B.S. Applied Economics & '11, M.S. Natural Resources Science) has started work as Minnesota Forest Industries (MFI)'s Director, Forest Policy. Bagdon recently completed his Ph.D. in Forest Science at Northern Arizona University. In addition to his academic work, Bagdon previously worked with the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council when it was formed. He assumes the role previously held by Tim O'Hara who is now Woodlands Manager for PCA's Boise mill in International Falls.