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Farm Briefs, April 4

Students sought for 4-H State Fair mentor program

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Foundation for Responsible Animal Care is inviting college students with an interest in serving as spokesmen for animal agriculture to apply for the position of Minnesota State Fair 4-H Animal Science Peer Mentor. Eight positions are available.

Persons in these positions will serve as mentors to selected 4-H State Fair livestock exhibitors in all species (beef, dairy, sheep, swine, goats, lama, poultry and rabbits) to encourage, model and role-play positive interactions with State Fair visitors to livestock displays. The foundation is seeking college students age 18 or over, with an interest and/or experience in 4-H and livestock exhibits.

The program will include a one-day orientation/training, written materials for review and coaching and daily support by foundation staff. Applicants must be available the five days of the 4-H livestock weekend, Aug. 26-30. A $300 stipend per person, fair entry tickets and 4-H meal tickets will be provided.

To apply applicants must submit a resume, transcript and statement describing why they are interested in this position and the industry knowledge, communication and leadership skills that they bring to the position. Application deadline is July 1. Send completed materials to: Juanita Reed-Boniface, Project Manager, JRB Associates, Inc., 2462 Lake George Dr. N.W. Cedar, MN 55011. For more information

Hamm recognized in corn yield contest

ST. LOUIS -- Bruce Hamm of Litchfield was honored by Dekalb at the 2009 Commodity Classic for his first-place state finish in the 2008 National Corn Yield Contest, sponsored by the National Corn Growers Association.

Hamm was awarded first place in the Ridge-Till Non-Irrigated category. His winning entry was with DEKALB DKC50-44 brand.

In recognition of this achievement, Monsanto awarded Hamm a trip for two to the recent 2009 Commodity Classic in Grapevine, Texas, and a commemorative plaque. At the Commodity Classic, he had the opportunity to speak with agribusiness leaders, learn from industry experts and network with other successful farmers from around the country.

Hamm, who has been farming for 32 years, grows corn, soybeans and wheat.