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Corn Growers elect Zeug president

SHAKOPEE -- The Minnesota Corn Growers Association board of directors recently elected DeVonna Zeug to serve as president of the organization.

Zeug, her husband, Tom, and their four children farm corn and soybeans in Redwood County. She has served the Minnesota Corn Growers Association in many capacities, most recently as vice president, and is a graduate of the Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership program.

The Corn Growers board also elected Tim Dritz of Hendricks, vice president; John Mages of Belgrade, treasurer; and Greg Schwarz of Le Sueur, secretary. The new officers assumed their duties Oct. 1.

Agri-Growth to host meeting on sustainability

ST. PAUL -- The 2009 Minnesota Agri-Growth Council annual meeting, on Nov. 3 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, will again focus on contemporary issues facing the food and agriculture industry.

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the annual members meeting and elections (for members and prospective members only). A special presentation on the agriculture economy by Michael Swanson, Ph.D., chief agriculture economist, Wells Fargo, will follow.

The luncheon banquet program begins at noon and features a welcome from Joe Swedberg, Hormel Foods and Agri-Growth Council board chair. Gene Kahn, vice president of sustainable development at General Mills, will deliver a keynote address.

This event is open to the public. Interested individuals can also call 651-905-8900 or email Registration costs are $120 for an individual member/affiliate, $140 for an individual nonmember, $75 for a student and $900 for a table of eight. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are also available. For more information contact Tony Mondry at 651-905-8900 or

Blue Jackets Bright Futures program announced

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota FFA Foundation announces the Blue Jackets Bright Futures program.

As Minnesota FFA prepares to welcome thousands of young people into membership, the Minnesota FFA Foundation will again offer the program which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career. This is the second year the Minnesota FFA Foundation has offered the program.

"This program is valuable as it provides students with a jacket for their FFA involvement. Many of the jacket recipients would not be able to afford their own jacket. Having a jacket provides a real sense of pride," states Minnesota FFA's Leadership Development Coordinator, Leah Addington. "FFA plays an important role in the development of leaders that serve their local school and the agricultural community as a whole."

"The jacket is a symbol of tradition and pride for those who have worn the official FFA jacket. Many past members have sponsored jackets, but it's not uncommon for individuals and companies to sponsor jackets because they appreciate what the organization does to develop young leaders," says Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director. "We are working to secure sponsorships during October."

For more information about the program, contact Aarsvold at 507-534-0188 or visit the Web site at