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Minnesota Pork Ambassador Winslow attends MAAI


Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Pork Producers Association Executive Director David Preisler congratulates Minnesota Pork Ambassador Katie Winslow of Fountain for her participation in a three-day leadership program for young adults with agricultural interests.

Minnesota Pork Ambassador Katie Winslow of Fountain attended the 17th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) in Red Wing and southeastern Minnesota.

The MAAI program combines hands-on activities, speakers and tours that encourage and develop communication and leadership skills, and increase agricultural knowledge. Also, among the 40 individuals taking part were representatives from the Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota FFA Association and local FFA chapters, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers, and local business summer interns.

The MAAI participants toured agriculturally related businesses around the Red Wing area, including Red Wing Tannery, Red Wing Shoe Company, Spirit of the Water (Treasure Island Casino) River Ride, and Schafer Farms, Incorporated.

This year’s keynote speaker was Lucas Sjostrom, Hoard’s Dairyman Association Editor of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Lucas encouraged the MAAI participants to be agricultural advocates by sharing their story with consumers. He advised the young advocates to travel across the world and captivate the different ways of agriculture.

Also speaking at the conference were Mary Milla, Communication Coach, David Preisler, Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Pork Producers Association Executive Director, Ruth Meirick, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Jerry Knapper, Ingram Barge Company and Brandon Schafer, Schafer Farms, Incorporated.

This year’s sponsors: AgStar Financial Services, Farm Boy® Brand Clothing, Midwest Dairy Association, Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, Minnesota Beef Council, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Farm Bureau, Minnesota FFA, Minnesota Lamb & Wool Growers Association, Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association, Minnesota Pork Board, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Upper Mississippi Waterway Association, and United States Farm & Ranch Alliance.

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