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AgStar announces winners of Purple Ribbon Video Contest

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All Education

The winners (Richell Mehus, left, and Paul Aarsvold, right) with Joe Deufel, executive vice president and chief credit officer at AgStar. Photo submitted

Mankato, Minn. – AgStar Financial Services, a value-added financial services company owned by its client-stockholders, announced the winners of the second annual Purple Ribbon Video Contest, a contest held to encourage youth to showcase their role in agriculture.

The three winners of AgStar’s Purple Ribbon Video Contest are: Rosemary Edberg (14-15 year-old category), Paul Aarsvold (16-18 year-old category), and Richell Mehus (19-21 year-old category). They were each awarded a $500 scholarship from the AgStar Fund for Rural America. Three runners-up were also awarded a $100 scholarship. Winners were announced at the Minnesota State Fair before the 4-H Auction on Saturday.

“These young adults are the future of agriculture,” stated Joe Deufel, executive vice president and chief credit officer at AgStar. “By offering these scholarships, we’re recognizing youth for their hard work and encouraging them to continue their dedication to a life in agriculture.”

Contestants created a two-minute video detailing their preparations of livestock for the fair. In their submissions, youth were also asked to highlight either the importance of agriculture or its impact to the world for a non-agriculture audience. Contestants then competed for “likes” on their videos, and the winners of each age group were awarded the scholarship.

About AgStar

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 600 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, consulting and rural home mortgages.

As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 14,000 stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit for more information.

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