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Minnesota FFA Foundation Recognizes Media and Service Award Recipients

Apr 27 2016

Supporters of the Minnesota FFA Foundation were recognized at the annual honors reception of the 87th Minnesota FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. The Minnesota FFA Foundation is able to grow to meet the needs of Minnesota FFA through the generous support of community members who continue to share FFA’s story.

The media award was presented to Dr. Rebecca Swensen, an assistant professor in communications at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. While providing guidance to the next generation of agriculture communicators, Swensen also provided guidance to Minnesota FFA by identifying potential candidates to serve as media interns for the State Convention. “I love the power in communication,” said Swensen.It comes to being able to change people’s opinion about agriculture and the positive impact it can have on the industry.”

The service award was presented to William Nelson. Known as a true friend to the FFA and a leader in agriculture education, Nelson served as the President of the CHS Foundation. CHS is a star partner with FFA Foundation and a lead sponsor in the National Teach Agriculture Campaign. “We [CHS] are serving as stewards,” said Nelson. “We help invest in our future for the greater good!”

Originally from Brainerd, MN, Nelson explained that his biggest influence as an FFA member was his teacher. His favorite memory in FFA was receiving high individual for the Forestry Career Development Event. “Get involved in FFA,” said Nelson. It will teach you what you need to know throughout your entire life.”

The Minnesota FFA Foundation partners with individuals and businesses to provide resources that promote and enhance premier leadership, personal growth and career success for Minnesota youth in agricultural education. For more information about the Minnesota FFA Foundation, contact executive director Val Aarsvold at 507-354-0188 or visit www.mnffafoundation.org.


The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Minnesota students who have taken three or more classes in career and technical education, including agricultural education have a graduation rate of 98.7 percent. Visit www.mnffa.org for more information.