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Meet our Team

Minnesota FFA Foundation's Board of Trustees are comprised of business and industry professionals from across Minnesota.  All who come together voluntarily to support one cause: engaging partners to build strong Agricultural Education programs across Minnesota.  Supporting Minnesota's youth, one student at a time.

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Message from Board Chair Velde

"Be the Change you wish to see in the World"   -Gandhi

Greetings Minnesota FFA Supporters!


Thank you for stopping by!  FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of student across Minnesota.  The MN Foundation is committed to making the FFA experience available to all students regardless of financial need.  With your support we can all promote and enhance premier leadership, personal growth and career success for Minnesota youth in agricultural education. 


These are life-changing programs that we desire all students to have access.  In planning your giving, I hope you will consider an investment in MN FFA members.  


There are multiple ways to give to FFA.  You can find them all here on the MN FFA Foundation website. Thank you for being the change we wish to see in the world!


Val Velde, Board Chair MN FFA Foundation

Regional Customer Operations Manager, Land O’Lakes

Meet our Board of Trustees

Val Velde

Why Val Volunteers >

Land O'Lakes, Purina Animal Nutrition
Regional Customer Operations Manager
Board Chair:
Staci Martin

Why I serve on the board>

Director of Government Affairs
Patrice Bailey

Why I Choose to Support >

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Assistant Commissioner
Paula Mohr

Why I Choose to Support >

The Farmer Magazine / Farm Progress / Informa PLC 
Lara Durben

Why Durben is a supporter >

Empowered Events LLC
Pat Dingels

Why I Choose to Support >

Redwood Area Development Corporation,
Redwood Area Community Foundation

Executive Director
Jim Burns

Why Burns is a supporter >

Procise Solutions, Inc
Natasha Mortenson

Why Natasha is a supporter >

Riverview, LLP
Community Relations
Jean Johnson

Why Johnson gives >

AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Marketing Communications Consultant
Paul C. Aarsvold

Why I Choose to Support >

Minnesota Association of
Agricultural Educators

Past President
Dr. Francis Homans

Why I Serve >

University of Minnesota Agriculture Education, Communications & Marketing
Professor and Head
Ben Olander

How I am making a difference >

Minnesota FFA Association
State FFA President
Kyle Petersen

Why Kyle supports FFA >

Petersen Farms, Inc
Clint Smith

Why I Choose to Support >

Rockford High School
Agricultural Educator
Juleah Tolosky

What the FFA Foundation means >

Minnesota FFA Association
Executive Director
Dr. Zane Sheehan

About my commitment to FFA >

Minnesota Department of Education

State Supervisor of Agricultural Education; AFNR Program Specialist, Minnesota FFA State Advisor and Board Chair

Jasmine Brett Stringer

Why I Choose to Support >

Carpe Diem with Jasmine
Mat Vaupel

Why I Choose to Support >

Vaupel Farms
Owner and Operator
Jason Schwantz

Why I Choose to Support >

CHS, Inc
Senior Vice President of Refined Fuels
Julie Tesch

Why Julie is a donor >

Center for Rural Policy & Development
President & CEO

Meet our Executive Sponsors Board

Kevin Paap

Why I Choose to Support >

Minnesota Farm Bureau
Executive Sponsors Board Chair
Rod Hebrink

Why I Choose to Support >

Compeer Financial
President & CEO
Mark Davis

Why I Choose to Support >

Davisco Food International
Need Mark's TItle
Dan Kohls

Why I Choose to Support >

Need Dan's title
Jeff Grev

Why I Choose to Support >

Hormel Foods Corporation
Need JEff's Title
Dave Ladd

Why I Choose to Support >

RDL & Associates, LLC
Gary Sloan

Why I Choose to Support >

BMO Harris Bank
Need Gary's Title
Bill Stevens

Why I Choose to Support >

Relationship Management Specialist

PO Box 365

Plainview, MN 55964




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