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MFU Awards $1000 to Sauk Centre FFA
By Communications Director

ST. PAUL (May 23, 2013) Minnesota Farmers Union would like to congratulate Alexis Lee Strong, daughter of Pete and Jennifer Nelson of Sauk Centre, for winning the Minnesota Farmers Union’s (MFU) FFA essay contest.  Alexis was awarded $1,000 for the Sauk Centre Area FFA Chapter, and a trip to Washington, D.C. when MFU goes on their annual fly-in in September.  A parent or her advisor will be accompanying her to Washington, D.C. A thank you and congratulations also goes out the Sauk Centre FFA Advisor, Mr. Duane Lichy, for his guidance.

MFU asked FFA students statewide to write a 500-750 word essay in response to this question, “How can farmers and rural communities work toward implementing a national food security policy to combat hunger on a regional and national level? “

Ms. Strong states in her essay, “the concept of food security is fundamentally important, and for that reason, agriculture is important. The task of growing crops, raising livestock, and feeding citizens has been a first priority for farmers for many years. I believe that pushing for a Farm Bill, Country of Origin, Immigration Bill, and community gardens are all terrific ways on implementing national food security.”

“Alexis did an excellent job of grasping the many levels and complexities of combatting hunger.  Her essay was thorough and comprehensive and she did a wonderful job,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Alexis should be very proud of her work and I want to congratulate her on a job well done.  A bright future in agriculture lies ahead of her.”