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Paynesville FFA student wins MFU Renewable Energy Contest
By Communications Director

ST. PAUL (August 22, 2012) Minnesota Farmers Union would like to congratulate Brittany Utsch, daughter of Ken and Shirley Utsch of Paynesville, for winning the Minnesota Farmers Union’s (MFU) FFA Renewable Energy Essay contest.  Brittany was awarded $1,000 for the Paynesville Area FFA Chapter, and a trip to Washington, D.C. when MFU goes on their annual fly-in in September.  Her father, Ken will be accompanying her to Washington, D.C. A thank you and congratulations also goes out the Paynesville FFA Advisor, Mrs. Natalie Utsch, for her guidance. 

“I would like to thank everyone who has worked through the process of selecting me to be the candidate! This is going to be a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to sharing my experience with my FFA chapter and my fellow community members. Going to Washington D.C. will hopefully narrow my search down for a career in agriculture,” said Brittany Utsch. “I am looking forward to meeting the senators and congressmen and congresswomen that have impacted our agriculture laws today. A special thank you to everyone for making this possible!”

MFU asked FFA students statewide to write a 500-750 word essay in response to this question, “What is the state and future of renewable energy, and how will it affect and build Minnesota’s rural economy?” Ms. Utsch states in her essay, “Local farmers will no longer be just our only source for food, but also our source for renewable energies. With wind power becoming more economically feasible, solar and hydro energy is becoming more efficient, and corn becoming an infinite ingredient in our renewable energy; the local economies will prosper from all the new developments in renewable energies.”  She also finds comfort in knowing that renewable energy is not depleting the earth’s resources.

“Brittany did an excellent job of explaining how renewable energy will impact rural Minnesota, and the importance of that to the rural, and United States economy,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Brittany 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 for her.”

Brittany Utsch. Photo courtesy of Impressions Wedding Photography