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Pierz student wins FFA essay contest
By Communications Director

ST. PAUL (June 5, 2014) Minnesota Farmers Union would like to congratulate Grant Smude, son of Jim and Cara Smude of Pierz, for winning the Minnesota Farmers Union’s (MFU) FFA essay contest.  Grant was awarded $1,000 for the Pierz FFA Chapter, and a trip to Washington, D.C. when MFU goes on their annual fly-in in September.  A parent or his advisor will be accompanying him to Washington, D.C.MFU President Doug Peterson; Grant Smude; and FFA Advisor Pat Tax


A thank you and congratulations also goes out the Pierz FFA Advisor, Pat Tax, for her guidance.


MFU asked FFA students statewide to write a 500-750 word essay in response to this question, “What is the farmer’s role in conservation, and why is it important to the future of agriculture in Minnesota?”


Mr. Smude states in his essay, “There is no one more closely connected to our soils and waterways than our farmers. Their role in protecting these and all the natural resources we have is vital. Farmers are the foundation upon which we survive.”


“Grant did a great job of articulating how farming, conservation practices, and the livelihood of us all are interconnected. His essay was thorough and comprehensive and he did a wonderful job,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Grant should be very proud of his work and I want to congratulate him on a job well done.  A bright future in agriculture lies ahead of him.”