Former MFU, NFU President Cy Carpenter dies at 96
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Cyril H. Carpenter, MFU President 1972-1984 and NFU President 1984-1988, in Bloomington, Minn., at the age of 96 on Feb. 4.
Carpenter grew up on a family farm in Sauk Centre, Minn., joining MFU as a lobbyist and secretary in 1965. He served as president of MFU from 1972-1984, and in 1984, he was elected by NFU membership to serve as president, a position he held until 1988. In 1989, the NFU Board of Directors honored Carpenter with a Meritorious Service Award to Agriculture and to World Agriculture, the organization’s highest honor.
Carpenter was instrumental in building membership and making farm training management programs available under the GI Bill of Rights. Cy led the 1976 effort to organize a Farmers Union hay lift, which brought forage to livestock farmers in our state who were affected by the drought disaster. It saved many dairy farms.
“Cy was a Farmers Union advocate for life, from the time he joined the organization at 23 years of age until the time he passed. He was a forward thinker and a leader at a tough juncture for family farm agriculture,” said National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson of Carpenter.
A memorial service was held on Friday, Feb. 8 in Bloomington, which MFU leadership of past and present attended. We send our condolences to his wife, Fran, and his loved ones.
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