Gary Wertish was elected Minnesota Farmers Union President in a special election in January 2017. He and his wife Jeanne have four grown children and four grandchildren. He ran a diversified grain and livestock farm and now assists his son Tom operating their family farm near Renville. Gary graduated from Renville High School and Willmar Area Vocational Technical Institute receiving a degree in Agriculture Business Management. Since 1991, Gary has served as a supervisor for Emmet Township in Renville County. He also served nine years as a director and president of the Renville Volunteer Ambulance Service. From 1993 to 1999, Gary served on the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Sweeteners in Washington, D.C., and now is a member of the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Grains, Feed, Oilseeds and Planting Seeds. From 2001 to 2007, Gary served as Sen. Mark Dayton’s Agricultural Director. He has served on MFU and NFU policy committees and as an MFU field representative and Renville County President.