Minnesota Farmers Union announces inaugural New Leader Academy class
Oct. 17, 2018
A new program at Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) is set to help 12 members of the organization grow as leaders in their communities and rural Minnesota.
The New Leader Academy (NLA) will begin its first class at the 77th Annual MFU Convention, Nov. 16-18. MFU started the program to offer individuals a place to gain skills for creating and sustaining vibrant communities, as well as how to address local issues and understand various levels of government.
“We are at a time in rural Minnesota when we need good leaders,” said MFU President Gary Wertish. “I am hopeful that these people can make a difference in agriculture and rural communities with what they learn from the New Leader Academy.”
The 12 selected for the first NLA class are:
- John Beaton, Saginaw
- Theresa Bentz, Northfield
- John Hest, Dilworth
- Sarah Hill, Waubun
- Marcus Irrthum, Wanamingo
- James Kanten, Milan
- Jessica Keddy, Sebeka
- Amy Liddell, Ada
- Eric Monson, Eagle Bend
- Melissa Roach, Cook
- Eric Sannerud, Milaca
- Cynthia VanDerPol, Kerkhoven
The class members cover a range of occupations, from farmer to pastor to nurse to writer, and more. After the first session at the MFU convention, the group will meet on selected weekends, in both rural and urban areas, to experience the diversity of Minnesota. They will also attend the MFU Lobby Day Drive-In during the state legislative session and the National Farmers Union Legislative Fly-In in Washington, D.C. in September 2019.
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