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News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 25, 2016

Election results announced for three Minnesota commodity councils

Wheat, Dairy and Turkey Councils select leadership

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced the results of the recent elections of board members to serve on three Minnesota commodity councils. The MDA is responsible for administering the elections and certifying the ballots.

The Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council elected the following members to serve three-year terms:

Region 1
Tony Brateng, Roseau, Minnesota
Tim Dufault, Crookston, Minnesota

Region 2
Kevin Leiser, Fertile, Minnesota

The Minnesota Dairy Promotion Council elected the following members to serve two-year terms:

District 1
Dan Grunhovd, Gary, Minnesota

District 3
Kristine Spadgenske, Menahga, Minnesota

District 5
Debi Clasemann, Long Prairie, Minnesota

District 7
Suzanne Vold, Glenwood, Minnesota

District 9
John Merdan, Avon, Minnesota

District 11
Tom Walsh, DeGraff, Minnesota

District 13
Kevin Buss, Hutchinson, Minnesota

District 15
Barbara Liebenstein, Dundas, Minnesota

District 17
James Dose, Lake City, Minnesota

District 19
Karen Kasper, Owatonna, Minnesota

District 21
Rita Young, Plainview, Minnesota

The Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council elected the following members to serve three-year terms:

Region Two
John Peterson, Cannon Falls, Minnesota

At-Large
Christopher Huisinga, Willmar, Minnesota
Scott Jones, Willmar, Minnesota

Through the mandatory check-off program, farmers pay a percentage of their sale proceeds to their commodity council. Commodity councils use the funds to pay for promotion, communication and research activities aimed at increasing crop value for producers.

CONTACT: Margaret Hart, MDA Communications
651-201-6131, Margaret.hart@state.mn.us

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