Minnesota FFA Association seeks hall of fame nominations

Published 9:22 am Sunday, December 22, 2013

According to a press release, the Minnesota FFA Association is accepting nominations for the FFA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have been influential and supportive of Minnesota FFA and who have demonstrated a high level of service and longstanding commitment to agriculture, agribusiness and/or education in agriculture.

The Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame was established as part of the organization’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2004. One hundred sixty-two individuals have been inducted in the first 10 years.

“The Hall of Fame is an excellent opportunity to honor the men and women who, over the years, have demonstrated leadership and commitment not only to the FFA but also to Minnesota’s agricultural industry,” said Steve Olson, co-chair Hall of Fame committee.

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All nominations for the 2014 class of inductees must be submitted by Jan. 20. Anyone can submit a nomination, and candidates may be living or deceased.

Nominees should meet most, but not necessarily all, of the following criteria:

• Contributions and service the candidate has provided to agriculture agribusiness, to education in agriculture and FFA. Consideration should be given to longevity.

• Leadership to the candidate’s profession, to agriculture/agribusiness, education in agriculture and to the FFA

• Career accomplishments, honors and recognition

• FFA leadership at the local, state and national level

• Leadership and support to other agricultural/agribusiness related organizations and/or agencies

• Responsibilities, leadership and/or services to non-agricultural groups and organizations

• Participation and support of philanthropic endeavors

• Service to and participation in activities which promote agriculture, agribusiness, citizenship, education and the FFA.

A selection committee consisting of a variety of FFA members, FFA alumni, Hall of Fame inductees and agricultural educators will make the final decision on who is inducted. An induction ceremony will take place at the 2014 FFA Convention in April.

Nominations can be submitted via an online nomination form at http://z.umn.edu/mnffahofnom  Please submit a photo of the nominee to mnffaalumni@gmail.com.

For more information call Steve Olson at 763-682-2171 or Mary Buschette at 612-760-4370.