Duane Alberts farms in partnership with his two brothers, David and Richard, and their families on a 640-registered Holstein cow dairy farm near Pine Island, Minnesota.
Alberts has been a member of Farm Bureau since 1985. He has served on the Minnesota Farm Bureau Board of Directors since 1996 and as Vice President since November 2008. Alberts also served on the Dodge County Farm Bureau Board of Directors as vice president and president.
Alberts is a 1977 graduate of the University of Minnesota where he majored in animal science and was a member of the dairy judging team. He was the recipient of the 1977 Dairy Shrine Student Recognition Award.
Alberts has been active on the administrative board of his local church and with the Dodge County Holstein Association. Alberts has traveled extensively including a visit to the rural agricultural areas of China, Mexico and the Dominican Republic where he worked with church groups. In addition, he has worked with the Winrock Foundation for the U.S. Agency for International Development in the New Independent State of Kazakhstan, helping farmers and small businessmen ease into the free enterprise system. In addition, he has traveled to New Zealand with a group of Minnesota dairy businessmen, Department of Agriculture officials and trade officials to study their production marketing systems.
Alberts feels that Minnesota Farm Bureau must continually look for new ways to serve its members and engage with today's consumers. He also feels that one of Farm Bureau's most important functions is to represent agriculture and rural Minnesota in the legislative process.