Foundation Awards


Each year at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation recognizes the outstanding contributions of four professionals in the agriculture industry. Awards are presented to an Agriculture Communicator of the Year, Extension Educator of the Year, FFA Advisor of the Year and Post-Secondary Educator of the Year. For a list of previous award winners, visit the link below.

2018 Foundation Award Applications

The deadline for submitting applications is September 15. Winners will be notified by mail in October and recognized at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Bloomington on November 17. For more information contact Ruth Meirick at or 651-768-2115.

2017 Agriculture Communicator of the Year

The Agriculture Communicator of the Year award was given to Jim Bartels, KNUJ-New Ulm. This award is presented because an important mission of Farm Bureau is to inform the public about its policy positions and to tell agriculture’s story.

Jim has worked in media since 1974 and working for KNUJ - New Ulm since 1975 and as the general manager since 1987. Jim grew up on his family farm near Brownton and is a graduate of Mankato State University.  Jim stated that he has long felt the Farm Bureau is a leading voice, advocate, and supporter of our local farmers. Jim and his wife, Konnie reside in New Ulm.

2017 FFA Advisor of the Year

The FFA Advisor of the Year award was given to Seena Glessing of Waverly. This award recognizes the important role these professionals play in developing agricultural leaders for tomorrow.

Seena began her career teaching at the Dassel-Cokato schools before going to Howard Lake-Waverly Winsted. When Seena began teaching in Dassel-Cokato, the program had five members. Before she left the program had grown to over 80 members and the Dassel-Cokato FFA Alumni was established. Now in a program of three advisors at Howard Lake-Waverly Winsted, their program is providing opportunities for students of different abilities, talents, and skills to succeed while positively giving back to the community. Seena and her husband Dan are very active in Farm Bureau, and reside near Waverly on their family farm with their three boys and daughter.

2017 Post-Secondary Educator of the Year

The Post-Secondary Educator of the Year award was given to Bruce White of Winthrop. This award recognizes the educators supporting all of us in production agriculture and the important role these professionals play.

Bruce has been an agribusiness instructor at South Central College for over 22 years teaching welding to powertrains to gas and diesel engines. Bruce also serves as an advisor of the Post-Secondary Agriculture Student organization and assists at the regional and state FFA mechanics career development event and the regional Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet. Bruce not only serves agriculture but his community through a variety of community activities and services such as his church and local military honor guard. Bruce and his wife Rosemarie reside in Winthrop.