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Industry Honor Roll: Minnesota dairy families honored; Horizon Organic awards scholarships

University of Minnesota, Horizon Organic Published on 18 September 2012

Dairy families honored by University of Minnesota
U of M recognized 76 Farm Families of 2012, including several dairy industry families:

  • Carlton County: Newman Dairy
  • Carver County: Heuer Dairy Inc.
  • Kandiyohi County: Carlson Dairy, LLP
  • Mower County: Gene Anderson Dairy Farm
  • Rice County: Joe and Pat DeGrood Bros.
  • Todd County: Lunemann Family's Twin Eagle Dairy
  • Wadena County: Mertens Family Dairy Farm
  • Wright County: Valley View Dairy (Dan & Erica Elsenpeter and Luke & Elizabeth Elsenpeter)

—From University of Minnesota news release

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Scholarships awarded to support future organic leaders
Horizon Organic awarded $2,500 scholarships to four students with promising futures in organic agriculture – all children or grandchildren of Horizon’s 600-plus family farmers.

  • Callie Brodt of Ferndale, California, is the granddaughter of Horizon producer Jim Walker, who runs Walker Dairy. Brodt plans to pursue an agricultural business degree from Chico State University. In addition to working on her family’s organic dairy farm, she was also president, secretary and historian for her high school’s FFA chapter.
  • Mieke DeJong of Bonanza, Oregon, is the daughter of Horizon producers Arie and Jenneke DeJong, who run the Windy Ridge farm, also in Bonanza. This is Mieke’s second HOPE Scholarship. She will be attending Oregon State University to pursue an agricultural business degree.
  • Ashlie Hardy is the daughter of Horizon producers Henry and Teresa Hardy, who own Hardy Farm in Farmington, Maine. She plans to attend the agricultural and environmental sciences program at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she will study animal science with a focus on dairy.
  • Sierra Knight is the daughter of Horizon producer Bradley Knight, of Knight’s Meadow View Farm in Lisbon, New York. She will attend St. Lawrence University where she plans to pursue a pre-veterinary program and a minor in biology with a goal of becoming a licensed veterinarian with a focus on organic regulations. PD

—From Horizon Organic news release

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