Program Leader

  • Tobias Spanier

    Educator, University of Minnesota Extension

    Vice Chair

  • Kyle Petersen

    Vice President/Owner, Petersen Farms, Inc./Kyle B. Petersen Farms


  • Sarah Dornink

    Executive Director, Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC)
  • Sara Hewitt

    Manager of Brand Development and Events/Farmer, Ag Management Solutions/Maplewood Farms/Sweet Cheeks Honey
  • Angela Guentzel

    Ag Production, Exec. Manager/Owner, Guentzel Family Farms/Mankato Valley Seed and Soil Solutions
  • Brant Groen

    Director of Dairy Wellness, Form-A-Feed
  • Bruce Tiffany

    Owner, Tiffany Farms
  • Dr. Robert Milligan

    Senior Consultant, Dairy Strategies, LLC., Professor Emeritus, Cornell University

    Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Duane Carrow

    SMSU Foundation Board Member, Farmer, MARL Alumni - Class I
  • Nathan Polfliet

    Executive Director of Foundation and Advancement, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Patrice Bailey

    Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. Bev Durgan

    Dean, University Minnesota Extension

    Administrative Assistant

  • Jan Jackola

    Program Coordinator, Leadership & Civic Engagement, Extension, UMN
  • Cindy Weber

    Exec Office and Administrative Spec, University of Minnesota Extension, Regional Office