Minnesota Crop Improvement Association presents awards

Farm Forum

The Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA) recently honored several individuals during its 110th Annual Meeting. Seed producers from around the state participated in the educational program, business meeting and awards banquet. During the banquet, several individuals were recognized for their efforts and support of agriculture, the seed industry and MCIA.

Achievement in Crop Improvement Award

Richard Magnusson of Roseau was recognized with the Achievement in Crop Improvement Award. It is MCIA’s highest honor and is presented annually to recognize exemplary service by an individual to agriculture and the seed industry. The Magnusson family has a long history of producing certified seed of small grains, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, timothy, reed canarygrass and several native species.

Described as an advocate for farmers and seed producers, Richard has dedicated countless hours to a number of organizations. He has worked closely with University of Minnesota Researchers and Chaired the Minnesota Turf Seed Council working to improve grass seed production in Northern Minnesota. He was instrumental in the formation and operation of RL Growers Cooperative, a grower group producing and marketing turf grass seed products. In addition Richard held leadership roles in many other local, state and national organizations, including the Roseau Jaycees, the Minnesota and National Association of Wheat Growers and the MCIA Board of Directors.

Premier and Honorary

Premier Seedsman Awards

David Haugo of Waubon and James Hunzeker of Spring Grove received Premier Seedsman Awards. The award, presented annually since 1929, recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a long term commitment to the production and promotion of high quality