Minnesota Crop Improvement Association presents awards

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Dr. Jim Orf, a well-known soybean breeder; Roger Enestvedt, a long time hybrid seed corn producer; Rick Brandenburger, a leader in the food grade soybean industry and Paul Bredeson, a dependable field inspector were honored by the members of the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association (MCIA). The awards were presented during the 112th MCIA Annual Meeting held January 13 & 14 in Fergus Falls.

Achievement in Crop Improvement Award

Dr. Jim Orf, Soybean Breeder at the University of Minnesota 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. Orf, who came to Minnesota in 1981, has dedicated his career to teaching, research and developing soybean varieties. During his tenure he has released nearly 100 general purpose and food grade soybeans varieties for Minnesota and the upper Midwest. He has collaborated with scientists in both the public and private sectors to bring the benefits of national and international soybean research to Minnesota soybean producers. As a teacher, Orf has instructed and mentored many students who now hold positions as plant breeders, researchers and Ag business leaders.

Premier and Honorary Premier Seedsman Awards

Rick Brandenburger of Breckenridge and Roger Enestvedt of Sacred Heart 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 certified seed and have been active in the Minnesota Crop Improvement Association and their local community.

Rick Brandenburger, President of Richland IFC, is a leader in the specialty crops industry. He first became associated with MCIA as a seed plant manager for Sigco Research. Since then, he has focused on the production, processing and marketing of unique soybean and corn products. Rick’s knowledge in specialty crops made him a good resource for MCIA, serving on an advisory planning committee and three years on the Board of Directors. He is also a founding member of the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association and serves on the Board of the Midwest Shippers Association.

Roger Enestvedt continues a family tradition of producing quality hybrid seed corn. He is the third generation to operate the Enestvedt Seed Company which was established in 1900 by Roger’s grandfather E.G. Enestvedt. He is a member of the Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers Associations and served on the board of Minnesota Public Seed (MPS) and the Renville County Crop Improvement. He is an FFA Alumni member and active in the Renville County Fair. You can also find Roger in the Enestvedt Seed booth at the Minnesota State Fair where he continues a 70-year family tradition.

Paul Bredeson of Willmar, received the Honorary Premier Seedsman Award. It is presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding support of agriculture and MCIA but are not directly involved in the seed industry. Paul has dedicated 30 years to MCIA as a part-time field inspector in central and west central Minnesota. He has walked hundreds of miles and inspected thousands of acres of crops including oats, barley, rye, wheat, corn, soybean and sugar beets. A member of the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Soybean Growers Associations, Paul helped organize the Kandiyohi County Soybean Growers and served on that board for many years. He is a life member of the Kandiyohi County Fair Association and has served on the Kandiyohi County Fair Board as treasurer and secretary.

In addition to the awards banquet, seed producers and processors from around the state participated in the educational program, business meeting and industry trade show. For more information contact MCIA at 800-510-6242 or visit online at www.mncia.org