SFA Awards

2014 SFA Award Winners, from top to bottom: Richard Handeen and Audrey Arner with nominator Kent Solberg (right); Cree Bradley with nominator Kelly Smith; and Carol Ford (left), accepting for her late husband, Chuck Waibel, presented by Mary Hanks.

2014 SFA Award Winners, from top to bottom: Richard Handeen and Audrey Arner with nominator Kent Solberg (right); Cree Bradley with nominator Kelly Smith; and Carol Ford (left), accepting for her late husband, Chuck Waibel, presented by Mary Hanks.

2014 SFA Awards

SFA announced its 2014 Farmer Emeritus and Distinguished Service awards at the Leaders Breakfast at the SFA Annual Conference on Sat., Feb. 8, 2014, at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

The Farmer Emeritus award, given to a farmer or farm family, currently farming or retired, that has dedicated many years to the advancement of sustainable farming in Minnesota, was awarded to Richard Handeen and Audrey Arner.

The SFA Distinguished Service Award, for a farmer or non-farmer who has shown a high level of dedication, commitment, service and perseverance to supporting sustainable agriculture in Minnesota, was given to Cree Bradley and the late Chuck Waibel.

Past Award Winners

Year Farmer Emeritus Award Distinguished Service Award
2014 Richard Handeen & Audrey Arner Cree Bradley
Chuck Waibel
2013 Joel Rosen Linda Meschke
Sue Wika
2012 Kent & Linda Solberg DeEtta Bilek
Mary Ellen Frame
2011 John & Jane Fisher Merritt Dennis Johnson
Curtis Bush
2010 Carl & Betty Ziebarth Mary Jo Forbord
Jim Tjepkema
2009 Marv & Laura Bihl Chris Barnier
2008 Ken Peterson None
2007 George Yokiel Greg Reynolds
2006 Jim & LeeAnn VanDerPol Mary Hanks
2005 Ralph Lentz None

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Service Award Winners Linda Meschke (left) and Sue Wika, and Farmer Emeritus Award winner Joel Rosen were honored Feb. 16 at the SFA Annual Conference Leaders Breakfast.

2013 Awards

Presented Feb. 16 at the SFA Annual Conference Leaders Breakfast.

Distinguished Service

Linda Meschke (left in photo above)
Sue Wika

Farmer Emeritus

Joel Rosen

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2012 Awards

Distinguished Service

DeEtta Bilek
Mary Ellen Frame

Farmer Emeritus

Kent & Linda Solberg
Farmer Emeritus Award