SFA Awards

At top, outgoing Board Treasurer Josh Reinitz accepts the Director's Award from John Mesko. At bottom, Chris Kudrna laughs as his Distinguished Service Award nomination was read.

At top, outgoing Board Treasurer Josh Reinitz accepts the Director’s Award from John Mesko. At bottom, Chris Kudrna laughs as his Distinguished Service Award nomination was read.

2015 SFA Awards

SFA announced its 2015 Director’s Award and Distinguished Service Award winners at the Leaders Breakfast at the SFA Annual Conference on Sat., Feb. 14, 2015, at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn.

The new Director’s Award, to honor dedication, loyalty, trust, leadership and service in support of sustainable agriculture, was given to outgoing SFA Board Treasurer Josh Reinitz.

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 longtime SFA Board member Chris Kudrna.

Past Award Winners

2015

Director’s Award: Josh Reinitz
Distinguished Service: Chris Kudrna

2014

Farmer Emeritus: Richard Handeen & Audrey Arner
Distinguished Service: Cree Bradley, Chuck Waibel

2013

Farmer Emeritus: Joel Rosen
Distinguished Service: Linda Meschke, Dr. Sue Wika

2012

Farmer Emeritus: Kent & Linda Solberg
Distinguished Service: DeEtta Bilek, Mary Ellen Frame

2011

Farmer Emeritus: John & Jane Fisher Merritt
Distinguished Service: Dennis Johnson, Curtis Bush

2010

Farmer Emeritus: Carl & Betty Ziebarth
Distinguished Service: Mary Jo Forbord, Jim Tjepkema

2009

Farmer Emeritus: Marv & Laura Bihl
Distinguished Service: Chris Barnier

2008

Farmer Emeritus: Ken Peterson

2007

Farmer Emeritus: George Yokiel
Distinguished Service: Greg Reynolds

2006

Farmer Emeritus: Jim VanDerPol & LeeAnn Hanson VanDerPol
Distinguished Service: Mary Hanks

2005

Farmer Emeritus: Ralph Lentz