The Alan Peterson Agricultural Scholarship serves to Respect natural resources, Embrace innovation, Advocate for agriculture at local, regional and national levels, Protect irrigated production agriculture and Promote research.
Alan Peterson lived and farmed in Sherburne County his entire life. He proudly served as a member of many agricultural boards at the local, county, and state levels and was president of the Irrigators Association of Minnesota for 18 years. One of his many passions was advocating for irrigation in the sandy soils of central Minnesota. He enjoyed communicating with farmers regarding irrigation questions and concerns. He was open to innovative practices that would increase crop productivity.
Congratulations to Anna Buckentine of Chaska, MN and Adam Lange of Deer Creek, MN the first two students to recieve annual Alan Peterson Agricultural Scholarship.
Anna is a 2017 graduate of Chanhassen High School in Chaska and is attending the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities studying Agricultural Education. Her goal is to work in a high school setting teaching agricultural education. Until then, she will participate in a MAELC internship to hone her skills. Anna plans to bring her 4H experience and love for watching young people learn to the classroom.
Adam is a 2019 graduate of Henning Public School in Deer Creek and is attending University of Minnesota at Crookston with a major in Agronomy and minor in Agricultural Business. After graduation, he hopes to return home and continue growing his family crop farm. He looks forward to bringing the newly learned skills back to the farm, including new technology like drones to improve yields.