AgriGrowth: Advocating for Minnesota's Ag & Food Sector

We serve as conveners, advocates, and thought leaders by creating common ground solutions that move the food and agriculture industry forward.

Mission and Purpose

The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization representing the agriculture and food industry.  Formed in 1968, AgriGrowth’s strategic approach to public policy advocacy, issue management and collaboration seeks to foster long-term sustainability, competitiveness and business growth.

AgriGrowth serves as a convener and trusted information source, bringing together its members to address critical challenges and provide solution-oriented outcomes.  AgriGrowth’s industry-wide perspective is essential in a state where the agriculture and food sector is the second largest economic driver.

Members

  • Over 180 companies, organizations and individuals
  • For a current list, visit our Members page

Strategic Priorities

  • Advocating for a positive climate for Minnesota’s food & agriculture industry
  • Building awareness, trust and support for our sector with key influencer audiences
  • Serving as a convener and thought leader on issues relevant to the future growth and prosperity of our sector

Structure

  • Nonprofit, nonpartisan, member-based association
  • Elected board of directors

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Rod Hebrink
Chairman
President and CEO, Compeer Financial Services
Tom Wegner
Vice Chair
Director of Economics and Dairy Policy, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Pat Lunemann
Immediate Past Chair
Partner and General Manager, Twin Eagle Dairy
Sheryl Meshke
Treasurer
Co-President and Ceo, Associated Milk Producers, Inc.
Jake Hamlin
Secretary
Director, State Government Affairs, CHS, Inc.

Board Members

Adam Birr
Adam Birr
Executive Director, Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Alan Poff
Alan Poff
Vice President, Government & Community Affairs, Schwan's
Becca Martin
Becca Martin
Director Government Relations, Cargill
Beth Sparboe Schnell
Beth Sparboe Schnell
CEO, Sparboe Companies
Brian Buhr, Ph.D.
Brian Buhr, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota
Charlie Nelson
Charlie Nelson
President, KLN Family Brands
Chris Cook
Chris Cook
Head, Enogen
Dan Tjornehoj
Dan Tjornehoj
Executive Director and CEO, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association
Don Wick
Don Wick
Farm Broadcaster and Partner, Red River Farm Network
Glenn Stolt
Glenn Stolt
President and CEO, Christensen Farms And Feedlots, Inc.
Jeff Grev
Jeff Grev
Vice President, Legislative Affairs, Hormel Foods Corporation
Kristin Weeks Duncanson
Kristin Weeks Duncanson
Owner, Highland Family Farms
Marc Knisely
Marc Knisely
CEO, Agcountry Farm Credit Services
Mark Davis
Mark Davis
CEO, Davis Family Dairies
Mike Berthoud
Mike Berthoud
Vice President Dairy Farm and Biofuels, Ecolab
Peter Miller
Peter Miller
Chief Strategy Officer, Wenck
Randall J. Doyal
Randall J. Doyal
CEO, Al-Corn Clean Fuel
Robert Orsten
Robert Orsten
Co-Owner, CFO, Orsten Turkeys, Inc.
Steve Peterson
Steve Peterson
Owner, Peterson Farms
Teresa Warne
Teresa Warne
Vice President of Finance, American Crystal Sugar
Thom Petersen
Thom Petersen
Commissioner, Minnesota Department Of Agriculture
Tom Rosen
Tom Rosen
President and CEO, Rosen’s Diversified, Inc.

Staff

Tamara Nelsen
Tamara Nelsen
Executive Director
651-905-8901
Patrick Murray profile image
Patrick Murray
Director of Member and Government Relations
651-905-8900
Cory Bennett profile image
Cory Bennett
Lobbyist
612-269-4320
Dana Ellis profile image
Dana Ellis
Event Manager, Ellis International
763-537-6977
Kirsten Kukowski
Kirsten Kukowski
Communications
608-335-8785
Chelsea Thompson
Chelsea Thompson
Communications
651-485-0050

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