AgriGrowth Executive Director Tamara Nelsen Announces Retirement

May 20, 2024

Saint Paul, MINN.--The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council (AgriGrowth), a nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization representing the agriculture and food industry, announced today that Executive Director Tamara Nelsen will retire in June. Nelsen served as AgriGrowth’s Executive Director since February 2019. Her successor, Darin Broton, begins June 10, 2024.

“AgrGrowth is grateful for Tamara’s leadership over the past five years,” said Sheryl Meshke, AgriGrowth Board Chair. “The foundation of our organization is strong as Darin assumes the executive director role.”

Under Nelsen’s leadership, AgriGrowth enhanced its role as an influential voice for agrifood by implementing a strategic plan that better serves its membership and future advocacy and programs. She also convened more than two dozen stakeholders across the industry to complete the first ever economic contribution of agri-food study for Minnesota. Additionally, Nelsen effectively implemented projects to address key challenges in the industry including talent and workforce, cyber security, climate-smart agricultural opportunities, expanded exports and trade, and better informing legislators and consumers about agri-food.  

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as AgriGrowth’s Executive Director and to dedicate my career to an industry that provides the food, fuel and fiber our world needs,” said Nelsen. “AgriGrowth has been a leading voice for our industry since 1968, and having the opportunity to build upon that work is a highlight of my career.”

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