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Farmers Union honors Todd County member at annual banquet


Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) honored a retired Todd County dairy farmer for his service to agriculture and Farmers Union during its annual banquet on November 20.

Alan Perish of Browerville received the Lifetime Service Award. A retired dairy farmer, Perish has been active in MFU for more than 20 years. He’s earned several awards for member recruitment, and he’s been a delegate to the state convention for more than 20 years.

Since his retirement, he’s been a volunteer driver, driving people in need to medical appointments. He also does work for the Department of Commerce, which conducts an ongoing American Community Survey.

“Receiving this award is an honor. It’s been a privilege to work with so many qualified and understanding great people,” Perish said. “We need an organization that supports the smaller and mid-sized family farmers because the larger farmers’ interests are protected by agribusiness where the smaller farmers stand on their own with the assistance of organizations like Farmers Union.”

Also recognized were Rice County farmer Steven Read, Clay County farmer Melany Thomas and Faribault High School agricultural education teacher Madeline Schultz.

“It was an honor for me to recognize these members for their leadership,” said MFU President Gary Wertish. “Each of them is making a difference for family farm agriculture.”

The 81st annual Minnesota Farmers Union State Convention was November 18-20 in Minneapolis.


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