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Doug Peterson named 2016 Distinguished Friend of Extension

Media contact: Allison Sandve, U of M Extension,, (612) 626-4077

ST. PAUL, Minn. (10/6/2016)—Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson has been named 2016 Distinguished Friend of Extension.

The award was announced this week by Extension Dean Bev Durgan, who said Peterson’s advocacy “has strengthened Extension’s ability to create a stronger Minnesota.”

“As a farmer and former teacher and state legislator, Doug appreciates the role Extension plays in Minnesota agriculture,” Durgan said.
Doug Peterson
Doug Peterson 

She also lauded Peterson for his support for 4-H, including visionary contributions to Minnesota’s pioneering 4-H Science of Agriculture program and the 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction at the State Fair. Peterson and the Minnesota Farmers Union have played an important role helping secure legislative funding for Extension to create positive impacts across Minnesota, including the Farmer-Lender Mediation program that helps farmers facing financial challenges.

“I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of the Minnesota Farmers Union members and in support of the hard work that the University of Minnesota and Extension does to advance family farming,” Peterson said.

President of the Minnesota Farmers Union since 2002, Peterson also serves as secretary of the National Farmers Union. Earlier this week, he announced he’ll retire at the end of 2016. Peterson lives and farms near Madison, Minn.


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