Minnesota Governor-Elect Tim Walz’s transition team is interviewing candidates for the various departments and agencies. Judging by the number of applicants, there is a lot of interest in the agriculture commissioner job. Agricultural lobbyist Bruce Kleven says a few names have surfaced. “One of the contenders is Thom Petersen who is the current lobbyist for Minnesota Farmers Union. We’ve worked with Thom over the years and he is a good part of the ag lobby team.” The other contenders are current MDA Deputy Commissioner Andrea Vaubel and Minnesota AgriGrowth President Pat Lunemann. Vaubel previously worked for Congressman Walz. Lunemann farms in Todd County and is the past president of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association.