The Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program graduated their 35th class Saturday in Crookston, Minnesota. Program co-founder and Stephen, Minnesota farmer Bruce Hamnes says the program began as an idea. “I then shared it with some people in Extension and they really put the structure around the program,” says Hamnes. University of Minnesota Extension Educator Jody Horntvedt has been coordinating the program for the past 25 years. “One goal of the program is leadership development and building skills. The other goal is to build relationships and creating networks and connections,” says Horntvedt. Rothsay, Minnesota farmers Justin and Karen Phillips were named the 2019 Agassiz Ambassadors.
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