BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota — Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation delegates on Nov. 19 elected Dan Glessing of Waverly in Wright County to a two-year term as president of the organization.

This will be Glessing's first term as president. He succeeds former President Kevin Paap, who decided not to run for reelection after serving 16 years in the position.

“I am excited to serve as the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation president,” said Glessing. “Farm Bureau has always been about family, as my grandparents and parents believed Farm Bureau is continually working for agriculture. It is an honor to serve our members in this capacity and look forward to carrying out the work of Farm Bureau.”

The vote came during the 103rd MFBF convention during the delegate session. Elected to be vice president was Carolyn Olson of Marshall in Lyon County to fill the remaining year of the vice president’s term. Also elected was Peter Bakken of Luverne in Rock County representing District II. Re-elected to three-year terms were Keith Allen of Kenyon in Goodhue County representing District I and Miles Kuschel from Sebeka in Cass County representing District VI.

Appointed to the board of directors serving one-year terms were Promotion & Education Committee chair Amanda Cook from Center City in Chisago County and Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee chair Caitlin Keck of Owatonna in Steele County.

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Glessing and his wife, Seena, farm in partnership with his family near Waverly in Wright County. They have dairy cattle and grow alfalfa, corn and soybeans. The Glessings have three sons and one daughter.

Paap, who served 24 years on the MFBF, was not the only board member to retire this year. Also deciding not to run again were Tyler Nelson, who completed a one-year term on the state board of directors as the Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee chair, and Didi Edwards of Sibley, Iowa, and the Nobles County Farm Bureau, who served a one-year term on the state board of directors as the Promotion & Education Committee chair.

MFBF is comprised of 78 Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota.