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Zurn receives national award

Karolyn Zurn, a Callaway, Minn., farmer and farm group leader, has received the LEAVEN Award from American Agri-Women. The award -- its name comes from Loyalty, Enthusiasm, Anticipatory, Valiant, Effectiveness and Nurturing -- goes to women who h...

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Carolyn Zurn Photo by Nick Nelson, Agweek

Karolyn Zurn, a Callaway, Minn., farmer and farm group leader, has received the LEAVEN Award from American Agri-Women.

The award - its name comes from Loyalty, Enthusiasm, Anticipatory, Valiant, Effectiveness and Nurturing -  goes to women who have acted as leaven, “a small element that can interact and influence everything around it. It permeates and raises the elements it’s mixed with,” according to American Agri-Women.

Zurn is American Agri-Women chair of U.S. Government Affairs and Vital Issues and also is chair of Minnesota Agri-Women.  She’s involved with Northern Crops Institute, Minnesota Ag In the Classroom, Common Ground and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, too.

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American Agri-Women has more than 40,000 members. It’s the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women and has more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliate organizations throughout the country.

Zurn and husband, Bill,  farm with their two sons in northwestern Minnesota.  They grow soybeans, corn, sugar beets, alfalfa and wheat.

Agweek featured Karolyn and Bill Zurn in a 2014 cover article that looked at efforts to promote biodiesel use in Minnesota and elsewhere.

Read the article here .

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