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Tesch to Lead AFB Foundation for Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2013 – Julie Tesch will lead the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. As executive director, Tesch will oversee all of the Foundation’s work, serving as the main face of the organization to Farm Bureau constituencies and corporate partners, according to AFBF Executive Vice President and Treasurer Julie Anna Potts.

“The Foundation will greatly benefit from Julie’s extensive experience in agricultural education work, program development, fundraising, relationship building and organization management,” said Potts.

Julie comes to AFBF from the National FFA Alumni Association, where she served as executive director. Before that, she was executive director of the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council for nine years and a regional Extension educator for 4-H at the University of Minnesota Extension.

Julie has dual master’s degrees in public affairs and agricultural education from the University of Minnesota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and also studied agriculture in both Russia and Switzerland.

Julie was raised on a dairy farm near Waldorf, Minn., where her parents and grandparents were active Farm Bureau members. Her passion for agriculture started at the age of four when she started showing registered Holstein cattle at open shows. This passion for agriculture followed her through her years in 4-H and into her career in agricultural education.

“We’re pleased that Julie will be leading the Foundation,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “The deep knowledge base and skill set that Julie offers will help us fully realize the mission of the Foundation.”

The mission of the Foundation is to build awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education. With contributions from individuals and allied organizations, the Foundation provides grants for local agricultural literacy programs, scholarships for teachers to attend the national Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, an agricultural essay contest, educational materials about farm safety and numerous materials for educators and learners of all ages, including “Ag Mags,” a list of accurate ag books and Book of the Year designation, lesson plans, the My American Farm online educational activities (at myamericanfarm.com and in the app store at iTunes and Google Play) and many more. Learn more about the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture at agfoundation.org.


Contacts:   Tracy Taylor Grondine
(202) 406-3642
  Cyndie Sirekis
(202) 406-3649