Anoka County Farm Bureau held its annual meeting recently at Majestic Oaks Golf Course.
Guests included elected officials, Anoka County’s Farm Family of the Year, Anoka County Extension staff, Anoka County Extension Committee members, District Farm Bureau representatives and insurance agents.
Highlight of the evening was the recognition of Second Harvest Farms as the 2012 Anoka County Farm Family of the Year.
Representing the three generation family were Daniel and Tyro Johnson, Jane Procopio, David and Curtis Johnson.
Second Harvest Farms was originally established in Columbia Heights in 1927, later moved to Andover and today is headquartered in Oak Grove.
The farming enterprise is a non-traditional way of raising hogs, utilizing food waste from restaurants, schools, nursing homes and other facilities for feed.
The family was recognized by University of Minnesota Extension at Farmfest held at Redwood Falls.
The Johnsons were honored with a certificate and gift card to a local restaurant.
Raymond Delp, son of Don and Kirstin Delp, and Cassie Padula, daughter of Charles and Linda Padula, reported on their experiences at Red, White and You, a youth leadership conference sponsored by Farm Bureau.
They shared key messages from motivational speaker Rick Metzger, on how to be a role model and discover their leadership talents. They also learned citizenship principles on how a bill becomes a law.
Both are Anoka County 4-H members.
Elected officials seeking county or legislative positions were introduced and gave a brief statement.
Legislators in attendance were Rep. Tom Hackbarth, Rep. Kurt Daudt, Rep. and Mrs. Branden Peterson and Sen. Michelle Benson. County commissioners attending were Dan Erhart, Matt Look and Rhonda Sivarajah.
President Doug Lawrence presided over the business meeting. Dick Boniface gave the invocation. Juanita Reed-Boniface gave the annual report of activities.
District Director Fran Miron, Scandia, brought greetings, as did Mike Rouillard, District Promotion and Education Committee representative.
District Program Leader Dennis Sabel commended the organization for their strong leadership and size and scope of programs completed.
“Even though the county membership is small, Anoka County is one of the most active counties in my district,” he said. “It maximize its resources and talents.”
A unanimous ballot was cast to re-elect present officers for another year: Doug Lawrence, president, Juanita Reed-Boniface, vice-president, Dick Boniface treasurer, and JoAnn Lawrence, Charles Padula and Anna Gilbertson, directors. Kathryn Sabel serves as the organization’s secretary/office manager.