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Hugoson Wins Siehl Prize

Written by: Kent Thiesse


On May 24, Gene Hugoson of Granada, MN was honored as one of three 2012 Laureates for the University of Minnesota Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture, which is one of the most prestigious awards at the University. The other honorees were Bruce Hammes and Philip Pardey. This award was created in the early 1990’s through a generous gift to the U of M from Eldon Siehl, a New Ulm area businessman, livestock breeder, and philanthropist, with a lifelong interest in agricultural systems. The Siehl Prize recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the production of food and alleviation of hunger in the areas of production, agribusiness, and knowledge. Gene Hugoson served as MN Commissioner of Agriculture under three Minnesota Governors … Arne Carlson, Jesse Ventura, and Tim Pawlenty. Prior to being MN Agriculture Commissioner, he served in the Minnesota State Legislature. Gene Hugoson has been a dedicated leader and champion of the Minnesota Agriculture Industry for decades.