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Washington, DC – On February 2, 2018, Dan Younggren of Hallock, Minnesota was elected Vice President of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) for 2018 by farmer representatives from across the country who gathered for the ASGA annual meeting in Washington, DC. He has served on the Board of the ASGA since 2008.
Younggren is currently serving his second term as the President of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association. He was elected to the RRVSGA Executive Committee beginning in 2008, fulfilling the duties of Secretary and Vice President. His Association involvement began in 2002 representing the Insurance Pool for the Drayton Factory District of the American Crystal Sugar Cooperative. Elected by his peers in 2004 to the Drayton Factory District Board of Directors, he held the offices of Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman completing his term of service in 2015. Youggren also sits on the boards of the First Presbyterian Church of Hallock, the Bearcat Face-Off Hockey Booster Club, Hallock Arena Board and Hallock EDA Board, and he is a past member of numerous civic and religious boards.
Youggren said “It is an honor to lead such a world-class group of farmers during this critical time in our industry. The sugar industry faces many challenges but continues to show proactive leadership on all the issues we face. We look forward to working with Capitol Hill to authorize a strong Farm Bill and with the Administration to implement and enforce regulations in a way that helps our farmers be successful. The sugar industry in Minnesota, and across this nation, is vital to thousands of family farming operations. I look forward to working with the ASGA to preserve the strength of those farms for generations to come.”
Younggren is a fourth-generation sugarbeet, wheat and soybean farmer. Born and raised in Hallock, Minnesota, he graduated from Hallock High School and attended North Dakota State University. His farming career began in 1980 with brother Darryl, father Larry and uncle Harley. His cousin Erik and nephew Corey have since joined the farming operation. Younggren’s son, Blair, is planning to return to Hallock to farm following his graduation from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2019. Dan Youggren and his wife, Diane, have been married for 25 years. Diane Youggren has been employed as a Social Worker working with the elderly in the Kittson County Social Service Office for the past 33 years. Dan and Diane also have a daughter, Kailey, who graduated from the University of Dakota and majored in Graphic Design and Photography. Kailey currently resides in Fargo, North Dakota and has an aspiring photography business called Kailey Louise Designs.
The American Sugarbeet Growers Association represents approximately 10,000 growers in all 11 producing states.
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