Gary Wertish

Gary Wertish was elected Minnesota Farmers Union President in a special election in January 2017. Gary and his wife, Jeanne, have four children and four grandchildren. Gary ran a diversified…

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Anne Schwagerl

Anne Schwagerl was elected as the MFU State Vice President in 2021, after serving as the MFU State Secretary for five years. She and her husband, Peter, own and operate…

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Ariel Kagan

Ariel Kagan joined the MFU team as the Climate and Working Lands Program Director in February 2023. Her background is in agricultural economics and policy, and she’s spent her career…

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Claudine Arndt

Claudine Arndt began her adventures with MFU in 2010, starting part-time and eventually growing into her role as the Membership & Minnesota Cooks™ Program Manager. Having descended from a long line of farmers,…

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Dylan Green

As a born-and-raised Greater Minnesotan, Dylan is proud to be working to build on the success of MFU county units in the northwest. The bulk of his career experience has…

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Gail Donkers

Gail Donkers and her husband, Jim, have three children and farm with their extended family in Faribault where they raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa, dairy steers, finishing hogs and sheep. Gail’s…

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Glen Schmidt

Glen grew up on a dairy farm near Little Falls, Minn., and currently resides in St. Paul. He is a graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in mass…

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Janet Kubat

Janet Kubat joined the staff in June 2021. She manages print publications for MFU, works with staff to develop promotional plans and works to make sure the stories of MFU…

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Justin Stofferahn

Justin was previously the Deputy Research Director at BlueGreen Alliance where he oversaw work on industrial and manufacturing issues. He also spent time in a research role at the lobbying…

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