Women Picked For Top 2 Ag Spots

Two Minnesota women are set to take over top federal agriculture spots in the state, if the Senate approves.

Linda Hennen of Woodbury would become state Farm Service Agency executive director and Colleen Landkamer, a long-time Blue Earth County commissioner, would be state rural development director.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recommended the two in January and the Obama administration now has made their nominations official.

“These two individuals understand Minnesota agriculture and will work hard to keep our farms and rural communities strong," Klobuchar said. "They recognize the importance of having a strong safety net for farmers and investing in the rural energy economy, which will create jobs, boost our economy and help Minnesota farmers."

Hennen has worked for the FSA 30 years, half in management.
For seven years beginning in 2000, Hennen was district FSA director for 10 southeastern counties, Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha, Washington and Winona.

Hennen lives in Woodbury, but continues to be part-owner of the family farm in Stevens County, where she grew up.

The FSA runs a variety of farm-related federal programs dealing with farm commodities, credit, conservation and disasters. The rural development office helps with economic development issues.

Also, Klobuchar recommended five people to serve as members of the FSA State Committee: David Haugo of Waubun, Roger Vogt of Palisade, Kent Kanten of Milan, Richard Peterson of Mountain Lake and Scott Winslow of Fountain.