Eric and Jenny Zeltwanger recognized in rural leadership program
CROOKSTON – Eric and Jenny Zeltwanger of Morris will receive special recognition for their commitment to leadership and their community at the Agassiz Leaders Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 29 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. They, along with individuals from sixteen other counties in northwestern and west central Minnesota will be recognized for their involvement in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program.
Eric is a herdsman for Spring Valley Farms. Spring Valley farms 12,000 acres, finishes 40,000 hogs per year, runs a 4,000 head custom feedlot and custom runs 500 registered cows. Eric oversees the day to day operations for the farm’s 500 head cow herd and also helps in the 4,000 head feedlot.
Jenny works in accounts payable for Riverview, LLP/Wulf Cattle. Riverview has seven commercial dairies in Minnesota and South Dakota with approximately 50,000 cows, calf and heifer sites with 32,000 head replacements, 30,000 beef animals (feedlot and registered), and farms 24,000 acres in Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Crops include corn, soybeans, edible beans, sorghum and alfalfa.
Eric and Jenny are Stevens County’s representatives in the Red River Valley Emerging Leadership Program. They have been taking part in educational sessions along with other rural leaders since November 2013. Those sessions focused on personal leadership styles, communication, community leadership, legislative issues, shared vision, dealing with conflict, and facilitating effective meetings.
This is the thirtieth year the Emerging Leadership Program has brought together individuals from across the region for recognition and training seminars. There are now over 1,000 leaders in northwest and west central Minnesotawho are alumni of the program. The program, which grew out of the King Agassiz Program of the Red River Valley Winter Shows, was developed in 1985 by a small group of people who felt there was a need to help individuals develop their leadership potential. It continues to focus on the belief that effective leadership can be learned and that leaders grow into positions of leadership, motivated by a sense of responsibility for themselves and their communities.
Family and friends Eric and Jenny, and program alumni, are invited to attend the March 29 banquet in Crookston. Tickets can be ordered from the Extension Regional Office, Cookston by calling 218-281-8696 or toll free 1-888-241-0781.