The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture will align students with the resources of academic institutions and industry to develop and sustain the workforce needs of agriculture in Southern Minnesota.
The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture will serve as a dominate force in the promotion of education in agriculture and agricultural careers, aligning colleges and curriculums across the region.
Recently, Brad provided national leadership as Program Manager for the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). The curriculum, created as a special project of The National Council for Agricultural Education, is continually improving. He serves as State Leader for CASE on the National CASE Advisory Committee and has hosted CASE Institutes at SCC for teachers attracted from across the nation. Brad has served as the President of the National Council for Agricultural Education which provides leadership for excellence in agricultural education at the middle and high school levels as well as encompassing post secondary and adult agricultural education in agriculture, food, and natural resources. Brad continues to be a lifelong learner, promoting agriculture and supporting the industry.
Brad and wife LuAnn have two adult daughters that are both productively employed in the agriculture industry. Six grandchildren bring much joy to their family. Growing grapes, tending a sheep flock and managing health and a happy home life are some of the many blessings Brad keeps as life priorities. He knows where each day’s gifts originate and concentrates time on faith building. The family resides in Saint Peter, MN.
Tracy's husband Mike is the winemaker at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery. They have a daughter, Tallulah, who is an avid equestrian. The family enjoys time together cooking. camping, and playing with their 2 labrador retrievers.
Jade Kampsen- Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator Jade grew up in Central Minnesota where she was involved in FFA and on her family’s row crop operation. After graduating she followed her love for FFA and agriculture to South Dakota State University, where she studied Agriculture Education. After finishing classes and student teaching Jade decided to go an alternative route and start her career in agronomy sales with Central Farm Service. She enjoyed building relationships with local growers but wanted to get back to her passion of sharing the story of agriculture and education with students.
Jade resides in Ellendale with her two dogs and five horses. She and her boyfriend Hayden Feist enjoy competing in ranch rodeos and going camping with the horses and dogs.
Shelly Kitzberger- Administrative Assistant Shelly Kitzberger is the administrative assistant for the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture. She graduated from South Central College with an AAS Degree in Office Technology. Shelly grew up on a farm in the rural New Ulm area, where her family continues to raise hogs and cattle. She was active in both 4-H and FFA growing up. Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. She also enjoys playing volleyball.