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.