Dave Frederickson, an outreach director for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, was selected today by Governor-elect Mark Dayton to serve as the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Frederickson, of Roseville, also has served as president of the Minnesota Farmers Union for 11 years and president of the National Farmers Union. The NFU gave him its Meritorious Award last March for his years of service.
Both state farm organizations in Minnesota welcome Frederickson's appointment.
"Dave's knowledge of the day-to-day challenges that farmers face makes him uniquely qualified as the next Commissioner of Agriculture," says Doug Peterson, MFU president. "I look forward to working with Commissioner Frederickson as the Dayton Administration works to improve family farming in Minnesota."
"Dave Frederickson brings a wealth of experience to the post of Commissioner of Agriculture," says Kevin Papp, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation president. "We have seen firsthand Dave's ability to work with all farmers and the organizations that represent them."
"In addition to actively running a farm, Mr. Frederickson has been engaged on the local, state, national and international level with farmers, agricultural organizations and elected officials," says Paap. "His real world experiences will serve him well as he works to fulfill the MDA's mission of enhancing Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment and the strength of our agricultural economy."
Sources: MFU and MFBF