This story was first featured in the September-October 2017 issue of Soybean Business. Click here to view the digital version.
MSGA’s newest president hopes to strengthen organization through efficiency
Michael Petefish didn’t always want to be a farmer when he grew up.
“I have a pretty non-typical path to ag,” the newly minted MSGA president said during the final day of Farmfest, where he conducted a round of media interviews and shared the stage with Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson to announce Gov. Mark Dayton’s support for the B20 mandate. “I didn’t grow up on a farm, but it’s definitely in my blood.”
Petefish’s family roots in farming date back as far he can trace his genealogy. His grandfather, Harold, farmed in Iowa until he moved to Dodge County, Minn., in 1950. Michael’s parents divorced when he was young; he lived in Afton, Minn., and graduated from Stillwater High School. During the summers, however, he helped out his dad, Richard, on the 4,500-acre family farm in Claremont, Minn. Read more