WILLMAR, Minn. — The Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention was held at the Willmar Conference Center Dec. 9-10. An awards ceremony took place Dec. 9 recognizing leaders in the cattle community and youth scholars.
Mike Landuyt was named the 2022 Cattleman of the Year. The Cattleman of the Year award recognizes a member or group that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and personal dedication to Minnesota’s cattle community.
Qualities and achievements shared by recipients of the Cattleman of the Year award include: leadership and organizational skills; strong record of active promotion of the beef industry; willingness to speak out publicly on behalf of the industry; served in a variety of volunteer, appointed and elected positions of responsibility within Minnesota’s beef sector and at the national level; well respected by fellow cattlemen, local community leaders and government officials; and an active participant in and supporter of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association (MSCA).
The 2022 Minnesota Beef Industry Service Award was awarded to Minnwest Bank. This award goes to an individual, business or organization that has made a substantial contribution to Minnesota’s cattle community. The Minnesota Beef Industry Service Award serves as an avenue for MSCA to recognize and thank these groups for their effort to support and grow the industry in Minnesota.
Each year, two deserving college students are awarded the Dennis Bottem and Reid Mason Memorial scholarships. Josephine Jensen is the recipient of the 2022 Dennis Bottem Memorial Scholarship. Sydney Pankonin received the Reid Mason Memorial Scholarship.
For more information about the MSCA or the 2022 Annual Convention, contact MSCA at email@example.com. The MSCA is a membership-based organization representing cattle farmers and individuals who are part of the cattle community in Minnesota.
— Kaitlyn Root, Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Executive Director