WHS FFA

Jurgen Peters, far left, with a Future Farmers of America group from the 1960s, will be inducted into the state FFA Hall of Fame later this month. (Photo courtesy of Waseca County Historical Society)

Retired Waseca agriculture teacher Jurgen Peters will be inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame April 24.

Peters served as a Waseca High School instructor, and led the agriculture education program and FFA from 1957-93. He initiated the first Ag Experience Program which placed agriculture students out in the community working part-time jobs in a wide variety of agriculture-related businesses to help stem interest in those fields of study.

“FFA is a great organization for developing young people in agriculture in and for the agricultural industry — it’s really where the rubber hits the road,” he said. “Students develop so may skills such as public speaking and others. We were lucky that some of my graduates went on to receive the national chamber of commerce young farmer award! And that all began with the program in high school.”

The Outstanding Young Farmer program has been a huge success in Waseca as well as on the state level; there have been many individuals that graduated from Peters’ programs. He was also named Minnesota Agriculture Educator of the Year, and received the Probe and Fire Award given to agriculture instructors who have had students become agriculture instructors.

After retiring from teaching, Peters served as the Waseca County Agricultural Extension agent until 2003. He also served on the Waseca County Soil and Water Conservation District Board for 12 years, was the Waseca County representative to the Nine County Greater Blue Earth River Association and a co-founder of the Waseca Agriculture Professionals Organization. He was also active with Waseca FFA Alumni Association; Farmamerica, Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center, and on the Waseca County Fair Board.

“FFA is a great organization for developing young people in agriculture and for the agricultural industry — it’s really where the rubber hits the road. Students develop so many skills such as public speaking and others. We were lucky that some of my graduates went on to receive the National Chamber of Commerce Young Farmer Award. And that all began with the program in high school,” said Peters.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have been influential and supportive of Minnesota FFA and who have demonstrated a high level of service and longstanding commitment to agriculture, agribusiness and/or education in agriculture.

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