Redwood Valley High School Hosting Agricultural Education Intern


Redwood Falls, Minn. (June 9, 2021) — Lisa Orren and Donavan Phoenix of Redwood Valley High School are hosting Dana Hedberg as an Agricultural Education Intern. The internship is part of a State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program initiative, which is coordinated by the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC). Hedberg is originally from Atwater, MN and is studying Agricultural Education at South Dakota State University.


During the internship, Hedberg will be working closely with Orren and Phoenix to help local students and community members engage in agricultural education throughout the summer months. “My passion for agriculture is five generations deep. Being involved with the family farm and several agribusinesses, I need to pass on my knowledge and experiences to the next generation of leaders and agriculture business professionals. The need for the next-generation to be a part of agriculture is great,” says Hedberg.


“Redwood Valley is very excited to host our first Agricultural Education intern,” says Orren. “Dana will allow us to keep moving in a positive direction as we continue to grow and develop our summer programming. We look forward to learning from him just as much as he will be learning from us.”


The purpose of the Agricultural Education Internship is to spark an interest in current undergraduate students to consider entering the teaching profession and to provide hands-on experience as an agriculture teacher. The experience will focus on summer programming, such as Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) visits, curriculum development, community events, and FFA leadership trainings. One week will also be spent at the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) summer conference, providing opportunities for professional development and networking.


Seven students majoring in Agricultural Education at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, South Dakota State University, and California State University-Fresno with an interest in teaching agricultural education in Minnesota have been selected and paired with current Minnesota agriculture teachers for the summer.

This internship was made possible by generous donations from AgriBank, AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Christensen Farms, CHS Foundation, Compeer Financial, and MAELC.

MAELC is a 16-member legislative council that provides leadership to promote and expand agricultural education in Minnesota. The state legislature, agricultural educators, and agriculture industry leaders are all represented on the council.