Trimont Farm Girl Excited to Join State's Ag Interpretative Center
A Trimont farm girl is the newest addition to the staff of the state’s agricultural interpretive center.
Ellyn Swanson was named program and communications assistant for rural Waseca-based Farmamerica last month. In her new role, she is charged with developing and implementing agricultural education programs, assisting with social media accounts and writing promotional and professional materials, including grant proposals and press releases.
Swanson grew up on her family’s corn and soybean farm near Trimont, where she said she developed a strong passion for agriculture and farming. That led to her involvement in FFA throughout high school and eventually on her path to the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Martin County West High School in 2015 and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communication and marketing from the U of M Twin Cities in May.
Swanson is the daughter of Mike and Laura Kern of Trimont and Phil and Renetta Swanson of Sherburn.
Swanson joins Farmamerica with three years of professional experience working in the agriculture industry, and many years of active experience in production agriculture. Most recently, she worked as the communications assistant for the U of M Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing Department. Swanson also worked for Jackson-based New Fashion Pork as a communications project intern, and she gained experience working in 4-H and Extension as the 2016 summer program assistant and the 2017 interim program coordinator for Martin County.
Swanson also helps tell the story of today’s farm families as the communications manager for Highview Farms near Hamburg. When she’s not taking photos around the farm or sharing the farm’s story on social media, Swanson said she can be found feeding calves and helping milk the 200-Jersey cow herd. While happy to be working in communications and sharing the story of agriculture, Swanson said she also hopes to someday farm alongside her family.
Jessica Rollins, executive director of Farmamerica, said she is excited to welcome Swanson onboard.
“Ellyn is a fantastic addition to our team at Farmamerica,” Rollins said. “Her passion for sharing the story of agriculture, firsthand experience in the industry and working with youth provide a dynamic level of energy and creativity to the programs we’re developing.”
Farmamerica is a nonprofit organization established by the state Legislature in 1978 as Minnesota’s agricultural interpretive center, telling the story of agriculture through historical tours, educational programs and family events. The 360-acre Farmamerica site is just off Highway 14 on County Road 2, west of Waseca.