AgSource Cooperative Services recognized Dale Jensen, Amery, with the cooperative's 2016 Distinguished Leadership Award at the AgSource Annual Meeting, held in Bloomington, MN, on Jan. 27.
The Distinguished Leadership Award is presented to a member of the cooperative who has demonstrated exceptional service and provided extraordinary leadership within the organization.
Jensen served as an AgSource delegate from 1989 to 2007 and on the Nominating Committee for the Northwest District for many years. He was a director and president of the Polk-Burnett Dairy Herd Improvement Cooperative and has served on the board of trustees of the AgSource Foundation of Wisconsin since 2010.
Jensen has been instrumental in the Polk-Burnett Fund Committee, which has awarded over $60,000 in agricultural scholarships and other educational grants in the two county area. He served as a director of Farm Service Co-op, Turtle Lake and Dairybelt Guernsey Sires selection committee and is currently on the board and serves as vice president of Luck Mutual Insurance Company.
Jensen has served on many other local and state boards and committees, including the Polk County ASCS Committee and as director and President of the Equity Co-op of Amery. He is a member of Barron-Polk Guernsey Breeders, Wisconsin Guernsey Breeder's Association and American Guernsey Association, having served as director and president of each. In 2002, he was named the American Guernsey Association's Master Breeder.
Jensen owns and operates Jens-Gold Farms with his wife, Teressa, and brother, Lyle. The Jensens milk 225 Guernsey cows and raise nearly the same number of young stock. His daughter Kirsten Klugow, is the herdsperson and son Trent helps with crops. Trent and his wife LeAnn own Golden J, a 60-cow Guernsey herd, located 5 miles southwest of Jens-Gold Farms. About 840 acres of cropland are harvested each year to feed the 600 Guernsey's housed at the two farms. Another son, Kent, lives on the farm and installs auto glass.
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