On February 2, 2018, Richard Gerstenberger was elected President, Dan Younggren as Vice President and Pat Freese as Treasurer of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association (ASGA) for 2018 by farmer representatives from across the country who gathered for the ASGA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
ASGA President Gerstenberger of Snover, Michigan, was previously Vice President of the ASGA and has served on the Board since 2008. Gerstenberger is currently Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Sugar Company in Bay City, Michigan. He is a third-generation farmer who operates a family farm operation that includes his parents, Dwain and Shirley; and Mr. Gerstenberger and his wife, Linda. Sons Dan (wife Amanda) and Mike (wife Kayla) also farm with them on approximately 3,000 acres in rotation of corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and sugarbeets. Their daughters are Jennifer and Jillian, and their grandchildren are Clayton, Liam, Kendall, Avery and Bodie.
ASGA Vice President Younggren of Hallock, Minnesota, has served on the Board of the ASGA since 2008. Younggren is currently serving his second term as the President of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association. Younggren is a fourth-generation sugarbeet, wheat and soybean farmer. Mr. Younggren’s farming career began in 1980 with brother Darryl, father Larry and uncle Harley. Younggren’s son, Blair, is planning to return to Hallock to farm following his graduation from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2019. Dan Youggren and his wife, Diane, also have a daughter, Kailey, who graduated from the University of Dakota and majored in Graphic Design and Photography.
ASGA Treasurer Pat Freese of Kent, Minnesota, has served on the Board of the ASGA since 2014. This is his second term as ASGA Treasurer. He also serves on the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative Board of Directors. Pat and his wife, Diana, farm in Kent, Minnesota. He took over the family farm in 1985 and is a 4th generation farmer. Pat started raising sugar beets in 1991 and today raises barley, wheat (spring or durum), corn and soybeans. Pat and Diana have 2 children, Brent and Nicole.