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Gary Wagner - AWG Farms Inc Owner

Gary Wagner
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glw@rrv.net

Gary L. Wagner was born in 1954 to the Parents of Alvin and Maxine (Jobe).  In 1972 graduated from Central High School, in Crookston, Minnesota. Gary was a three sport athlete, participating in football, basketball, and track. 

In 1974, he graduated from the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) campus, with an AA degree in Agricultural Business. While attending college, Gary was a member of UMC's nationally ranked and undefeated Junior College football team in 1973.

In the summer of 1975, Alvin, Wayne (Gary's older brother), and Gary formed the family farm cooperation A.W.G. Farms Inc.  Gary continued his college and football career at the University of North Dakota, but before he could finish his degree program, elected to come back to work at the farm when his father passed away in fall of 1976.

Gary and Lori (Nordlum) were united in marriage in July 1978.  They purchased a farmstead formally owned by Elmer Bredlie, in Roome Township, near the small town of Eldred Minnesota (10 miles southwest of Crookston).  They were blessed with two daughters, Amber, born in 1980 and Autumn, born in 1983. He and his family are members of First English Lutheran Church in Eldred.

Gary served on the board of the West Polk County Soil and Water Conservation District for 12 years from, 1980 to 1992, serving as chairman, from 1989 to 1991. Other past boards he has served on have been West Polk Farm Bureau Association and First English Board of Trustee's.  Currently, Gary is a member of the Sugar beet Research and Education Board of Minnesota and North Dakota, and University of Minnesota Crookston Ag Advisory Committee.

Gary was instrumental in bringing computer technology into the farming operation.  As a self taught computer programmer, integrated the computer for financial and field record keeping since 1981.  During the years 1990 to 1993, Gary sold over 400 copies of his developed software program "Field History Manager" (distributed by Red River Software, Fargo, ND), to the farm market.

Since the adoption of precision agriculture concepts, in 1993, Gary has traveled across the United States, and Canada, (well over 60 conferences and meetings) encouraging and informing other farmers how this technology which can help themselves and the environment. Gary has also traveled to Brasilia, Brazil with Dr. Aziz Rahman, in 1999 and 2000, teaching one week hands-on seminars on the concepts of this new technology (see news story).

Besides his farming duties, Gary serves as a consultant / teacher at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC), Grand Forks, ND, on issues pertaining to precision agriculture.

Awards and honors bestowed on Gary are:

 

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