Applications invited for RACA, Adam Jensen Scholarship

The Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association has established a scholarship in memory of Adam Jensen. 

Representatives from the association recently produced a check for $15,000 that has been invested as an endowment for scholarships. “Adam was always the first to volunteer for whatever event and the last one to leave” said Caroline Netzke, past president of the Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association (RACA), as she presented the check.

The Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association hosted the 2014 State Cattlemen’s Tour and the profits generated from that event were dedicated to the endowment. Endowment  earnings will support the scholarship. The scholarship is the brainchild of the RACA directors: Past President Caroline Netzke, Past Treasurer Brandon Kerk-hoff, Steve McCone, Scott Walter, Clint Engen, Dean Guggisberg, Fawn (Dauer) McNamara, Cody Nelson, Dawn Breitkreutz, Jeri Hanson, Dan Kettner and Joe Goodthunder. Mark Clennon, Financial Freedom is the active agent for the investment with American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, an industry leader in the development and sale of fixed index and fixed rate annuity products.

Adam, 23, who died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning December 20, 2013, was a supporter of the beef industry. He and his family were active members of the RACA as well as the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association. Adam enjoyed rural life, farming, animals and the outdoors.  He was active in FFA and 4-H while growing up, and continued to be a strong advocate of those programs after his high school graduation. He was studying agriculture-business and animal nutrition at South Dakota State University, Brookings, at the time of his death.   

Adam and his sister, Amanda, along with the support of their parents, Glenn and Anita Jensen, were influential in the founding of Jensen Family Shorthorns, a registered breeding cow/calf operation. 

Applications for the scholarship are invited. Applicants should be actively pursing a post-secondary education with relevance to agriculture. A GPA is not a prerequisite for scholarship award. Applicants actively involved in the cattle industry will be given strong consideration.

Applications are available online at and are open now until November 1, 2015.

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