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Gov. Dayton appoints David Richter to state board
Governor Mark Dayton appointed a Montgomery farmer to a state board on Thursday, March 28.
David Richter was named to the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine, effective Tuesday. His term will last until January 2, 2017.
Along with his wife Karen, David owns and operates a farrow-to-finish operation with 185 sows and markets 3,300 hogs per year, while raising corn, soybeans and wheat on 650 acres south of Montgomery.
David said an individual who was retiring from the board encouraged him to apply. Every state board is required to have one member from the public sector. David thought his experiences with farming would make him a good candidate.
“I looked at this as a chance for someone to be on the board who is in production, like raising hogs. And I have experienced different things over the years in animal health and working with veterinarians,” he said.
David said the process involved filling out an application and doing a phone interview.
The position requires seven meetings a year, along with correspondence between the meetings.
David explained that the board reviews veterinarian conduct and complaints filed against vets.
In addition to farming with Karen since 1991, David has plenty of experience serving on boards. He is on the Le Sueur County Fair Association Board, and is involved in the MN Pork Producers and the State Pork Board research committee.
He is also working with the Tri -City United School District on the agriculture advisory board, building off that to ensure a good mix of representatives from all the communities.
“It is an honor to be called and asked to apply for the board,” David said. “I look as this a growing experience.”