Larry J. Klingbeil of Bloomington was recently inducted into the Minnesota FFA Hall of Fame. He is the founder of Aaron of Commerce, TX & Eric of Stoughton, VA.
He taught high school agriculture science for 17 years and adult farm business management in New Ulm. He completed doctorate, and was the head reacher educator in the Department of Agriculture Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce and also taught courses in Agricultural Economics.
In 2005 he returned to the University of Minnesota and taught classroom management, curriculum development and graduate classes while supervising student teachers for the Division of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Education. He has been involved in some phase of agricultural education for 47 years. He also helped develop curriculum materials. He was a major writer for the Minnesota Farm Business Management Curriculum and was director of the Texas Agriculture Management Program (TAMP) for Texas farmers and ranchers.
He has received the local, district, state and American Honorary FFA Degrees. He was president of the Minnesota FFA Alumni Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Texas and Minnesota FFA Alumni and the Vocational Ag Teachers Association of Texas. He was named Outstanding Minnesota FFA Alumni Member in 1992.
Klingbeil has served on several state and national committees and as president of the University Agricultural Teacher Educators of Texas and President of the National Farm & Ranch Business Management Education Association. He was recognized with the Southern Region Distinguished Service Award and nominated for many Who's Who of Education and Business.