Farm Bureau Members Travel to Washington, D.C.

Sixteen Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota met with their members of Congress in Washington, D.C. during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) Farmers to Washington, D.C. trip September 12-16. Read More

MFBF State Fair Builiding site of Panel Discussion on Trade with Cuba

On Saturday, September 2, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith hosted a panel discussion with Minnesota agriculture leaders to highlight the importance of economic engagement with Cuba at the Minnesota Farm Bureau State Fair building. Other panelists included, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner David Frederickson, MFBF President Kevin Paap, Devre Boughner Vorwerk - Cargill, Brian Thalmann - Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish.

"Thank you to Senator Klobuchar for the opportunity to host the panel discussion at our state fair building. We will continue to work on the progress that we made on the Lt. Governor's trade mission to Cuba, "said Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. "Farm Bureau will continue to work with Senator Klobuchar, and the rest of the Minnesota delegation to increase our opportunities with Cuba."

Meet a Farmer at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Building at the State Fair

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) continues their Minnesota State Fair tradition with the Minnesota Farmers CARE theme. Since more than half of Minnesotans have never met a farmer, MFBF created an opportunity for consumers to ask farmers questions at the fair. Minnesota farmers will be volunteering all 12 days of the state fair, August 24-September 4, at the MFBF building where fairgoers will be able to meet farmers who are raising and growing their food. Read More

Connect Food to Farm at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Building at the State Fair

We all eat. Few of us farm. Farmers in Minnesota will be volunteering at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) building at this year’s state fair to help bridge the connection between food we eat to Minnesota farms. Consumers are more interested than ever about how their food is grown and raised. MFBF is providing an avenue for fairgoers to meet and ask questions of the source of their food: farmers. Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Meeting with USDA Secretary Perdue

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue met with Minnesota farmers, business leaders and others on Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap’s farm. “It was an honor to host Secretary Perdue on our farm. He has made it very clear that he wants to hear from farmers and ranchers who have a boots on the ground perspective, and the ‘Back to Our Roots’ tour provided an opportunity for Minnesota to be a part of that conversation,” said MFBF President Paap. Read More

USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Minnesota

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue takes his “Back to our Roots” five-state road trip from Wisconsin to Minnesota today. He’ll be holding a private, invitation-only meeting this afternoon with farmers, business leaders and others on the farm of Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. Read More

Farm Bureau Day Celebrated at Farmfest

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap together with American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall welcomed Farmfest attendees Wednesday to the free pancake breakfast. Farm Bureau served over 1,000 people in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center. Read More

Farm Bureau Decries D.C. Circuit’s ‘Endangered’ Wolf Ruling, Calls for Reform

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, on August 1, that a thriving population of 4,000 Gray Wolves that threatens farmers and ranchers in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin was somehow endangered. This ruling defies common sense.” Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Holds Golf Fundraiser

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation held their annual Golf Scramble on June 27 at River Oaks Golf Course near Cottage Grove. Seventy golfers among 17 teams competed in the event, and over $14,000 was raised with proceeds going directly to the MFB Foundation. Funds will be used for programs focused on agricultural education, safety education and leadership development. The winning team consisted of members of the South St. Paul Gun Club. Read More

Comments on Proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Restrictions

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has released its draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule and is accepting comments through August 11. The purpose of this rule is to minimize potential for nitrate pollution in groundwater and to protect drinking water. The rule is written in two parts. Part one is a preventative measure that the MDA proposes to apply to all areas of the state that it has defined as “vulnerable” based on geology. In general, these areas would include areas of predominantly coarse textured soils, areas with Karst or fractured bedrock, and areas where there is little topsoil and bedrock is near the soil surface. Read More