Minnesota Farm Bureau Statement on President’s Proposed Budget

“Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation is extremely concerned that President Trump’s administration is proposing budget cuts to the farm bill, specifically crop insurance. These are decisions we strongly oppose,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “Crop insurance provides a strong safety net when help is needed most. The current farm economy demonstrates how important these programs are. Cutting them would be devastating to farm families, our state and rural Minnesota economies.” Read More

State Fair and Farm Bureau Salute Minnesota Family Farms: 165 Century Farms Honored

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 165 Minnesota farms as 2017 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Century Farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau presidents and Gov. Mark Dayton. Since the program began in 1976, more than 10,000 Minnesota farms have been recognized as Century Farms. Read More

Letter to the Editor: Buffer Law Needs Clarity

The following letter to the editor was submitted to the StarTribune in response to Dennis Anderson's May 4 column "Buffers: the truth and untruths" on behalf of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. In his May 4 column “Buffers: the truths and untruths,” Dennis Anderson makes the case that there is much misinformation about the state’s buffer law, which requires farmers and other landowners to be in compliance with the statute by November. There are critical modifications that are needed for this law to be effectively implemented. Read More

MFBF and Fellow Agriculture Organizations,County Leaders Call for Clarity of State Buffer Law

The following letter was sent to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Legislative Leaders on behalf of eighteen state agricultural organizations, including the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF), and several local government officials representing rural counties. Dear Governor Dayton and Legislative Leaders, As farmers and local government officials, we are writing to you with an urgent request with respect to the water buffer law that has become the subject of considerable controversy throughout rural Minnesota. While we are not advocating the repeal of the new buffer law, we must face the fact it is not ready for implementation this year under the current provisions. Read More

GM Discount Ending - Final Days to Save!

The GM Farm Bureau discount will expire May 31, 2017. This is your last opportunity to save big on Chevy, GMC and Buick models! Eligible Farm Bureau members in Minnesota receive a $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of most new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles with a Farm Bureau discount certificate. To redeem, print a discount certificate and present it to your local dealer. Read More

Milk and Its Wholesome Goodness

Ask most people what kind of food is the best, and they might say that fresh is best. There are many options out there to get your hands on fresh wholesome foods, especially in the coming summer months when local farmers markets open. One of the first foods that comes to my mind as a dairy farmer is milk. Read More

Spring is in the Air

The ice is off the lakes, robins are building nests, and buds are producing leaves on the trees. Urban dwellers may say it is spring, but in rural communities, April and May is planting season. I love spring sunshine and flower blossoms, but there is gloom and doom drifting in the air about the farm economy. Farm technology continues to improve production efficiency, yet we are experiencing challenging financial times. Read More

Think Spring

We are past the halfway mark in April, the grass is green and looking like it’s time to think about getting the lawnmower ready. No matter who you are, what your occupation is or where you live, spring is a wonderful time of year. In agriculture, it is a time of excitement, a time to put in place the plans thought about all winter, a time to put your seeds in the ground and put your faith in God to provide the weather to produce a bountiful crop. Think farm safety. With spring comes more vehicles and machinery on our rural roads. Equipment that is wider and slower than our cars and trucks. Drivers, please watch out for our farm equipment on the roadways, allow plenty of space, watch for those sudden turns into the farm fields. Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Breakfast and Other Events on the Farm

Several county Farm Bureaus throughout Minnesota are sponsoring or co-sponsoring Breakfast and other events on the Farm June through October. Each event includes a meal and numerous activities for all ages to enjoy including farm tours, wagon rides, machinery display, petting zoo and much more. County Farm Bureau events are listed in chronological order at fbmn.org/breakfast-on-the-farm with more detailed information. For more information, contact the county/regional Farm Bureau. Read More

MFBF Statement on Possible Withdrawal from NAFTA

“Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is extremely concerned that President Trump’s administration is considering withdrawing the United States from North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A decision that we would strongly oppose,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “Minnesota farmers and ranchers depend upon this critical trade agreement as Canada and Mexico are two of the three largest markets for Minnesota agricultural products - accounting for 27 percent of Minnesota’s agricultural exports. To disrupt this market would be devastating to farmers and ranchers during a time where agriculture is already facing a challenging economic environment.” Read More