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

Trade with Cuba

We are truly blessed in this country. We have the opportunity to produce more than we can use. Exports account for one third of the total U.S. farm income. Did you know the United States exports 70 percent of our cotton, 49 percent of our soybeans, 38 percent of our wheat, 20 percent of our pork, 16 percent of our poultry, 15 percent of our dairy, 14 percent of our corn and 10 percent of our beef? Did you know Minnesota’s the 4th largest agricultural exporter in the United States, adding $7.3 billion to the state’s economy that supports nearly 60,000 export-related jobs? Trade is critically important to farm income, the farm economy, our rural economy and our state. Read More


Change is one of the most difficult things for people to embrace while it is one of the most fundamental and inevitable events that occur throughout our life on this planet. As the father of three young boys, I see change occurring at home all the time. Change in appearances as they grow. Changes in how they respond to things as they learn. Changes to what they like to do as they become more independent. These changes are not only fun to watch but can also be sad as they start to lose some of the innocence of earlier life. Read More

Agriculture - More Than Just the Farm

There was once a little boy that dreamed about nothing but being a farmer just like dad and grandpa. This is my story as I’m sure it is with many other boys and girls growing up yearning to be just like mom and dad, raising livestock and growing crops on the family farm. But as most of us know, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine, and the world makes you take a second look at things. This was true for me as I’m sure it is for other young farmers and ranchers. Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Statement on EPA Proposed WOTUS Repeal

“Minnesota Farm Bureau was pleased with EPA’s proposal to ditch the 2015 rule defining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). It was an over regulation that created confusion and uncertainty for regulators and farmers, ranchers and others who depend on their ability to work the land,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. “We look forward to working with EPA Administrator Pruitt to write a new rule that protects water quality without trampling the rights of businesses and the states.” Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Holds 2nd Annual Sporting Clays Tournament

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation Sporting Clay Tournament was held on June 8 at Caribou Gun Club in LeSueur. Forty-four shooters on nine teams participated. Participants tested their skills at 12 interactive shooting stations. The event raised nearly $2,500, and the proceeds will be used by the MFB Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom projects and other educational programs. Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Agricultural Property Taxes

“Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) thanks the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate leadership and members for passing and Governor Dayton for signing the omnibus tax bill. This bill includes a 40 percent tax credit on the portion of agricultural property taxes going towards school debt bond levies,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “This tax provision is critical for addressing the current agriculture economy in Minnesota, and the burden placed on farmers as it relates to the amount of property taxes paid towards school debt bond levies in a bi-partisan and positive manner.” Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Thanks Legislators and Governor Dayton

“Farm Bureau thanks the chairs and members of the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate agriculture committees, Governor Dayton and his staff, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson and his staff, and all Minnesota legislators for addressing agricultural issues in a bi-partisan and positive manner,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. The Agricultural Omnibus Bill was passed in the final days of the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session, and Governor Dayton signed it on May 30. Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Recognizes Sesquicentennial Farms

The Minnesota Farm Bureau is pleased to recognize 33 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2017. A commemorative certificate signed by Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Sesquicentennial Farm recognition. Information on all Sesquicentennial Farm families will be available online at www.fbmn.org. Read More