Farm Bureau News

 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Outlines Focus Areas for 2018

Voting delegates at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) 99th Annual meeting adopted policy positions for 2018. Based on these actions, the MFBF Board of Directors have provided focus for the organization on public policy, image and leadership including rural communities, healthcare, trade, taxes, food, water and infrastructure.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Elected and Appointed Officials Address Farm Bureau Members

Farm Bureau members from Minnesota had the honor of hearing from elected and appointed officials at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting November 16-18. “We were pleased to have elected and appointed officials join us at Minnesota Farm Bureau’s 99th Annual Meeting,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “Farm Bureau members appreciate the opportunity to connect with them by sharing our stories on the issues that are affecting Minnesota farmers and discussing how we can continue to effectively work together.”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports Hunger Initiatives in Minnesota

Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota gathered this weekend for the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting held November 16-18 in Bloomington. During the meeting, attendees conducted a service project for Allan Law and the Love One Another program with 35 volunteers making over 1,000 sandwiches. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation also donated $4,000. The funds were raised during the Promotion and Education and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committees' MFBF Leadership Conference this past January.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Farm Bureau Members Share Bloomington About Farming in Elementary School

Farm Bureau members attending the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting participated in an Agriculture in the Classroom activity at Poplar Elementary in Bloomington on November 17. The MFBF Promotion and Education Committee in conjunction with the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and county Farm Bureau leaders throughout Minnesota worked with over 300 kindergarten, second, third and fifth graders.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dado Wins Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted the 13th annual Minnesota Collegiate Discussion Meet. The competition was held Saturday, November 18 as part of the 99th MFBF Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. This year’s winner was Trent Dado of Amery, Wisconsin attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities studying animal science. The runner-up was A.J. Quade from Westbrook in Cottonwood County attending Ridgewater College studying agribusiness with a crops emphasis.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Announces YF&R Contest Winners

Young farmers in Blue Earth County and Winona County captured top honors in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) competitions. Megan Roberts of Madelia in Blue Earth County took home first in the Discussion Meet contest, and Glen and Melinda Groth of Winona County won the Achievement Award contest. The competitions were held during the MFBF 99th Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree in Bloomington. The meeting concluded today, November 18.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Honors Agricultural Leaders at 99th Annual Meeting

Recognizing people who have given of their time and talents to agriculture was the focus of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Awards Banquet held Friday, November 17, during the 99th Annual Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington. The awards banquet included both individual and county honors in a variety of categories.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Farm Bureau Voting Delegates Re-elect Paap President

County voting delegates at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) 99th Annual Meeting re-elected Kevin Paap to a two-year term as President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. The election was held November 17 during the delegate session in Bloomington.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Meetings Scheduled on Estate, Farm Succession and Retirement Success

Does estate, farm succession and retirement planning weight heavy on your mind? Learn more at the following free, informative workshops. As a Farm Bureau member, there is no cost and are no-obligation events. All seminars start with registration at 11:15 a.m. with a complimentary lunch provided during the presentation. Farm Bureau Financial Services Regional Financial Consultant Chad Lea and Robert Kellermeier - Attorney at Law will explain the customized reports and how concepts apply to your situation. “My passion for my work comes from personal experiences with my family,” said Lea. “We strive to create relationships to earn the trust of the families. Because, we value the families we work with.”

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Widmer Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at South Central College in Mankato. The competition was held Monday, November 6. This year’s regional winner was Mitch Widmer of Le Sueur County son of Jerry and Julie Widmer studying agribusiness service and management. The runner-up of the regional contest was Sam Schmidt of Scott County son of Dale Schmidt and Gail Gagnon studying agricultural education. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors a $200 scholarship for the winner and a $100 scholarship for the runner-up for each regional Collegiate Discussion Meet.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Johnson Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at the University of Minnesota in Crookston. The competition was held Tuesday, October 17. This year’s regional winner was Anna Johnson of Sebeka also studying agricultural education. The runner-up of the regional contest was Savannah Zippel of LeSueur, studying agricultural education. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors a $200 scholarship for the winner and a $100 scholarship for the runner-up for each regional Collegiate Discussion Meet.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dado Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. The competition was held on October 11. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors a $200 scholarship for the winner and a $100 scholarship for the runner-up for each regional Collegiate Discussion Meet. This year’s regional winner was Trent Dado from Amery, Wisconsin. He is a junior studying animal science. The runner-up of the regional contest was Daniel Hayes from Lafayette. He is a junior studying ag communications and marketing.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Birk to address Farm Bureau members at 99th Annual Meeting

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting will be November 16-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington. The meeting will include policy development, sessions on agricultural issues, Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) contests, and award banquets. Keynote Speaker: Matt Birk Matt Birk is a former football center who played college football at Harvard. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Birk is a two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl selection. He retired in 2013 after winning the Super Bowl as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Cash Calendar Raffle Winners Announced

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation announced the Cash Calendar Raffle winners following the drawing held on September 15 at the Minnesota Farm Bureau office in Eagan.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Achieves Membership Growth

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has achieved a membership growth for 2017 which marks seven consecutive years of membership growth for the organization. This is a significant accomplishment in this difficult economic climate. By working together, Farm Bureau volunteers and staff; and Farm Bureau Financial Services staff and agents were able to achieve this goal.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Farm Bureau Salutes 4-H

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) salutes 4-H during National 4-H Week, October 1-7. This week is a great reminder of the many reasons why Farm Bureau maintains such strong support for the 4-H program

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Communicate our Commitment

There is no better place for agriculture to communicate our commitment to consumers than the Minnesota State Fair. From the coronation of Princess Kay to the outstanding 4-H and FFA members’ projects, the Minnesota State Fair is how we put the face on agriculture. Farm Bureau members who invest their time at the fair clearly understand that the future of Minnesota agriculture is in good hands. However, as Farm Bureau members we must remember that even when fair season is over, our conversations must continue. Our mission “to be an advocate for agriculture driven by the beliefs and policies of our members” is not a 12-day mission. As members, we must work hard 365 days a year to communicate our commitment and connect with consumers about who we are, and how we raise the food they eat.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Farming on a Budget

Most people dislike the word “budget,” but really it gives you permission to spend. A budget doesn’t have to be restrictive, rather a tool that tells your income where it goes. For young farmers operating on a budget is essential. Here are three tips to implement budgeting.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nelson Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall. The competition was held Thursday, September 21. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors a $200 scholarship for the winner and a $100 scholarship for the runner-up for each regional Collegiate Discussion Meet. This year’s regional winner was Asa Nelson from Tracy in Lyon County who is a majoring in agriculture. The runner-up of the regional contest was Amanda Stafford from Columbus in Anoka County. She is studying agricultural education.

Friday, September 15, 2017

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.