Limited Opening of County Farm Service Agency Offices

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17; Friday, January 18, and Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal holiday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 21. Read More

Paap Re-elected to American Farm Bureau Board

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap was reelected to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Board of Directors to serve a two-year term by the voting delegates at the AFBF 100th Annual Meeting voting delegate session in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will be Paap’s eighth year on the board of directors. Paap serves on the 34-member AFBF board, which includes 30 state Farm Bureau presidents along with the Women’s Leadership Committee Chair, Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair, Vice President VanderWal and President Duvall. Read More

Goodhue County Farm Bureau Members Finish in Top Ten in National Competition

Katie and Ted Brenny from Goodhue County finished in the Top 10 in the Excellence in Agriculture contest at the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 100th Annual Meeting. The contest was held during the AFBF Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana January 11-16. Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Earns American Farm Bureau Recognition

During the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 100th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and Farm Bureau members from Minnesota earned national recognition. MFBF President Kevin Paap accepted the awards on January 13. Read More

Minnesota Farm Bureau Statement on Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Appointment

“We look forward to working with Thom Petersen in his new role as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Farm Bureau has always appreciated his ability to work together to find solutions to help Minnesota’s farmers and ranchers,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “His knowledge of Minnesota agriculture and familiarity of all involved from farmers and ranchers to processors will be helpful.” Read More

President's Voice - What Have We Done For You Lately?

The week of December 8 was a busy week of serving as a voice for Farm Bureau members in Minnesota. Often times I am asked, what has Farm Bureau done for me lately. So, here’s a glimpse of your Farm Bureau membership at work. Read More

Take the Leadership Step

As we all know agriculture has been challenging, but having strong leaders on the local, state and national levels can make a world of difference. Being a good leader isn’t always about being the best, but more importantly making everyone else around you better. I have always strived to be that type of leader. I encourage you to reflect on what characteristics you feel make a good leader. Then seek out opportunities to develop those skills. I guarantee our rural communities need you and others to be strong advocates to share our story. Read More

Take the Leap

I am excited to serve as the incoming state Promotion and Education Committee chair, and I am looking forward to the activities that we as members of Farm Bureau promote. These activities positively impact people at both a local and state level. Read More

Ag in the Classroom

Last month at the annual meeting, I had the opportunity to go with the group of Farm Bureau members to do agriculture in the classroom at a local elementary school in Bloomington. I was a little hesitant to go simply because I teach every day, and I wasn’t sure I would like teaching something completely different. This experience was the highlight of my annual meeting. It was so fun to see the kids learn all sorts of new things and make all kinds of connections with agriculture to the world they live in. Read More

Clean Water Rule

On December 11, 2018, the EPA and Department of the Army signed a proposed rule revising the definition of "waters of the United States" to clarify federal authority under the Clean Water Act in a clear and understandable way. The proposed definition would replace the approach in the 2015 Rule and the pre-2015 regulations. Read More