Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap together with American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Executive Vice President Julie Anna Potts welcomed Farmfest attendees Wednesday to the free pancake breakfast. Farm Bureau served over 1,000 people in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center. In addition, the Minnesota FFA officer team provided greetings to the crowd, and the Redwood County 4-H Purple Ribbon Booster Club assisted with serving this morning’s breakfast.
As part of Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest, Amber Glaeser, MFBF Public Policy director, was on the “Minnesota Water Resources…Public Concern and Landowner Implications” panel. Glaeser shared that water quality and quantity are a Focus Area of MFBF. She discussed Farm Bureau’s efforts around replacing the Waters of the U.S. rule, discussed the nitrogen management rule and shared information around the good conservation efforts that farmers are already doing.
On Monday, MFBF President Kevin Paap was on the agricultural leader panel asking questions to the “U.S. Senate Candidate’s Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues.” President Paap’s questions focused on trade, affordable and available health care, and financial and emotional stress in agriculture.
MFBF is working with Farmers for Free Trade and collecting signatures on a banner to voice support for trade. Farm Bureau believes a healthy trade economy is imperative to Minnesota farmers and ranchers. Make your voices heard by participating in this campaign. Stop by and sign the banner while at Farmfest.
Farm Town Strong Campaign
Free medicine disposal kits are being distributed at the MFBF booth. These medicine deactivation kits were provided through a grant to the MFB Foundation received by the Addiction Policy Leadership Action Network (APLAN), which is a partnership between the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Addiction Policy Forum (APF) and other groups working to combat the opioid epidemic.
The pouches are meant to provide an easy and effective way for rural residents to deactivate and dispose of unused prescriptions at home before they can be diverted to abuse. Resources to address the opioid epidemic can be found at farmtownstrong.com.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation and the Lyon County Farm Bureau are serving pork chops on a stick throughout the duration of the show on the north central side at the end of Sixth Street. This fundraiser raises funds for agriculture and safety education, agricultural leadership development and agricultural research programs.
Agriculture Scavenger Hunt
The Agriculture Scavenger Hunt offers hands on education for children and their families on agriculture. To take part stop by the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) booth (#007) at the North end of the show grounds to receive directions on how to participate while at Farmfest. When completed, stop back at the MFB booth for a prize.
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Farm Bureau Financial Services (FBFS) Regional Financial Consultant Chad Lea presented a Farm Succession Planning Session on Tuesday. For more information contact your local FBFS agent.
Attendees to the FBFS tent can learn more about the advantages of having an on-site SuperCheck® and talk to an agent about our new Replacement Cost coverage for farm machinery. Register for a chance to win a 4-Wheeler and grab a bag of popcorn.
To learn more about Farmfest, visit ideaggroup.com/farmfest or call 800-827-8007. Farmfest, located on the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, is the largest farm show in Minnesota and is produced by IDEAg Group LLC, a division of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation is among the nearly 500 companies displaying at this year’s Farmfest which runs through August 3 at the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Minnesota. The event is produced by IDEAg, a division of American Farm Bureau Federation.
Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.