Farm Bureau News

 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Proposed Nitrogen Rule Comments Submitted

Minnesota Farm Bureau submitted formal comments regarding the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's (MDA) proposed Groundwater Protection Rule. The rule as proposed would restrict the fall application of nitrogen fertilizer and subject farmers to blanket regulations to address water quality concerns across the state.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Continues Tradition at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) State Fair exhibit continues the tradition with the Minnesota Farmers CARE theme. MFBF believes it is important to understand how your food is grown and where it comes from. Our display this year is focused on food labeling and helping answer the tough questions that involve food. MFBF has created an opportunity where Minnesota farmers will be volunteering all 12 days of the State Fair at the MFBF building where fairgoers can meet farmers who are raising and growing their food and ask them questions.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Farm Bureau Day Celebrated at Farmfest

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.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Join Farm Bureau at Farmfest

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) will be among the nearly 500 companies displaying on over 50 acres of land at the 2018 Farmfest. Farmfest takes place August 7-9 at the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Minnesota. Farm Bureau Day – August 8 Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest will be Wednesday, August 8. MFBF will be serving a free pancake breakfast to the first 1,000 people from 8-10 a.m. in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Holds Golf Fundraiser

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation held their annual Golf Scramble on June 26 at River Oaks Golf Course near Cottage Grove. Over 70 golfers were among 19 teams to compete I n the event, and over $11,000 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 was Keith Helmbacher, Lance Meyer, Greg Dorenkamp and Brian McSherry who were sponsored by O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl P.A.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Statement on Trade Assistance Package

“The $12 billion package of agricultural assistance announced today by the administration will provide temporary financial relief for farmers and ranchers who are experiencing the financial impacts of the trade war,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “We are awaiting the assistance package details that USDA Secretary Perdue and all of USDA have been working diligently on. The acknowledgement by the administration that the current trade war is exerting significant financial pressure on our farmers and ranchers is reassuring.”

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau President Testifies on the Importance of Trade - Resources

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade during their hearing on “The Effects of Tariffs on U.S. Agriculture and Rural Communities.” The hearing addressed the effects on American agriculture and rural communities of both U.S. tariffs and retaliation imposed by other countries against U.S. exports. Here are resources from the testimony.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau President Testifies on the Importance of Trade

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap testified today before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade during their hearing on “The Effects of Tariffs on U.S. Agriculture and Rural Communities.” The hearing addressed the effects on American agriculture and rural communities of both U.S. tariffs and retaliation imposed by other countries against U.S. exports.

Monday, July 9, 2018

President's Voice - Advocating for Issues Important to You

Many times when I’m at our local café, I get asked “What is my Farm Bureau dues doing for me today?” That is always a great question to answer, because your Farm Bureau is always doing something at the local, state, national or international level. I would like to highlight “a few” things on the national level.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Helping one Veteran at a Time

There are roughly 20 million veterans of the United States armed forces, representing slightly more than 6 percent of the U.S. population. Nearly 24 percent of these military veterans return home to rural America in an effort to find some semblance of peace and a feasible career.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Farmers’ Markets Open Conversations

Finally, its summertime! As the weather SLOWLY changed from winter to spring this year, and it felt like summer would never surface. Patience has paid off. The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer and everything is starting to green up. What does this mean? Your local farmers markets will be popping up in your communities. As consumers and farmers, we need to support these events. We as consumers benefit by receiving access to fresh, locally produced foods and goods by supporting your local economy and farmers.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Statement on U.S. Senate Passage of Farm Bill

“Minnesota Farm Bureau was pleased to see the United States Senate pass their version of the 2018 Farm Bill with strong bipartisan support. The support from Senator Klobuchar and Senator Smith, along with Senators on both sides of the aisle shows that working together works,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “We have serious economic challenges facing farmers, farm income levels have slumped to decade lows, and Minnesota Farm Bureau is proud to support a bill that will continue to provide the risk management tools that America’s farmers need more than ever before.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Third Annual Sporting Clay Fundraiser

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation held its third annual Sporting Clays Tournament on June 7 at Wild Marsh Sporting Clays in Clear Lake. There were 10 teams participating. The event raised nearly $3,000. Proceeds will be used for programs focused on agricultural education, safety education and leadership development.

Monday, June 4, 2018

View from 2018 World Meat Congress

I wanted to share a few thoughts with you after taking part in the World Meat Congress along with more than 700 attendees from 48 different countries. The World Meat Congress is hosted by the International Meat Secretariat and U.S. Meat Export Federation and is an opportunity to engage with leaders from state Farm Bureaus, commodity groups, checkoff councils, government officials from the United States and around the world, exporters and most importantly, over 130 of our international customers.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

State Fair and Farm Bureau Salute Minnesota Family Farms: 131 Century Farms Honored in 2018

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 131 Minnesota farms as 2018 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 Governor Mark Dayton. Since the program began in 1976, more than 10,000 Minnesota farms have been recognized as Century Farms.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Recognizes Sesquicentennial Farms

The Minnesota Farm Bureau is pleased to recognize 37 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2018. 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.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Statement on Additional Governor’s Vetoes

“Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) is extremely disappointed by the Governor’s vetoes of the tax bill and the supplemental funding bill in addition to the agriculture policy bill,” said MFB President Kevin Paap. “In a time when agriculture needs to find hope in moving forward, the Governor’s actions resulted in many missed opportunities not just for farmers and ranchers but for all Minnesotans.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Publishes Farm Fresh Directory

Minnesota Farm Bureau recently unveiled their annual spring direct marketer listing “Farm Fresh.” The listing is a great tool for consumers to purchase products right off the farm. The direct marketer publication also lists a number of farmers who provide wholesome entertainment for families such as apple orchards, fall festivals or Christmas tree farms.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wulf Wins MFBF Promotion & Education Committee Bulletin Board Contest

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee recently announced this year’s Bulletin Board Contest winner Jill Wulf of Trinity Lutheran School in Janesville. “The Bulletin Board Contest is a great way for students to learn more about farming and ranching. We have very creative teachers who work to engage their students in learning by using unique and interesting visual methods. The Bulletin Board Contest is one of those ways,” said Ruth Meirick, Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation director.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

State Legislative Update

Governor Dayton has not yet acted on many of the bills Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is watching after they were passed by the state legislature. When a bill is passed during the last three days of session in an even-numbered year (the second year of the biennium) the governor has a longer time to act on it. He/she must sign and deposit it with the Secretary of State within 14 days of 'sine die' adjournment, or the bill will not become law. Inaction by the governor results in a "pocket veto," and the governor is not required to provide a reason for the veto. He can only line item veto appropriation items in appropriation bills.