Farm Bureau News

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau holds Meetings on the Opioid Epidemic

On Tuesday, October 9, the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation held a meeting for leaders in the southeastern counties of the state to discuss the opioid crisis. During the meeting, attendees shared resources, heard legislative updates and had a roundtable discussion on this crisis in rural America. As farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation’s opioid epidemic, the nation’s two largest general farm organizations, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union, created a campaign to bring attention to the struggles in farm country and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the opioid epidemic. This campaign is called Farm Town Strong. Learn more and find resources to address this issue at FarmTownStrong.org.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports Year-Round E-15 Proposal

“Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds President Trump’s announcement that will allow for year-round sales of E15. The President’s support for homegrown fuel is good news for Minnesota agriculture and the environment,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “Our farmers have played a major role in helping our nation to become more energy independent and less dependent on foreign oil, and this is a step in the right direction. MFBF will continue to be engaged during the rulemaking process to have this in place by next summer.”

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Farm Bureau Salutes 4-H

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) salutes 4-H during National 4-H Week, October 7-13. This week is a great reminder of the many reasons why Farm Bureau maintains such strong support for the 4-H program.   Farm Bureau invests in 4-H throughout the year because it recognizes that rural youth benefit from participation in this organization. 4-H is a program that develops leaders who will contribute back to their communities and invest in our future.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Statement on U.S. – Mexico – Canada Trade Agreement

The following statement may be attributed to Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap regarding the announcement of the new United States – Mexico – Canada (USMCA) trade agreement.   “U.S. farmers needed some good news on trade, and a new agreement with the United States, Mexico and Canada to benefit American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses is very good news,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “This agreement locks in the market opportunities previously developed with our North American neighbors and builds on those trade relationships in a number of key areas such as dairy, wheat, biotechnology and transparency.”

Monday, October 1, 2018

Farm Bill Expired Over the Weekend

The 2014 farm bill expired on Sunday, September 30.   There are 39 programs that lost authorization and/or funding when the current bill expired. Other programs will continue due to permanent authorization, including most programs under Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and crop insurance. Other commodity programs are tied to the crop year, not the fiscal year, which means most commodity programs will not see any impact for a few more months. Dairy’s Margin Protection Program is set to end on December 31, 2018, and would be the first commodity to revert to permanent law. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will continue to operate and honor current contracts, but are not able to enter new agreements.  

Friday, September 28, 2018

Agriculture Transportation Handbook Now Available

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation in partnership with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Inspectors has reprinted the Agriculture Transportation Handbook with state and federal statutes, rules and exemptions for transporting agricultural goods on highways. This is a valuable resource for farmers this harvest season.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Attend the Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting will be November 15-17 at the DoubleTree By Hilton in Bloomington. The meeting will have a variety of sessions on agricultural issues, leadership development, the Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) contests and award banquets.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Farm Bureau Members Travel to Washington, D.C.

Twenty-two 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 11-14.   Participants met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith; members of Congress Collin Peterson, Tom Emmer, Betty McCollum and Jason Lewis; and staff members from the offices of Collin Peterson, Tom Emmer, Betty McCollum, Jason Lewis, Erik Paulsen, Rick Nolan and Tim Walz.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

President's Voice - 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. It is where food connects us to consumers.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Tough Choices

This past February, our family had to make the decision we hoped we would never have to make. We sold our 50 milk cows and our bred heifers. Even though it was a very difficult decision, we knew we were not alone. Many families are having to make that same decision. The milk checks simply don’t cover the bills. Decisions like these are taking a huge toll on the farmer’s mental health.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Sharing Your Passion with Others

So my favorite time of year just wrapped up…the Minnesota State Fair. I truly can’t explain the excitement I feel about the Minnesota State Fair. Of course, I enjoy eating all the tasty food, seeing all the neat stuff and listening to music around the grounds. Although the real joy for me is sharing my story with others and engaging in conversations about agriculture with consumers.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Minn Farm Bureau PAC and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation PAC Announce Candidate Endorsements

The Minn Farm Bureau (state) Political Action Committee (MFB PAC) recently announced candidate endorsements in state political races. Additionally, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (federal) Political Action Committee (MFBF PAC) announced candidate endorsements in federal political races. Endorsement decisions are based upon candidate interviews and support for Farm Bureau policy. The PAC Committee is comprised of county Farm Bureau members from across the state.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Meet a Farmer at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Building at the State Fair

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) continues their Minnesota State Fair tradition with the Minnesota Farmers CARE theme. Since more than half of Minnesotans have never met a farmer, MFBF created an opportunity for consumers to ask farmers questions at the fair. Minnesota farmers will be volunteering all 12 days of the state fair, August 23-September 3, at the MFBF building where fairgoers will be able to meet farmers who are raising and growing their food.

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.