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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports 2018 Farm Bill

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) strongly supports the 2018 Farm Bill and was pleased to see it pass through Congress with strong bipartisan support. It will now move to the President’s desk for his approval. “The 2018 Farm Bill will provide a safety net for Minnesota farmers and ranchers over the next five years by providing comprehensive provisions that support production agriculture, including measures related to risk management, crop insurance and programs that facilitate market development,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “During times of financial and emotional stress, farmers and ranchers need the tools provided through the farm bill that will help to weather this storm.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports 2018 Farm Bill

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) strongly supports the 2018 Farm Bill and was pleased to see it pass through Congress with strong bipartisan support. It will now move to the President’s desk for his approval. “The 2018 Farm Bill will provide a safety net for Minnesota farmers and ranchers over the next five years by providing comprehensive provisions that support production agriculture, including measures related to risk management, crop insurance and programs that facilitate market development,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “During times of financial and emotional stress, farmers and ranchers need the tools provided through the farm bill that will help to weather this storm.”

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

President's Voice - Working Together Works

Farm Bureau members in Minnesota understand how working together works. We are familiar with the acronym TEAM - Together Everyone Accomplishes More or Together Everyone Achieves More. You may have seen me reference my favorite wrestling team quote – “The strength of the team is found in each individual, the strength of each individual is found in the team.” No matter how you say it, working together works.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Strive to Invite

As I look back and reflect on the last year it has been a busy one for members of the Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. Whether it has been helping at Farmfest or State Fair, attending conferences or doing our part for membership, I am proud to say that our committee has been very active and have accomplished a lot.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

EMS Shortages in Rural Minnesota

Living in rural America is amazing, being out of the “big city” the peacefulness and the quiet that a summer night can bring. All of the sudden you hear sirens in the distance, and you think to yourself that someone’s life has been altered in some way.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Thinking Outside of the Box

This year, the Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee strived to think outside the box and do a few things differently than we have done before. After setting goals at the beginning of the year, we set out to achieve them in our districts and the state. There are a variety of ways to make a difference. Figure out what works for you and dig in.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Make Things Right

Just a few weeks ago I was sitting in my family room enjoying a conversation with my mom, when I heard a loud truck on the gravel road outside my house. I watched them pull out of my driveway and proceed to drive with no caution to the wind down the road. I couldn’t believe my eyes, when they pulled into the soybean field.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Raises Funds at Auction

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation Auction was held on November 16 at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Meeting. The auction raised over $15,000 because of the generosity of county Farm Bureaus, organizations and individuals who donated, bid on and purchased items. Of this, over $3,000 will go towards continuing the matching grant program for hunger relief programs across the state of Minnesota.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Outlines Focus Areas for 2019

Voting delegates at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) 100th Annual Meeting adopted policy positions for 2019. Based on these actions, the MFBF Board of Directors have provided focus for the organization on public policy, image and leadership including financial and emotional challenges, rural communities, healthcare, taxes, trade, transportation and food. Farm Bureau will engage in early, meaningful, and ongoing involvement with the new administration and elected officials to ensure that agriculture has a seat at the table.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Elected Officials Address Farm Bureau Members

Farm Bureau members from Minnesota appreciated hearing from and visiting with elected officials at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting November 15-17. United States Senator Tina Smith; Representatives Collin Peterson and Tom Emmer; and Representative-Elects Jim Hagedorn and Dean Phillips attended the meeting.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports Hunger Initiatives in Minnesota

Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota gathered this weekend for the 100th Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting held November 15-17 in Bloomington. During the meeting, attendees conducted a service project for VEAP with over 40 volunteers packing 500 bags of food to be placed in backpacks as part of MFBF’s hunger and food awareness initiative. Thank you to the co-sponsors of this project: Hormel Foods, Seneca, Riviana, Post and Pine Tree Apple Orchard.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Farm Bureau Members Share About Farming in Bloomington Elementary School

Farm Bureau members attending the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting participated in an Agriculture in the Classroom activity at Normandale Hills Elementary in Bloomington on November 16. 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 125 students in second, third and fourth graders.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Annexstad Wins Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted the 14th annual Minnesota Collegiate Discussion Meet. The competition was held Saturday, November 17 as part of the 100th MFBF Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. This year’s winner was Emily Annexstad of St. Peter in Nicollet County attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities studying animal science and agricultural communications and marketing. The runner-up was Amber Johnson of Sebeka in Wadena County attending the University of Minnesota – Crookston studying agricultural communications.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Announces YF&R Contest Winners

Young farmers in Stearns and Goodhue Counties captured top honors in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) competitions. Katie Winslow of St. Cloud in Stearns County, former board member in Goodhue County, took home first place in the Discussion Meet, and Katie and Ted Brenny of Mazeppa in Goodhue County won the Excellence in Agriculture contest. The competitions were held during the MFBF 100th Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree in Bloomington. The meeting concluded today, November 17.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Honors Agricultural Leaders at 100th 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 16, during the 100th Annual Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington. The awards banquet included both individual and county honors in a variety of categories.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Farm Bureau Voting Delegates Re-elect Glessing Vice President

County voting delegates at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) 100th Annual Meeting re-elected Dan Glessing to a two-year term as vice president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. The election was held November 16 during the delegate session in Bloomington. This will be his third term. Glessing and his wife, Seena, farm in partnership with his family near Waverly in Wright County. They have dairy cattle and grow alfalfa, corn and soybeans. Dan and Seena have three sons and one daughter.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Elections Update

Last week, Minnesotans voted decisively to elect new representation in Minnesota. Election participation was nearly 63 percent, the highest turnout in a midterm election since 2002 and early voting numbers were at record levels with more than half a million ballots cast prior to the November 6 election.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Honer Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at Ridgewater College in Willmar on November 7. 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 Donna Honer from St. Cloud majoring in farm operations and management. The runner-up was Jack Jorgenson from Westbrook majoring in farm operations and management.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Thurston 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 on November 5. 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 Darrin Thurston of Madelia who is studying agribusiness. The runner-up was Andrew Klein of Elgin who is studying agricultural production.

Monday, October 22, 2018

MFBF President Hosts First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap recently hosted Miguel Fraga, First Secretary at the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C. on his family’s farm near Vernon Center. “Trade is all about relationships,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “There is a lot of history between our two countries, but now is the time to look towards the future. As neighbors, it makes a lot of sense to sit down and continue to build that relationship in order to make progress towards normalized trade relations between the United States and Cuba.”