Farming Today (Speak for Yourself)

Farmers have a great story to tell, and many people want to hear it. Minnesota Farm Bureau and partners help farmers put their story into words and pictures through the Speak for Yourself Program.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Farming Today (Speak for Yourself) program is made possible by generous partnership with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota Beef Council, Cargill, CHS and Minnesota's Farm Credit organizations including AgStar Financial Services, United FCS, AgCountry and AgriBank.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato's "We Have Ag!" Colloquium Series

Farm Bureau members from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation’s Farming Today program participated in Minnesota State University – Mankato’s “We Have Ag!” colloquium series. The series is intended to highlight the University’s academics, research and industry connections in agriculture, food and natural resources. The panel discussions featuring our Farming Today speakers are found on demand at the below links.


“It’s All About Choice: Comparing the Merits of Organic & Conventional Farming”


“Water Quality in Minnesota: What Are the Effects of Buffer Strips & Nitrate Testing?”


Requesting a Speaker for your Meeting or Event

Our speakers are trained for a wide variety of audiences, including service organizations, high schools, moms and MOPS groups, businesses and more. The farmers will speak for 15 minutes (unless otherwise requested) about their farm and how they care for their animals and the environment. Specific requests can be handled on a case by case basis. Farmers represent all commodities and geographies of Minnesota.

To schedule a farmer to speak to your group or organization, click here or contact Barbara Dodson at Eidson & Partners, or 800-711-0747 extension 222.
Contact Marytina Lawrence, Speak for Yourself coordinator, at or 763-273-6981 for more information about this program.
Watch this video to learn why this farmer participates in the Farming Today (Speak for Yourself) program.