Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Blog Archive

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Take the Leadership Step

As we all know agriculture has been challenging, but having strong leaders on the local, state and national levels can make a world of difference. Being a good leader isn’t always about being the best, but more importantly making everyone else around you better. I have always strived to be that type of leader. I encourage you to reflect on what characteristics you feel make a good leader. Then seek out opportunities to develop those skills. I guarantee our rural communities need you and others to be strong advocates to share our story.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ag in the Classroom

Last month at the annual meeting, I had the opportunity to go with the group of Farm Bureau members to do agriculture in the classroom at a local elementary school in Bloomington. I was a little hesitant to go simply because I teach every day, and I wasn’t sure I would like teaching something completely different. This experience was the highlight of my annual meeting. It was so fun to see the kids learn all sorts of new things and make all kinds of connections with agriculture to the world they live in.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Preparing the Next Generation

In a society where more and more families are finding themselves living off of the farm we “aggies” often find ourselves thinking about what agriculture will be like in the future or rather who will be the faces of agriculture.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Take the Challenge

As I reflect on the year one word comes to mind, challenge. I would say the two biggest challenges that most farmers acknowledge are low commodity prices and weather. This year, it seems that we dealt with both. As always, we push on and make things work. No matter what challenge we are dealt, we can usually find a way to push through and get things done. It’s part of farming – we take challenges and make the best out of them.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Set Money Goals Not Resolutions

A new year inspires us to set resolutions to spend less, save more and be healthier. But research indicates only 8 percent of resolutions are actually achieved.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports Hunger Initiatives in Minnesota

Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota gathered this weekend for the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting held November 16-18 in Bloomington. During the meeting, attendees conducted a service project for Allan Law and the Love One Another program with 35 volunteers making over 1,000 sandwiches. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation also donated $4,000. The funds were raised during the Promotion and Education and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committees' MFBF Leadership Conference this past January.