Over 200 Farm Bureau members from across the state attended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Leadership Conference, January 24-25, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.
The MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee presented two new awards at this year’s conference. The Golden Pitch Fork Award was presented to someone who is not afraid of hard work and heavy lifting. This year’s recipient of the Golden Pitchfork Award went to Dan and Seena Glessing Wright County Farm Bureau members; past MFBF YF&R Committee members and chair; and past AFBF YF&R Committee members. The committee stated that the Glessings are always willing to help out, answer questions and provide guidance.
The Outstanding Friend of YF&R is presented to someone who has gone above the call of duty to assist and lead YF&R into the future. This year’s recipient was Amanda Revier – MFBF southwest area program director. Amanda was recognized for her work with the state committee and for her efforts to go above the call of duty to assist and lead the future of the YF&R.
Discussion meet contestants also competed in the preliminary rounds of the competition while at the conference. Contestants are judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving.
Eight semi-finalists were selected and will compete in the final rounds of competition at the MFBF Annual Meeting in November. The eight semi-finalists are: Jake Hein in Becker County, Sara Hewitt in LeSueur County, Brad Lanoue in Blue Earth County, Joel Mathiowetz in Redwood County, Loren Molenaar in Kandiyohi County, Brian Randolph in Dakota County, Carl Sackreiter in Winona County and Joe Sullivan in Renville County.
Minnesota Farm Bureau representing Farmers • Families • Food is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.