The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting will be November 20-22 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. The conference will have a variety of sessions on agricultural issues, leadership development and the Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) contests and award banquets.
Keynote Speaker: Mike Max
Mike Max, WCCO-TV sports reporter and anchor, will be the keynote speaker at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Luncheon on Saturday, November 22, beginning at noon.
He hosts "Sports To The Max" every weeknight from 7-9 p.m. on WCCO Radio and also reports for WCCO-TV. Prior to hosting the radio show, Mike hosted Sports Connection on the Midwest Sports Channel.
Mike started his career as an intern at WCCO-TV. He was hired as a sports producers and soon began reporting for WCCO-TV and became an anchor in 2005.
He grew up in Gaylord and played football, basketball and baseball. Mike attended Hamline University and furthered his talents on the court and on the diamond, playing basketball and baseball for the Pipers.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife, daughter and son.
The voting delegate session will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 21. There will be a social hour with elected officials beginning at 4 p.m. The awards banquet, President's address and Foundation auction will also be held on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Also on Friday, from 8 a.m. until noon, attendees can participate in a service project at Second Harvest Heartland. From 1:30-3:30 p.m., there will be a creative Lab Make & Take where participants can make floral arrangements and jewelry for the holiday season. The cost will be $25 to cover supplies. Pre-registration is required for both of these activities.
On Saturday, November 22, members can attend educational sessions and the Discussion Meet competition. The noon luncheon will include the finals of the YF&R Discussion Meet and the announcement of the YF&R award winners.
The conference will conclude on Saturday with the grand prize drawing - a non-transferrable air and hotel expense paid trip for one paid Farm Bureau member to the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, January 9-13, 2015.
Speakers and Panels
On Saturday, November 22 at 8:30 a.m., participants can choose between one of two general breakout sessions.
- In Working with State Agencies, a panel of experts and state agency representatives will discuss how to get involved in creating workable solutions and strategies for unwanted and duplicative regulations.
- In Farm Bureau Succession Planning, hear from Farm Bureau Financial Services Attorney Jim McCarthy on how to start the conversation and plan for the future.
At 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, a panel will discuss the 2014 election results and forecast the upcoming Minnesota legislative and federal Congressional sessions.
On Saturday at 11 a.m., there will again be two session for participants to choose from.
- Dr. Brian Buhr, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota will present a General Farm Economic Update.
- There will also be industry leaders available to discuss the Food Panel: Labeling & Safety.
The always anticipated semifinals and final rounds of the YF&R Discussion Meet and the final Achievement Award interviews and Excellence in Agriculture presentations will be held throughout the day on Saturday, November 22. The Final Four Discussion Meet will be held during the noon luncheon.
Banquets and Other Highlights
Many distinguished Farm Bureau members will be recognized at the Friday, November 21, banquet including: Awards of Excellence, Honorary Life Awards, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award and the MFB Foundation Awards. The Friday awards banquet will also feature MFBF President Kevin Paap’s address and the MFB Foundation fundraising auction.
For registration information, contact your county Farm Bureau or Lori Wiegand at 651-768-2102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms and online registration information can be found at fbmn.org. Pre-registration is required by October 31. Register at the conference after October 31. After October 31, an additional $5 will be charged per meal.
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.