Minnesota Farmers Celebrate Milestone Speaking Out for Agriculture - Volunteers Give 200 Speeches Through Farming Today Program

Minnesota farmers have a great story to tell and consumers are listening. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation’s community outreach program, Farming Today has reached a key milestone by helping farmers tell their story to 200 civic and professional organizations across the state. Farming Today connects farmers with consumers who want to better understand where their food comes from.


Cokato, Minn., farmer Kevin Dahlman will deliver the 200th Farming Today speech to the Rotary Club of Bloomington, Minn., Nov. 3. Dahlman will address the group at 12:00 p.m. at the Bloomington Hilton located at 3900 American Way W in Bloomington.


“It is rewarding to share my personal story of farming with a wide variety of audiences,” says Kevin Dahlman. “They are all very interested in how their food is grown and raised today. And, it gives me an opportunity to clear up any misconceptions they may have about what farmers are doing today.”


Since 2011, The Farming Today program has reached nearly 189,000 Minnesotans with information about how today’s farming methods ensure, safe and nutritious food. Most consumers today are several generations removed from the farm with little if any knowledge of agriculture. Farming Today gives farmers the opportunity to connect with consumers and share their story of responsible, sustainable farming.


Kevin Dahlman and his wife, Nancy, grow corn and soybeans on their 2,000-acre farm near Cokato that’s been in the family for three generations.


“I am passionate about farming and proud to have passed down the strong tradition of American agriculture to our children,” said Dahlman. “It is vital people know farmers are constantly working to do things better for our animals, the land, our community and the next generation of our family.”


“We believe that consumers appreciate hearing directly from farmers about what they do to raise food,” said Kristin Harner, Minnesota Farm Bureau Public Relations Director. “This 200th speech milestone is a great reward for the commitment our volunteers have made to share their farm and ranch stories and their inborn fondness for raising food, fiber and renewable fuel. We’re already looking at ways to expand the program to more audiences, including mom groups.”


Farming Today volunteers are trained speakers and are located throughout Minnesota. They include farmers who raise row crops, dairy and beef cattle, poultry and pigs.


The Farming Today program is brought to you by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation, in partnership with Minnesota Corn Growers Association and our Farm Credit Partners: AgriBank, AgStar, AgCountry and United FCS.


Minnesota agriculture contributes $75 billion to the state’s economy each year and supports more than 340,000 jobs. Minnesota ranks first in the nation for the production of sugar beets and turkeys, and fifth in total agriculture production.