Care, Commitment and Thanks

By Kevin Paap
MFBF President

After having the coldest December day in the last 20 years, I think that we can all agree that our Minnesota winter has arrived! Sleet, snow, wind and cold temperatures affect everyone’s travel, but it also has an impact on our farms and ranches.

Caring for our Animals

Ethical animal care is always a priority for Minnesota farmers and ranchers, but many Minnesota consumers do not realize the extra effort and care it takes during electrical outages, closed roads, wide temperature changes, blizzards or record low temperatures to keep our animals safe, healthy and disease-free. A special thank you to those who care for the animals this time of year.

Resolution Process

As your state president, I have the opportunity to serve on the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Resolutions Committee. To some our process may seem to take a long time from last summer’s county annual meetings. But we are truly a grassroots organization that is committed to honoring the democratic process at the county, state and national level. Remember it takes time to develop sound, solid Farm Bureau policy.

Thank You

Farm Bureau members sincerely thank those in the military and their families for the sacrifice they make to protect our freedom. I am confident every member knows that freedom is not free, it is paid for by the blood of our service men and women. Please make and take the time this holiday season to thank those men and women and their families for fighting for this great country and keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Julie and I wish each and every one of you a safe and blessed holiday season. Merry Christmas!