Communicate our Commitment

There is no better place for agriculture to communicate our commitment to consumers than the Minnesota State Fair. From the coronation of Princess Kay to the outstanding 4-H and FFA members’ projects, the Minnesota State Fair is how we put the face on agriculture.

Farm Bureau members who invest their time at the fair clearly understand that the future of Minnesota agriculture is in good hands. However, as Farm Bureau members we must remember that even when fair season is over, our conversations must continue. Our mission “to be an advocate for agriculture driven by the beliefs and policies of our members” is not a 12-day mission. As members, we must work hard 365 days a year to communicate our commitment and connect with consumers about who we are, and how we raise the food they eat. 

Princess Kay
Listening to the 12 finalists for the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way and hearing their enthusiasm for dairy products and agriculture is one example of how to communicate our positive message to consumers. Every one of these young women use their communication skills and dairy knowledge to help increase the demand for dairy products, and we thank them for their time and talents. We look forward to Princess Kay spending the next year participating in public appearances, promotional events and media interviews as the face of the Minnesota dairy farm families.

4-H and FFA members
Congratulations to every 4-H and FFA member, their parents and their advisors that represent agriculture at the state fair! These young people are our future. They rose to the challenge to professionally represent themselves and their communities. Minnesota Farm Bureau along with many others participate in the 4-H Club Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction. This event demonstrates the improvements made by livestock farmers and ranchers to meet current consumer demands for leanness, meatiness, taste and nutrition as well as demonstrates the very best in animal care. A special thank you to the Minnesota Livestock Breeders’ Association, an overall organization consisting of 20 principal, state-wide, purebred livestock breed organizations of all species of livestock for sponsoring the event.

Speak for Yourself
We must communicate our commitment with groups and organizations outside of agriculture. That is why we have an advocacy program called Speak for Yourself. No one can tell the story of ethical farming better than farmers ourselves, if you are a grain or livestock farmer, you are feeding and fueling the economy. Your family, your animals and your land mean everything to you. You care about your community and our environment. You have a great story to tell and lots of people want to hear it.  If you are a Farm Bureau member and a part of an organization or group that would like to better understand farming visit speakforyourselfmn@gmail.com or call 612-756-3226. If farmers and ranchers don’t speak for ourselves, others will, and their message is not what people need to hear. Please communicate your commitment by telling your farm story.

Your commitment
We need your help, as a Farm Bureau member to build and maintain the trust of our customers and the public in our products and practices. Stop by and/or volunteer at our booth at the Minnesota State Fair to see our commitment to sharing our story with consumers.

We must do a better job to communicate our commitment to produce healthy, safe food, to protect animal well-being, to safeguard our natural resources and to contribute to a better quality of life in our communities.

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