Farm Bureau News


Monday, October 16, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Cash Calendar Raffle Winners Announced

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation announced the Cash Calendar Raffle winners following the drawing held on September 15 at the Minnesota Farm Bureau office in Eagan.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Achieves Membership Growth

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has achieved a membership growth for 2017 which marks seven consecutive years of membership growth for the organization. This is a significant accomplishment in this difficult economic climate. By working together, Farm Bureau volunteers and staff; and Farm Bureau Financial Services staff and agents were able to achieve this goal.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Farm Bureau Salutes 4-H

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) salutes 4-H during National 4-H Week, October 1-7. This week is a great reminder of the many reasons why Farm Bureau maintains such strong support for the 4-H program

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Farming on a Budget

Most people dislike the word “budget,” but really it gives you permission to spend. A budget doesn’t have to be restrictive, rather a tool that tells your income where it goes. For young farmers operating on a budget is essential. Here are three tips to implement budgeting.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nelson Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) in Marshall. The competition was held Thursday, September 21. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors a $200 scholarship for the winner and a $100 scholarship for the runner-up for each regional Collegiate Discussion Meet. This year’s regional winner was Asa Nelson from Tracy in Lyon County who is a majoring in agriculture. The runner-up of the regional contest was Amanda Stafford from Columbus in Anoka County. She is studying agricultural education.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Farm Bureau Members Travel to Washington, D.C.

Sixteen Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota met with their members of Congress in Washington, D.C. during the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) Farmers to Washington, D.C. trip September 12-16.

Friday, September 8, 2017

MFBF State Fair Builiding site of Panel Discussion on Trade with Cuba

On Saturday, September 2, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith hosted a panel discussion with Minnesota agriculture leaders to highlight the importance of economic engagement with Cuba at the Minnesota Farm Bureau State Fair building. Other panelists included, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner David Frederickson, MFBF President Kevin Paap, Devre Boughner Vorwerk - Cargill, Brian Thalmann - Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish.

"Thank you to Senator Klobuchar for the opportunity to host the panel discussion at our state fair building. We will continue to work on the progress that we made on the Lt. Governor's trade mission to Cuba, "said Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. "Farm Bureau will continue to work with Senator Klobuchar, and the rest of the Minnesota delegation to increase our opportunities with Cuba."

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Meet a Farmer at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Building at the State Fair

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) continues their Minnesota State Fair tradition with the Minnesota Farmers CARE theme. Since more than half of Minnesotans have never met a farmer, MFBF created an opportunity for consumers to ask farmers questions at the fair. Minnesota farmers will be volunteering all 12 days of the state fair, August 24-September 4, at the MFBF building where fairgoers will be able to meet farmers who are raising and growing their food.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Connect Food to Farm at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Building at the State Fair

We all eat. Few of us farm. Farmers in Minnesota will be volunteering at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) building at this year’s state fair to help bridge the connection between food we eat to Minnesota farms. Consumers are more interested than ever about how their food is grown and raised. MFBF is providing an avenue for fairgoers to meet and ask questions of the source of their food: farmers.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Meeting with USDA Secretary Perdue

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue met with Minnesota farmers, business leaders and others on Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap’s farm. “It was an honor to host Secretary Perdue on our farm. He has made it very clear that he wants to hear from farmers and ranchers who have a boots on the ground perspective, and the ‘Back to Our Roots’ tour provided an opportunity for Minnesota to be a part of that conversation,” said MFBF President Paap.

Friday, August 4, 2017

USDA Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in Minnesota

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue takes his “Back to our Roots” five-state road trip from Wisconsin to Minnesota today. He’ll be holding a private, invitation-only meeting this afternoon with farmers, business leaders and others on the farm of Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Farm Bureau Day Celebrated at Farmfest

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap together with American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall welcomed Farmfest attendees Wednesday to the free pancake breakfast. Farm Bureau served over 1,000 people in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Farm Bureau Decries D.C. Circuit’s ‘Endangered’ Wolf Ruling, Calls for Reform

The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall: “The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, on August 1, that a thriving population of 4,000 Gray Wolves that threatens farmers and ranchers in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin was somehow endangered. This ruling defies common sense.”

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Holds Golf Fundraiser

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation held their annual Golf Scramble on June 27 at River Oaks Golf Course near Cottage Grove. Seventy golfers among 17 teams competed in the event, and over $14,000 was raised with proceeds going directly to the MFB Foundation. Funds will be used for programs focused on agricultural education, safety education and leadership development. The winning team consisted of members of the South St. Paul Gun Club.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Comments on Proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Restrictions

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has released its draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule and is accepting comments through August 11. The purpose of this rule is to minimize potential for nitrate pollution in groundwater and to protect drinking water. The rule is written in two parts. Part one is a preventative measure that the MDA proposes to apply to all areas of the state that it has defined as “vulnerable” based on geology. In general, these areas would include areas of predominantly coarse textured soils, areas with Karst or fractured bedrock, and areas where there is little topsoil and bedrock is near the soil surface.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Trade with Cuba

We are truly blessed in this country. We have the opportunity to produce more than we can use. Exports account for one third of the total U.S. farm income. Did you know the United States exports 70 percent of our cotton, 49 percent of our soybeans, 38 percent of our wheat, 20 percent of our pork, 16 percent of our poultry, 15 percent of our dairy, 14 percent of our corn and 10 percent of our beef? Did you know Minnesota’s the 4th largest agricultural exporter in the United States, adding $7.3 billion to the state’s economy that supports nearly 60,000 export-related jobs? Trade is critically important to farm income, the farm economy, our rural economy and our state.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Agriculture - More Than Just the Farm

There was once a little boy that dreamed about nothing but being a farmer just like dad and grandpa. This is my story as I’m sure it is with many other boys and girls growing up yearning to be just like mom and dad, raising livestock and growing crops on the family farm. But as most of us know, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine, and the world makes you take a second look at things. This was true for me as I’m sure it is for other young farmers and ranchers.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Statement on EPA Proposed WOTUS Repeal

“Minnesota Farm Bureau was pleased with EPA’s proposal to ditch the 2015 rule defining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS). It was an over regulation that created confusion and uncertainty for regulators and farmers, ranchers and others who depend on their ability to work the land,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. “We look forward to working with EPA Administrator Pruitt to write a new rule that protects water quality without trampling the rights of businesses and the states.”

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Holds 2nd Annual Sporting Clays Tournament

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation Sporting Clay Tournament was held on June 8 at Caribou Gun Club in LeSueur. Forty-four shooters on nine teams participated. Participants tested their skills at 12 interactive shooting stations. The event raised nearly $2,500, and the proceeds will be used by the MFB Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom projects and other educational programs.