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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Salutes 4-H

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) salutes 4-H during National 4-H Week, October 2-8. This week is a great reminder of the many reasons why Farm Bureau maintains such strong support for the 4-H program. Farm Bureau invests in 4-H throughout the year because it recognizes that rural youth benefit from participation in this organization. 4-H is a program that develops leaders who will contribute back to their communities and invest in our future.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Minn Farm Bureau PAC Announces Candidate Endorsements

The Minn Farm Bureau (state) Political Action Committee (MFB PAC) recently announced candidate endorsements in state political races that were interviewed after the previous announcement. This endorsement is in addition to the announcement made at the end of August. Endorsement decisions are based upon candidate interviews and support for Farm Bureau policy. The PAC Committee is comprised of county Farm Bureau members from across the state.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Farm Bureau Members Travel to Washington, D.C.

Sixteen farmers 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. Participants met with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken; members of Congress Tom Emmer, Rick Nolan and Collin Peterson; and staff members from the offices of Tim Walz, Erik Paulsen, John Kline and Betty McCollum.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Rupprecht Hired as Minnesota Farm Bureau Public Policy Associate Director

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) announced that Cole Rupprecht has been hired as the public policy associate director focusing on state issues effective September 8.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Minn Farm Bureau PAC and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation PAC Announce Candidate Endorsements

The Minn Farm Bureau (state) Political Action Committee (MFB PAC) recently announced candidate endorsements in state political races. Additionally, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (federal) Political Action Committee (MFBF PAC) announced candidate endorsements in federal political races. Endorsement decisions are based upon candidate interviews and support for Farm Bureau policy. The PAC Committee is comprised of county Farm Bureau members from across the state.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Holds Fundraisers

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation recently held two fundraisers for programs focused on agricultural education, safety education and leadership development.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

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 has created an opportunity for consumers to ask farmers questions at the fair. Minnesota farmers will be volunteering all 12 days of the state fair at the MFB building where fairgoers can meet farmers who are raising and growing their food.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Share a Picture from the MFBF Photo Booth for Your Chance at $250

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is presenting two grocery card giveaways following the Minnesota State Fair. Stop by the MFBF building at the State Fair, August 25–September 5, for your chance to win. A photo booth will be set up in the MFBF building for fairgoers to take pictures to remember their visit and post those pictures on social media to have their name put in the drawing for the grocery card giveaway.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Continues Tradition at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) State Fair exhibit continues the tradition of providing fun for all ages. This year’s garden theme is a pollinator-friendly flower garden to share the importance of pollinators in agriculture. Stop by the MFBF building to get ideas for your garden.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Farm Bureau State Fair Flower Display is Pollinator Friendly

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has planted a flower display that is appealing to pollinators such as bees. This is just an example of the on-going effort farmers are taking to provide more plants for pollinators. Pollinators are an essential part of our ecosystem as they improve the environment and help sustain the food supply.

Monday, August 8, 2016

At the Intersection of Tradition and Tomorrow

We all know the world of agriculture is changing. And there’s no better place to see that than where growing cities expand into areas once considered “the country,” and reserved exclusively for agriculture. That’s where YF&R Excellence in Agriculture Award winner Mike Miron lives, and where he works to teach a new generation about the industry that feeds us all.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Farm Bureau Day Celebrated at Farmfest

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap together with American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Vice President Scott VanderWal welcomed Farmfest attendees today to the free pancake breakfast. Farm Bureau served over 1,000 people in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center. As part of Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest, AFBF Vice President VanderWal and Don Parish - AFBF Senior Director Governmental Regulations were on the afternoon “Buffers, WOTUS and Agriculture Water Quality Issues” panel.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Farm Bureau Young Farmers hold Leadership Tour in Dodge County

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) hosted the Summer Leadership Tour on Friday, July 15 in southeastern Minnesota. The young farmers toured McNeilus Steel, Inc; Seneca Foods; Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery; and the Red Barn Learning Center. The evening concluded with a stop at the Dodge County Fair to view the 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Join Farm Bureau at Farmfest

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) will be among more than 600 companies displaying on over 50 acres of land at the 2016 Farmfest. Farmfest takes place August 2-4 at the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Minnesota. Farm Bureau Day – August 3 Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest will be Wednesday, August 3. MFBF will be serving a free pancake breakfast to the first 1,000 people from 8-10 a.m. in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Holds Golf Fundraiser

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation held their annual Golf Scramble on June 28 at River Oaks Golf Course near Cottage Grove. Nearly $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. Other MFB Foundation fundraisers include the new Sporting Clay Fundraiser to be held at the Caribou Gun Club in Le Sueur on July 22, the pork chop stand at Farmfest, August 2-4, and the annual auction held at the MFB Annual Meeting on Friday, November 18.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Statement by Minnesota Farm Bureau President Paap on Federal GMO Labeling Bill

“The federal GMO labeling bill passed by the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives is a bi-partisan compromise that protects interstate commerce and supports new technologies,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “Establishing a uniform, national labeling system will provide consistent information to consumers and avoid a patchwork of confusing and potentially misleading labeling standards from state to state. We thank Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken and Representatives Walz, Kline, Paulsen, McCollum, Emmer, Peterson and Nolan for their support of this bill.”

The bill now awaits President Obama’s signature.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau to Hold Sporting Clays Fundraiser

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation will hold its first annual Sporting Clays Tournament on July 22 at the Caribou Gun Club in Le Sueur. Funds will be used for programs focused on agricultural education, safety education and leadership development.

To register contact Michelle DeGeest at michelle.degeest@fbmn.org or 651-768-2151.

Other MFB Foundation fundraisers include a golf outing held in June, the pork chop stand at Farmfest, August 4-6, and the annual auction held at the MFB Annual Meeting on Friday, November 20.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports National GMO Labeling Bill

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) supports the proposed U.S. Senate legislation that establishes federal pre-emption to protect interstate commerce and prevent state-by-state GMO labeling laws.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Red River Valley Agriculture Water Issues Forum

The Red River Valley Agriculture Water Issues Forum will be held July 13-15 at three separate locations: July 13 in Climax, July 14 in Glyndon and July 15 in Rothsay. The meetings will be held from 8 a.m.-Noon. These water meetings are organized by farmers with farmer's interests in mind. Topics include: end of Minnesota legislative session update, clarifications on the Minnesota buffer law, conservation program opportunities from the Soil and Water Conservation District, agriculture in 2016 and beyond, water issues, floodwater storage in watershed management and making improvements on your farm with rainfall.