Farm Bureau News

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports Hunger Initiatives in Minnesota

Farm Bureau members from across Minnesota gathered this weekend for the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting held November 17-20 in Bloomington. During the meeting, attendees conducted a service project for Allan Law and the Love One Another program with 35 volunteers making nearly 500 sandwiches. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation also donated $1,700. The funds were raised during the Promotion and Education and Young Farmers and Ranchers Committees' MFBF Leadership Conference this past January.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Ag in the Classroom Outreach during Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

Farm Bureau members attending the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting November 18-19 in Bloomington participated in an Agriculture in the Classroom activities at local elementary schools. The MFBF Promotion and Education Committee in conjunction with the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and county Farm Bureau leaders worked with third and fifth graders in Poplar Bridge Elementary in Bloomington.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Raises Funds at Auction

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation Auction was held on November 18 at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s 98th Annual Meeting. The auction raised over $15,000 because of the generosity of county Farm Bureaus, organizations and individuals who donated, bid on and purchased items. Of this, nearly $6,000 will go towards Agriculture in the Classroom projects and educational programs.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Start of Something Great! Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) presents its 2017 Leadership Conference, February 3-4. This year’s conference, “The Start of Something Great,” will be held at the Sanford Convention Center/Country Inn & Suites in Bemidji. The Leadership Conference is designed to raise awareness of agriculture issues, provide advocacy tools and enhance networks, leadership skills and professional development. Bruce Vincent, a third generation logger from Libby, Montana, will motivate and inspire attendees during the Friday evening banquet. During the past 25 years, Bruce has given motivational speeches throughout the United States and the world, has testified on natural resource issues before Congress and has appeared on several news programs such as “60 Minutes.”

Monday, November 21, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Outlines Focus Areas for 2017

Voting delegates at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) 98th Annual meeting adopted policy positions for 2017. Based on these actions, the MFBF Board of Directors have provided focus for the organization on public policy, image and leadership including food, health insurance, water, transportation, and taxes.

Food
Minnesota farmers and ranchers are committed to providing access to sustainable, safe, healthy food choices. Farmers work to continuously improve production methods, techniques and technologies. Farmers demonstrate their commitment to care for their livestock, manage and improve the quality of their environment and enhance the quality and accessibility of food and fiber they produce utilizing different production methods.

Health Insurance
The affordability and availability of health insurance is a significant concern for Minnesota farm families and small businesses. MFBF will work towards finding solutions addressing both increases in premiums and lack of availability to individual health insurance options.

Water
Water quality and quantity are top priorities for Minnesota farm families. Agriculture’s role in improving water quality can best be fulfilled through voluntary site-specific actions at the local level.

Transportation
MFBF will continue efforts to address Minnesota transportation infrastructure needs, especially rural roads and bridges. It is critical that products are able to be moved efficiently by river, rail and road.

Taxes
MFBF will continue efforts to work on education funding issues especially as it relates to improvements or construction of school buildings.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hicks Wins Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted the 12th annual Minnesota Collegiate Discussion Meet. The competition was held Saturday, November 19 as part of the 98th MFBF Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. This year’s winner was Jakob Hicks of Tracy in Redwood County attending Southwest Minnesota State University majoring in agronomy. The runner-up was Johanna Knorr of Pelican Rapids in West Otter Tail County attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities majoring in animal science and agribusiness.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Announces YF&R Contest Winners

Young farmers in Washington-Ramsey County and Wright County captured top honors in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) competitions. Corey Ramsden of in Washington-Ramsey County took home first in the Discussion Meet contest, and Brad and Jenna Davis of Cokato in Wright County won the Excellence in Agriculture contest. The competitions were held during the MFBF 98th Annual Meeting at the DoubleTree in Bloomington. The meeting concluded today, November 19.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Honors Agricultural Leaders at 98th Annual Meeting

Recognizing people who have given of their time and talents to agriculture was the focus of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Awards Banquet held Friday, November 18, during the 98th Annual Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Farm Bureau Voting Delegates Re-elect Glessing Vice President

County voting delegates at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) 98th Annual Meeting re-elected Dan Glessing to a two-year term as Vice-President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. The election was held November 18 during the delegate session in Bloomington. Re-elected to a three-year term were Bob Roelofs from Garden City in Blue Earth County representing District II, and Fran Miron of Hugo in Washington-Ramsey County representing District V. Elected to the board of directors serving one-year terms were Promotion & Education Committee chair Debra Durheim from Long Prairie in Todd County and Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee chair Pam Uhlenkamp from Green Isle in Sibley County.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Quade Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at Ridgewater College in Willmar. The competition was held Monday, November 14. This year’s regional winner was A.J. Quade of Westbrook from Cottonwood County studying agribusiness. The runner-up of the regional contest was Ashle Lukes of Lester Prairie.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Zippel Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at the University of Minnesota in Crookston. The competition was held Thursday, November 10. This year’s regional winner was Savannah Zippel of LeSueur, studying agricultural education. The runner-up of the regional contest was Anna Johnson of Sebeka also studying agriculture education.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Knorr Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. The competition was held Wednesday, November 9. This year’s regional winner was Johanna Knorr from Pelican Rapids. She is a senior studying animal science and agricultural business. The runner-up of the regional contest was Trent Dado from Amery, Wisconsin who is studying animal science.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Widmer Wins Regional Minnesota Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) hosted a regional Collegiate Discussion Meet at South Central College (SCC) in Mankato. The competition was held Monday, November 7. This year’s regional winner was Mitchel Widmer from New Prague in LeSueur County. He is a studying agribusiness service and management. The runner-up of the regional contest was Kristi Oberdieck from Truman in Watonwan County who is a also studying agribusiness service and management.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ley 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 22. This year’s regional winner was Sabrina Ley from Belgrade in Stearns County. She is a senior studying agribusiness with minors in marketing and public relations. The runner-up of the regional contest was Jakob Hicks from Tracy in Lyon County. He is a sophomore studying agronomy.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Minnesota FFA Has Strong Presence at National Convention

Congratulations to our nearly 1,000 Minnesota FFA members in the record attendance of over 64,000 attending the 89th National FFA Convention.  Over 110 chapters participating in all of the events; and over 150 advisors, parents and guests add to the pool of participants from Minnesota.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Attend the 2016 Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting will be November 17-19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. The meeting will have a variety of sessions on agricultural issues, leadership development, the Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) contests and award banquets. John Kriesel will be the keynote speaker at the noon luncheon on Saturday, November 19. In 2006, Kriesel nearly lost his life to a 200-pound roadside bomb in the parched sands of Iraq, but battlefield angels in army uniforms kept him breathing long enough to reach a field hospital. He died three times and was shocked back to life. Somehow he survived through four hospitals, 35 surgeries and months of recovery.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

From An Outsider's View

Have you ever looked at your life from an outsider’s perspective and thought, “How did I get so lucky?” This past summer with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) as one of their Public Relations team interns caused me to do that more often than I ever thought possible. The staff, the members and the skills gained all contributed to make my summer one to remember. Growing up on a farm in a town too small for even a stop light, I was always used to a more laid back approach to life. Driving to Eagan for the first time back in May, my eyes were instantly opened to a different way of life...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Raffle Winners Announced

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation drew the winners of their raffle at the MFB office on September 15. Winners were: 1st Prize: Benelli Monefeltro – Nick Ludowese from Stewart 2nd Prize: Henry Lever 22 with three boxes of ammunition – Mary Lenort from Fairmont 3rd Prize: Yeti Cooler – Dave Ludowese from Hutchinson 4th Prize: $100 cash – Ron Beckerleg from Elk River 5th Prize: $50 cash – Dave Ludowese from Hutchinson

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.