Farm Bureau News

 

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

Change

Change is one of the most difficult things for people to embrace while it is one of the most fundamental and inevitable events that occur throughout our life on this planet. As the father of three young boys, I see change occurring at home all the time. Change in appearances as they grow. Changes in how they respond to things as they learn. Changes to what they like to do as they become more independent. These changes are not only fun to watch but can also be sad as they start to lose some of the innocence of earlier life.

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on Agricultural Property Taxes

“Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) thanks the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate leadership and members for passing and Governor Dayton for signing the omnibus tax bill. This bill includes a 40 percent tax credit on the portion of agricultural property taxes going towards school debt bond levies,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “This tax provision is critical for addressing the current agriculture economy in Minnesota, and the burden placed on farmers as it relates to the amount of property taxes paid towards school debt bond levies in a bi-partisan and positive manner.”

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Thanks Legislators and Governor Dayton

“Farm Bureau thanks the chairs and members of the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate agriculture committees, Governor Dayton and his staff, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson and his staff, and all Minnesota legislators for addressing agricultural issues in a bi-partisan and positive manner,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. The Agricultural Omnibus Bill was passed in the final days of the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session, and Governor Dayton signed it on May 30.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Recognizes Sesquicentennial Farms

The Minnesota Farm Bureau is pleased to recognize 33 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2017. A commemorative certificate signed by Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Sesquicentennial Farm recognition. Information on all Sesquicentennial Farm families will be available online at www.fbmn.org.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Statement on President’s Proposed Budget

“Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation is extremely concerned that President Trump’s administration is proposing budget cuts to the farm bill, specifically crop insurance. These are decisions we strongly oppose,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap. “Crop insurance provides a strong safety net when help is needed most. The current farm economy demonstrates how important these programs are. Cutting them would be devastating to farm families, our state and rural Minnesota economies.”

Friday, May 19, 2017

State Fair and Farm Bureau Salute Minnesota Family Farms: 165 Century Farms Honored

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 165 Minnesota farms as 2017 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Century Farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by Minnesota State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau presidents and Gov. Mark Dayton. Since the program began in 1976, more than 10,000 Minnesota farms have been recognized as Century Farms.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Letter to the Editor: Buffer Law Needs Clarity

The following letter to the editor was submitted to the StarTribune in response to Dennis Anderson's May 4 column "Buffers: the truth and untruths" on behalf of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. In his May 4 column “Buffers: the truths and untruths,” Dennis Anderson makes the case that there is much misinformation about the state’s buffer law, which requires farmers and other landowners to be in compliance with the statute by November. There are critical modifications that are needed for this law to be effectively implemented.

Friday, May 12, 2017

MFBF and Fellow Agriculture Organizations,County Leaders Call for Clarity of State Buffer Law

The following letter was sent to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Legislative Leaders on behalf of eighteen state agricultural organizations, including the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF), and several local government officials representing rural counties. Dear Governor Dayton and Legislative Leaders, As farmers and local government officials, we are writing to you with an urgent request with respect to the water buffer law that has become the subject of considerable controversy throughout rural Minnesota. While we are not advocating the repeal of the new buffer law, we must face the fact it is not ready for implementation this year under the current provisions.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

GM Discount Ending - Final Days to Save!

The GM Farm Bureau discount will expire May 31, 2017. This is your last opportunity to save big on Chevy, GMC and Buick models! Eligible Farm Bureau members in Minnesota receive a $500 cash allowance toward the purchase or lease of most new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles with a Farm Bureau discount certificate. To redeem, print a discount certificate and present it to your local dealer.