Farm Bureau News


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

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.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Think Spring

We are past the halfway mark in April, the grass is green and looking like it’s time to think about getting the lawnmower ready. No matter who you are, what your occupation is or where you live, spring is a wonderful time of year. In agriculture, it is a time of excitement, a time to put in place the plans thought about all winter, a time to put your seeds in the ground and put your faith in God to provide the weather to produce a bountiful crop. Think farm safety. With spring comes more vehicles and machinery on our rural roads. Equipment that is wider and slower than our cars and trucks. Drivers, please watch out for our farm equipment on the roadways, allow plenty of space, watch for those sudden turns into the farm fields.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Breakfast and Other Events on the Farm

Several county Farm Bureaus throughout Minnesota are sponsoring or co-sponsoring Breakfast and other events on the Farm June through October. Each event includes a meal and numerous activities for all ages to enjoy including farm tours, wagon rides, machinery display, petting zoo and much more. County Farm Bureau events are listed in chronological order at with more detailed information. For more information, contact the county/regional Farm Bureau.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MFBF Statement on Possible Withdrawal from NAFTA

“Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is extremely concerned that President Trump’s administration is considering withdrawing the United States from North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A decision that we would strongly oppose,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “Minnesota farmers and ranchers depend upon this critical trade agreement as Canada and Mexico are two of the three largest markets for Minnesota agricultural products - accounting for 27 percent of Minnesota’s agricultural exports. To disrupt this market would be devastating to farmers and ranchers during a time where agriculture is already facing a challenging economic environment.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Pleased with Perdue Confirmation

“The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) thanks Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken for voting for Governor Sonny Perdue’s confirmation as the next U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary of Agriculture,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “Secretary Perdue is a needed voice for agriculture as the new administration addresses issues like trade, regulatory reform, agriculture labor and the next farm bill. We look forward to working with the new Secretary to address issues facing Minnesota farmers and ranchers.”

Monday, April 24, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Sporting Clays Fundraiser Set for June 8

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation will hold its second annual sporting clays fundraiser at Caribou Gun Club in Le Sueur on Thursday, June 8. All proceeds from the event help fund MFB Foundation programs focused on agricultural education, safety education and leadership development. The format will be a five-person team shoot with 12 interactive shooting stations starting at 2:00 p.m. The entry fee covers 50 targets, banquet meal and prizes. Other contests will take place throughout the afternoon. The cost for the event is $75 for individuals and $300 for teams. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Northwest Regional Farm Bureau Donates Book Bundles to Area Schools

Northwest Regional Farm Bureau donated and presented a Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) book bundle to both Roseau Elementary and Badger Elementary schools on April 13. “We are excited to provide elementary students in our area the opportunity to read about agriculture,” said Shayne Isane, Northwest Regional Farm Bureau President. “Agriculture is an important part of our communities, and these books are a great way to show our commitment to education.”

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Farm Bureau leaders visit St Mary's Parochial School

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee visited St Mary’s Parochial School in Long Prairie to share this year’s Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) theme “Soil” and conducted activities to help students gain a better understanding of agriculture. The Farm Bureau leaders highlighted soil to farmers while working with students in 3rd-5th grade. The 45-minute presentation began with MFBF P&E Committee members and county Farm Bureau leaders reading “Dirt the Scoop on Soil” and “Dirt – Jump into Science” to the students followed by an apple as the world activity and the students conducting soil and food mapping activities

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Farm Bureau Recognizes Earth Day

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) encourages everyone to recognize every day as Earth Day. “In agriculture, every day is Earth Day. April 22 is the day where we emphasize the importance of our natural resources and share agriculture’s story,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “As farmers, we pride ourselves in caring for our water, air, land and its resources. Conserving and protecting the earth for your children and ours is our top priority.”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Clay County Farm Bureau Donates Book Bundles to Area Schools

Clay County Farm Bureau donated a bundle of 10 books to every elementary school in Clay County and to the Moorhead Public Library. The presentations were made throughout the month of March to celebrate agriculture. “We are excited to provide all of the elementary students in our county the opportunity to read about agriculture,” said Mark Harless, Clay County Farm Bureau President. “Agriculture is an important part of our communities, and these books are a great way to show our commitment to education.”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Region 1 FFA Members Advance to State FFA Discussion Meet

Tyler Myhre from the Detroit Lakes FFA Chapter and Rachel Bolar from the Detroit Lakes FFA Chapter took home top honors from the Region 1 FFA Discussion Meet held on April 3 at Ada High School. They will advance to the state contest sponsored by Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation at the end of April in conjunction with the Minnesota State FFA Convention. Other finalists included Solomon Carlson of the Hawley FFA Chapter.