Farm Bureau News

 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Farm Bureau and FFA - Working Together

The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) salutes FFA during National FFA Week, February 18-25. This week is a great reminder of the many reasons why Farm Bureau maintains such strong support for the FFA program. Farm Bureau invests in FFA throughout the year because Farm Bureau sees future farmers, future agricultural leaders and future Farm Bureau members involved in this organization.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Region 7 FFA Members Advance to State FFA Discussion Meet

Emma Severns from the Maple River FFA Chapter and Emma Dettmann from the Norwood Young America FFA Chapter took home top honors from the Region 7 FFA Discussion Meet held February 10. Both will advance to the state contest in April in conjunction with the Minnesota State FFA Convention. This contest is sponsored by Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Region 2 FFA Members Advance to State FFA Discussion Meet

Molly Lindgren from the Staples/Motley FFA Chapter and Alexis Krebs from the Upsala FFA Chapter took home top honors from the Region 2 FFA Discussion Meet held February 9. Both will advance to the state contest in April in conjunction with the Minnesota State FFA Convention. This contest is sponsored by Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Region 8 FFA Members Advance to State FFA Discussion Meet

Brittanie Winfield from the Grand Meadow FFA Chapter and Samuel Moenning from the Triton FFA Chapter took home top honors from the Region 8 FFA Discussion Meet held January 27. Both will advance to the state contest in April in conjunction with the Minnesota State FFA Convention. This contest is sponsored by Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Region 5 FFA Members Advance to State FFA Discussion Meet

Derek Krieger from the KMS FFA Chapter and Bailee Schiefelbein from the Kimball FFA Chapter took home top honors from the Region 5 FFA Discussion Meet held January 20. Both will advance to the state contest in April in conjunction with the Minnesota State FFA Convention. The contest is sponsored by Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Region 4 FFA Members Advance to State FFA Discussion Meet

Madeline Weninger from the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Chapter and Abigail Huset from the Forest Lake FFA Chapter took home top honors from the Region 4 FFA Discussion Meet held January 16. Both will advance to the state contest in April in conjunction with the Minnesota State FFA Convention. This contest is sponsored by Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Region 3 FFA Members Advance to State FFA Discussion Meet

Savannah Aanerud from the Morris Area FFA Chapter and Jacey Schlosser from the Ashby FFA Chapter took home top honors from the Region 3 FFA Discussion Meet held January 20. Both will advance to the state contest in April in conjunction with the Minnesota State FFA Convention. This contest is sponsored by Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation.

The Discussion Meet competition encourages participants to have a conversation about current agriculture topics. The discussion simulates a committee meeting with the goal of finding a solution. Each FFA region in Minnesota can send two participants to the state contest, where the top two winners will receive a scholarship to the FFA Washington Leadership Conference or to further their education.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hicks and Knorr Finish in Top Sixteen in National Discussion Meet

Jakob Hicks of Redwood County and Johanna Knorr of Pelican Rapids finished in the top 16 in the National Collegiate Discussion Meet at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) FUSION Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were among 53 participants in this year’s competition.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hicks and Knorr Advance to Sweet Sixteen in National Discussion Meet

Jakob Hicks of Redwood County and Johanna Knorr of Pelican Rapids advanced today to the top 16 in the National Collegiate Discussion Meet at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) FUSION Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They are among 53 participants in this year’s competition.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Commemorates Food Awareness Activities

Minnesota Farm Bureau is focusing on Food Awareness during the months of February and March. Food Awareness activities were created to bring awareness to all things food – from the farmers who grow and raise our food, to food safety and availability.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Promotion & Education Committee recognizes leaders at Minnesota Farm Bureau Leadership Conference

Over 225 Farm Bureau members from across the state attended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Leadership Conference, February 3-4, at the Sanford Convention Center in Bemidji.

P&E Awards
The MFBF Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee presented two awards at this year’s conference.

“These awards recognize those who work tirelessly to engage with consumers and share their farm story and agriculture’s story so consumers can gain a better understanding of what we do on our farms to produce food, fiber and renewable fuel,” said Debra Durheim, MFBF P&E chair. “Sue and the Hewitts’ investment in Promotion & Education strengthen our relationships with consumers and Farm Bureau’s name as a trusted source about agriculture.”

The Golden Apple Award was presented to someone who has gone above and beyond to work with Agriculture in the Classroom programs and worked to educate others around the clock about farming and ranching. This year’s recipient is Sue Knott - Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom education specialist.

The Advocate of the Year Award is presented to someone who advocates our profession of farming and ranching. This year’s recipients are Mark and Sarah Hewitt – Le Sueur County Farm Bureau members.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports Hope House of Bemidji

During the conference, attendees conducted a service project for the Hope House of Bemidji by bringing in needed supplies for the house. The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation also donated food and household supplies along with a monetary donation of $1,000. Farm Bureau members also raised over $2,100 for a hunger service project in the upcoming year. Throughout the year, farmers and ranchers across the nation donate food, funds and people power to create a hunger-free America.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Young Farmers Recognize Leaders at Minnesota Farm Bureau Leadership Conference

Over 225 Farm Bureau members from across the state attended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Leadership Conference, February 3-4, at the Sanford Convention Center in Bemidji. YF&R Awards The MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee presented two awards at this year’s conference.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Announces YF&R Discussion Meet Semi-finalists

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee held the preliminary rounds of the Discussion Meet at the MFBF Leadership Conference at the Sanford Convention Center in Bemidji on February 4. Contestants were judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Farm Bureau Leaders attend Council of County Presidents

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) recently held the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Council of County Presidents meeting on January 24 at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge in St. Paul with 165 Farm Bureau leaders, elected and appointed officials in attendance.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Minnesota Farmers Celebrate Milestone Speaking Out for Agriculture

Minnesota farmers have a great story to tell and consumers are listening. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation’s community outreach program, Farming Today has reached a key milestone by helping farmers tell their story to 500 civic and professional organizations and schools across the state. Farming Today connects farmers with consumers who want to better understand where their food comes from. Brooten, Minn., farmer Lucas Sjostrom of Jer-Lindy Farms delivered the 500th Farming Today speech to students at Champlin Park High School on January 17. Sjostrom addressed students during class at Champlin Park High School.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Survivor Nicaragua finalist Holly Hoffman to visit Glenwood

Pope County Farm Bureau and Stevens County Farm Bureau will host Survivor Nicaragua finalist Holly Hoffman at the Minnewaska House in Glenwood on Friday, February 17. Born and raised in Eureka, South Dakota, Holly Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on season 21 on the CBS hit reality show “Survivor Nicaragua.” Through that experience, as well as others throughout her life, Holly was inspired to share her message of positivity, determination and confidence.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Paap re-elected to American Farm Bureau Board

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap was reelected to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Board of Directors to serve a two-year term by the voting delegates at the AFBF Annual Meeting voting delegate session in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be Paap’s sixth year on the board of directors. Paap serves on the 34-member AFBF board, which includes 30 state Farm Bureau presidents along with the Women’s Leadership Committee Chair, Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair, Vice President VanderWal and President Duvall.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to represent Farm Bureau members from Minnesota on the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors,” said MFBF President Paap. “This allows Minnesota to have a seat at the table when meeting with national and international leaders on issues of importance that affect farming and ranching and rural communities are determined.”

Kevin, a full-time farmer, and his wife, Julie, own and operate a fourth-generation family farm in Blue Earth County near Garden City. The Paaps raise corn and soybeans. Paap has been a lifelong Farm Bureau member. He was first elected president of the Minnesota Farm Bureau in 2005 and prior to that served as vice president of the organization since 1997.

Farm Bureau members from Minnesota were among the 5,000 Farm Bureau members representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico at the AFBF Annual Meeting. The meeting also featured national resolutions session which set policies for the upcoming year, as well as, workshops and seminars. The annual meeting concluded January 11.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Earns AFBF Recognition

During the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 98th Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and Farm Bureau members from Minnesota earned national recognition. Accepting the awards on January 8 was MFBF President Kevin Paap.

Awards of Excellence
As an organization, MFBF earned recognition from AFBF for offering outstanding programs for Farm Bureau members. MFBF received Awards of Excellence in all six program areas: Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Benefits; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation and Public Relations and Communications.

Young Farmers and Ranchers
In AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) results, Corey Ramsden of Washington-Ramsey County Farm Bureau finished in the top 16 out of 38 state winners in the Discussion Meet, and Brad and Jenna Davis of Wright County competed in the Excellence in Agriculture Contest representing Minnesota against 28 other state winners.

The AFBF Annual Meeting will continue through January 11. Farm Bureau delegates representing each state and Puerto Rico will conclude the meeting by discussing national resolutions and setting policies for the year. Over 50 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are among the 5,000 Farm Bureau members attending the meeting, which also features a variety of workshops, seminars and speakers.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Receives AFB Foundation Recognition

Today during the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 98th Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) received recognition from the American Farm Bureau (AFB) Foundation for Agriculture.

Apex Award
MFBF received the Apex Award recognizing the increased total investment in the AFB Foundation by 10 percent or more over the previous year. Donations fund projects that focus on the AFB Foundation’s mission of building awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education.

State Leader Award
MFBF was recognized in the state leader category. State Leader Awards are presented to state Farm Bureaus when each board member donates $50 or greater to the AFB Foundation.

County Leader Award
Dakota County Farm Bureau was recognized in the County Leader Award category. This award is presented to a county Farm Bureau when each member of that county board of directors donates $25 or greater to the AFB Foundation.

Challenge Awards
The MFBF Promotion and Education Committee and the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee were recognized with the Challenge Award. This award is presented to Farm Bureau committees when 100 percent of the group donates at least $25 or greater to the AFB Foundation.

Learn more about the AFB Foundation at agfoundation.org including their new book of the year “Sleep Tight Farm.”

The AFBF Annual Meeting will continue through January 11. Farm Bureau delegates representing each state and Puerto Rico will conclude the meeting by discussing national resolutions and setting policies for the year. Over 50 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are among the 5,000 Farm Bureau members attending the meeting, which also features a variety of workshops, seminars and speakers.