Farm Bureau News

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Watch out for Each Other, Hold Hands and Stick Together

Many of us have heard about or maybe read Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The book reminds us to share everything, play fair, don’t hit people, put things back where you found them, clean up your own mess, don’t take things that aren’t yours, say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody, wash your hands before you eat, flush, warm cookies and cold milk are good for you, live a balanced life-learn some and think some, draw and paint, sing and dance, play and work some, take a nap every afternoon, when you go out into the world - watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together and be aware of wonder.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Minnesota Farm Bureau Announces “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award Recipients

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased to announce that Members of Congress Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer and Collin Peterson are the recipients of the “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award from the 114th Congress. Former Representative John Kline was also a recipient of this award.

The “Friend of Farm Bureau” award is given to individuals who have supported Farm Bureau issues, as demonstrated by their voting records. The voting records were based on issues selected by the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors.

“These members of Congress have demonstrated support and commitment to agriculture and deserve our thanks for sharing Farm Bureau’s dedication to enhancing the lives of farm and ranch families across the state,” said MFBF President Kevin Paap. “A lot was accomplished due to these elected officials during the last Congress, and we look forward to continuing our work together during the 115th Congress.” 

The “Friend of Farm Bureau” Awards were presented on March 1 while Farm Bureau members from Minnesota were in Washington, D.C.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Farm Bureau Members Attend Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C.

Farmers and ranchers from across Minnesota were part of the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) delegation to attend the American Farm Bureau Advocacy Conference in Washington D.C. Nearly 600 farmers and ranchers from across the country met to hear legislative updates on Farm Bureau priority issues and to learn how to better engage elected officials on these topics.

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.