Farm Bureau News

 

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.



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ramsden Advances to Sweet Sixteen in National Competition

Corey Ramsden of Washington-Ramsey County Farm Bureau advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round of the Discussion Meet Competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Convention and will compete again tomorrow. The Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet is being held during the AFBF Convention, January 6-11 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ramsden advanced to the AFBF competition after capturing top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Discussion Meet in November. Contestants are 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.

Ramsden is a business manager for Land O’ Lakes Inc., Winfield and Purina. She grew up in Massachusetts and attended the University of Minnesota Crookston, where she received degrees in agriculture business, agriculture economics and equine science.

More then 50 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are among over 5,000 Farm Bureau members representing each state and Puerto Rico at the AFBF Annual Convention. The convention also features workshops and seminars, as well as, the national resolutions session which set policies for the upcoming year.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Farm Bureau members to serve on National Advisory Committees

Two Farm Bureau members from Minnesota were appointed to serve on the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Issue Advisory Committees. The issue advisory committees are made up of farmers from across the country with a particular interest and experience in their focus area and serve in an advisory capacity on issues for the AFBF president and board of directors. The committees will meet as part of the AFBF Advocacy Conference, February 27- March 2 in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues of importance to their specific subject area.

Farm Bureau members from Minnesota who have been appointed to AFBF Issue Advisory Committees are as follows:

  • Marlin Fay of Mower County was re-appointed to serve on the AFBF Energy Issue Advisory Committee. This committee focuses on the Renewable Fuel Standard, wind energy, fracking, pipelines, CAFE standards and carbon regulations.

  •  Carolyn Olson, Minnesota Farm Bureau District III Board Director from Lyon County, was re-appointed to serve as the chair of the Organic and Direct Marketing Committee. This committee focuses on organic production systems, organic check-off programs, farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture and agri-tourism.

The purpose of the Issue Advisory Committees is to help insure that, as a general farm organization, Farm Bureau is serving the needs of all the issues faced by our members.



 


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Care, Commitment and Thanks

After having the coldest December day in the last 20 years, I think that we can all agree that our Minnesota winter has arrived! Sleet, snow, wind and cold temperatures affect everyone’s travel, but it also has an impact on our farms and ranches.

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.