Farm Bureau News

 

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.

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.