Promotion & Education Committee Blog Archive

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Celebrating 100 Years of Farm Bureau in Dakota County

There is a big deal happening in Dakota County. We’ve been celebrating all year long. This year marks 100 years of Farm Bureau in Dakota County which was established in 1917. Throughout this year, we’ve been planning and organizing to ensure that people around the county and state know about this milestone.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Change is one of the most difficult things for people to embrace while it is one of the most fundamental and inevitable events that occur throughout our life on this planet. As the father of three young boys, I see change occurring at home all the time. Change in appearances as they grow. Changes in how they respond to things as they learn. Changes to what they like to do as they become more independent. These changes are not only fun to watch but can also be sad as they start to lose some of the innocence of earlier life.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Spring is in the Air

The ice is off the lakes, robins are building nests, and buds are producing leaves on the trees. Urban dwellers may say it is spring, but in rural communities, April and May is planting season. I love spring sunshine and flower blossoms, but there is gloom and doom drifting in the air about the farm economy. Farm technology continues to improve production efficiency, yet we are experiencing challenging financial times.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tell Your Farm's Story

I just returned home from Leadership Conference at the Sanford Convention Center in Bemidji, held annually by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers Committees. Nearly 225 people from around the state were in attendance, and the weather cooperated nicely for both tours and travel. I encourage everyone to mark January 26 and 27 in your calendar for next year’s conference in Red Wing. Your county may be able to help fund your trip. Just ask - you won’t be disappointed and it will help motivate you to accomplish personal goals.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Share Your Story

Not a day goes by that we are not educating and engaging in a conversation with someone about our farm. Just the other day, someone asked me about who takes care of the animals when it is so cold. They were amazed when I told them how we bundle up, and yes we sometimes get cold. But that is the responsibility that we as farmers undertook when we decided to go into this. I get excited when I think about telling my story. Where do I start? What do I tell them? Will they comprehend what I am telling them? It is so simple for us because we, as farmers, understand most facets of farming, even when we learn something new every day.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

2016 Tax Filing Season - Organizing Ideas for Tax Records

One way to stay organized throughout the year in order to prepare for filing your taxes, store your files in tax return order. This will match the flow of your tax return.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Common Courtesy in Conversations with Consumers Needed

Farming is more than just a business, it’s a way of life. So it’s easy to take offense when a friend expresses an opinion or a company releases messaging that diminishes the work that you do every day on your farm. The urge to respond is only natural, but it’s how we respond that can make the difference between wasting your time versus having a meaningful conversation.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Find your Passion in P&E

Many of you who have progressed out of the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) program or joined Farm Bureau later in life may wonder, “What exactly is Promotion and Education or P&E?”

Thursday, March 3, 2016

What’s in a Language?

What’s in a language? Have you ever found yourself at the mall, hardware supply store, restaurant or a park in the last year and encountered someone speaking a different language? How did that make you feel? American Heritage Dictionary defines language: a system of words formed from such combinations and patterns, used by the people of a particular country or by a group of people with a shared history or set of traditions.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Leadership, AITC, Farm Safety

While I was reflecting on our recent Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting, I am reminded of the many hardworking staff members, committee members and members at large that we are so very blessed to have in this organization. The energy, ideas and the overwhelming desire to succeed, that all our members share, brings much strength and value to our members at large. We have much to be thankful for during this Holiday Season, and I am excited to look forward to the future of what we can accomplish together.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Take the First Step

I have been on a journey for the past two years. A journey I never thought I would venture on, I kept telling myself why not someone else. There are plenty of others with more experience than me, I am trying to raise the next generation of ag enthusiasts, I am trying to keep one foot in teaching all while helping my husband farm. The excuses were numerous, but a little voice in my head kept saying, why not you, who says you can’t try. Take the first step, which is the hardest and try. So that is what I did, I applied for the State Promotion and Education Committee, and have been part of it for two years, and will start my second term in November.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sharing the Word on Agriculture

As the 2015 fair season comes to an end, I would like to review all the ways that the county fair as well as our great Minnesota State Fair are able to share agriculture's story as well as entertain consumers on the importance of agriculture.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Leg Godt...Play Well

Less than 2 percent of the population of the United States are farmers, yet millions of consumers, special interest groups and several government agencies dictate how food, fuel and fiber are raised and processed. When I was a parent of two young boys who spent hours designing and playing with Legos, I regretted not investing funds in the company. So what do Legos have to do with agriculture?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Find your Niche to Share your Farm Story

Do you ever find yourself wondering “Does everyone these days have a blog?!” It can sometimes feel overwhelming when we’re told to “share our ag story,” and then we see blog post after blog post being written and we’re lulled into inaction thinking that we don’t have anything significant to add to the conversation.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Time for Reflection

With the Leadership Conference completed, it causes time for reflection on a time filled with information and a conference full of positive energy and enthusiasm. The first day of the conference was Friday and attendees had two different tour options, in and around Red Wing. The stops included Red Wing Shoes, S.B. Foot Tanning Company, Syngenta Stanton Research and Development Facility, Cannon River Winery, University of Wisconsin-River Falls Dairy Learning Center, Stoney End, Red Wing Pottery Museum and Red Wing Brewery. These tours always provide an insight into agriculture in the area as well as insight into the ingenuity that exists in Minnesota agriculture.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Diversity of Farm Bureau

One of the things I like about Farm Bureau is the opportunity to learn more about all of agriculture. There are so many different areas to learn about: crops, animals, forestry, pollinators and so much more! I believe Minnesota Farm Bureau does a great job of looking at all the different areas of agriculture and the opportunities and challenges of each area. This is because Farm Bureau is a general farm organization and has members that are involved in all areas of food, fiber and renewable fuel production.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Benefits of P&E Involvement

Here I am, nearing the conclusion of my six years on the state Promotion and Education (P&E) Committee, and I have realized that Farm Bureau membership promotion is extremely difficult for me.but not in the way you might think. It’s not because I don’t believe in the organization…I whole-heartedly do! The reason it’s difficult for me is that so many of the benefits for me have been intangible. Let me explain the ways I have grown in Minnesota Farm Bureau.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Effective Conversation about Farming

We’ve done a great job in agriculture of coming up with one-sentence answers to complex issues. These type of responses are perfectly designed for media sound bites or for a person with a quick question who wants a succinct answer.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How Long did you go to School to be a Farmer?

Two men seated next to each other on an airplane strike up a conversation, one is a farmer from the Midwest and the other is a businessman from New York City. They exchange pleasantries for a while. Then the businessman asked the farmer, “How long did you have to go to school to be a farmer?” The farmer had to stop and think for minute. The businessman started to think maybe he had embarrassed the farmer because he had probably not gone to college. As the businessman started to apologize to the farmer, the farmer said, “I think about 36 years.”

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Try Something New

Throughout my time on the Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee, I have enjoyed meeting many of the county P&E chairs. Our state committee has set a few goals for this year that I would like to share with you. One of the goals is to make personal contact with each county P&E chair. We would like to have better communication from the state level to the county level on a more personal basis on programs to strengthen your county. Don’t hesitate to call your state P&E representative if you need some ideas of activities to do in your county. If you don’t know who your committee representative is, visit

Thursday, December 5, 2013

One Voice

One voice can, indeed, make a difference. In a small chamber office, in a small west-central Minnesota community, a handful of local Farm Bureau members met for their regular monthly meeting. The agenda entailed reviewing existing policies and bringing forth resolutions that we felt were an issue in our community and that were not already addressed in the Farm Bureau policy handbook. Counties across the state were asked to do the same. We were asked to review some specific resolutions that the national level felt were going to be of importance in the next legislative session. Our little group did as requested and worked mostly on one national issue: the data privacy policy issue, and two state issues: raw milk and antibiotics in livestock feed.