Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Blog Archive

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Agriculture - More Than Just the Farm

There was once a little boy that dreamed about nothing but being a farmer just like dad and grandpa. This is my story as I’m sure it is with many other boys and girls growing up yearning to be just like mom and dad, raising livestock and growing crops on the family farm. But as most of us know, it’s not always rainbows and sunshine, and the world makes you take a second look at things. This was true for me as I’m sure it is for other young farmers and ranchers.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Milk and Its Wholesome Goodness

Ask most people what kind of food is the best, and they might say that fresh is best. There are many options out there to get your hands on fresh wholesome foods, especially in the coming summer months when local farmers markets open. One of the first foods that comes to my mind as a dairy farmer is milk.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Why Should I Get Involved?

Do you ever ask yourself the question “Why should I get involved?” That’s the question I asked myself while growing up, watching mom and dad attend many Farm Bureau events while I was stuck at home doing the chores. Fast forward a few years and now it’s the other way around. So why did I get involved?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Plan, Practice and Prepare

After harvest season inevitably comes “meeting season.” These winter months are filled with farm shows, outlook meetings and agriculture conferences. Although the events are full of interesting sessions and great speakers, the most value we receive out of them is interacting with other attendees. During these informal conversations, we learn the most. But to get the most out of these conversations, and in order to build your network, you have to plan, practice and prepare.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

More You

We need more Young Farmers and Ranchers! The key to longevity is fresh members; to give a new vitality and perspective to an organization that must move with the times while holding onto past traditions. To give a new generations view on topics affecting the future.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Everyone Needs a Check-Up

At some point in time in our lives, we all need a check-up of some kind. This should be no different for our agricultural and farm businesses. A check-up allows for us to examine the whole body or business, and access whether changes need to be made and if targets and goals are being met.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Refine, Adapt, Set and Accomplish Goals

What an exciting time to be a Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R)! With representation from four college campuses and universities, the growth of our collegiate discussion meet over the past year was a big success and achieved one of the goals that we set as a state committee. Another tremendous success was witnessing our second Excellence in Agriculture winner, Mike Miron, take home the grand prize as murmurs of “back to back” sounded from the gleeful Minnesota section of the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention. Using the momentum of success, our committee refined and honed our goals for 2016 as we seek continued growth and outreach on our college campuses, and increased participants in all our YF&R contests. Just as we built on success to create new goals, I believe the same method can be adapted and applied to our farms as we embark upon another growing season.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Getting Started in a Farming Career

These are exciting times in American agriculture as we are starting to see more and more opportunities arising for young individuals to start their career in production agriculture. Sometimes one thinks of all the capital it takes to start farming and hesitate at the thought of the amount of cash needed to run a successful farm. I thought I would share some of the programs available to the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Take Action Post-Conference

As a farmer and/or agriculture professional, the winter months tend to be scheduled with conferences, meetings, tradeshows and the like. This downtime is valuable in planning and preparing for the next growing season or identifying improvements to ourselves and our businesses. I know the many events I have attended have provided ideas on new products or technologies and insight on grain marketing, succession planning, professional development or other business strategies. But more importantly, I have met new contacts and connected with old friends at these events.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Farmers Obsessed with Farming

As a farmer or agriculturalist, have you ever taken a step back and looked at your lifestyle among non-farmers? Vastly different right? Why? Well, if you ask me, I would bluntly tell you – because farmers are obsessed with farming. Try to prove me wrong. But it’s ok that farmers are 100 percent in love with farming, because it’s who we are. It’s our entire livelihood, starting as a young child just looking for something to get their hands into, to a retired farmer still telling stories of Day 1 on the farm when it was established back in 1930.