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Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Blog Archive

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.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Consumer Engagement

We believe in a future of agriculture... while many of us have these lines committed to memory, we must face the stark reality that we are less than 2 percent of this great nation's population. WE have been an organization of doers and a group of hard workers, but what we have not been is a community of storytellers.

Monday, July 6, 2015

FFA's School Garden

Six years ago, the Sibley East Agriculture Department along with the superintendent had an idea to have a school garden and also participate in the Farm to School program. They took it a step further and decided to have the school be the farm and the school program involved. They started with a small city plot that grew a great amount of vegetables for the school. They decided if they were going to make it work, they needed a bigger plot – and an advisory board member donated a 2.5 acre plot for the ag department to use.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

FFA and 4-H Alumni - Come Home to Farm Bureau

I was in Louisville. It was an exciting, nerve racking and slightly bitter place for the end of an eight year FFA career, that had me thinking back to the beginning of those years. But even before that I gave my time and energy to another organization. We were the Ripley Raiders 4-H Club, my cousins and siblings and I put on skits, went tubing and held some interesting meetings and that’s where I started as did many other proud 4-Hers.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sparking Change Starts with Ourselves

Coming off the heels of a successful Leadership Conference, many of us have had a chance to witness the incredible efforts of our peers and their passion for agriculture. With so many great initiatives to promote agriculture going on across the state, the opportunities to get involved are all around us.