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2016 Minnesota Farm Bureau


Annual Review REA BU






Your Support Improves Lives


scholarships. MFB Foundation safety tools such as the Agriculture Transportation Handbook, trespass fliers and grain bin stickers are sought after resources. The Speak for Yourself program has trained 63 farmers and ranchers who are actively sharing their farm story to key influencer audiences such as service organizations, mom groups, businesses and high school classrooms. Since its inception in 2010, these farmers have conducted 457 presentations. Audience evaluations have shown us that 82 percent of the audience had a positive impression of agriculture after the presentation, and 41 percent said that their opinion was changed favorably towards agriculture because of the farmer sharing their story. The Foundation continues to actively develop and promote new programs that benefit rural Minnesota and its people. New programs and activities this past year included: l Foundation Raffle l Sporting Clay Tournament l Imagination Stations l Agriculture in the Classroom activities working with Miss America and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture; and l Supplying the American Farm Bureau Federation’s new Food and Farm Fact Guide to key influencers throughout Minnesota. Population shifts have resulted in fewer people living on farms and ranches and in rural communities. This has profound ramifications for agriculture and our way of life. That is why your generous support of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation is so important. Your support shows you care about developing leaders and enhancing awareness of agriculture. On behalf of the nearly 30,000 farm and ranch families of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, thank you for your kind support of the MFB Foundation.

his year we celebrate 30 years of the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation. In 1986, the Kevin Paap Minnesota Farm Bureau President Federation Board of Directors Minnesota created the Foundation to grow, Farm Bureau support and enhance agricultural Foundation education, safety education and leadership development. The mission is to provide opportunities for supporters of agriculture to invest in people and programs focused on supporting active farmers and those involved in agriculture, better connecting agriculture to consumers and serving rural communities. The MFB Foundation has continued and enhanced its efforts on agricultural education and safety education both with consumers and youth and continued education and leadership opportunities for farm and ranch families. These local outreach opportunities are supported by our county Agricultural Promotion Grant program, now in its 13th year. This provides $40,000 annually to county Farm Bureaus to support consumer outreach activities such as Breakfast on the Farms, I Met a Farmer Tours and farmers market activities. The MFB Foundation strongly believes in investing in today’s youth for tomorrow’s leaders by supporting educational and leadership development opportunities for them. During the Kevin Paap, President last 17 years, the MFB Foundation awarded Dan Glessing, Vice President nearly $34,000 in scholarships and general fund grants that fund programs and projects designed Chris Radatz, Secretary to help improve agriculture and the quality of Dave Johnson, Treasurer life for rural Minnesota. We have touched the Keith Allen lives of thousands of Minnesotans through our Robert Roelofs focus on agricultural education, safety Carolyn Olson education, leadership development and Nathan Collins Fran Miron Miles Kuschel Mike Gunderson Pete Henslin l This year, the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation raised more Mark Maiers than $416,000 for programs that supported agriculture education, Foundation

MFB Foundation Board of Directors








leadership development and safety education. l The MFB Foundation held the 1st Annual Sporting Clays Tournament with a net income of $3,715. l Voting delegates who donated mileage to the MFB Foundation donated $4,183.77. This was an increase of nearly $1,000 over last year. l Farm Bureau members and supporters raised over $15,000 to develop 10 interactive Imagination Stations to share agriculture’s story. l The MFB Foundation presented two Paul Stark Scholarships for the first time. l County Farm Bureau leaders through the MFB Foundation County Board Challenge and the Golden County Challenge, donated $9,060 dollars which was an increase of 66 percent over last year. l Six Scholarships and 21 organizations received funding from MFB Foundation, totaling more than $34,000.


Director’s Letter

GOLDEN cHALLENGE County boards that have donated $300 to the Foundation celebrating 30 years! Counties in gold.

2106 Mfb foundation country board cHALLENGE

At the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation, we take strength from our past and use it toward new and lasting change for the people of our state. In the future, we will play an even larger role in solving the challenges facing Minnesota by preparing the next generation of leaders, funding innovation in our communities and ensuring a healthy environment in our homes and on our farms. Ruth This year, we are Meirick pleased to highlight the MFB completion of 10 new “My American Farm Foundation Imagination Stations,” a Director technology-based resource that connects students to agriculture using an interactive gaming platform. It allows us hands-on learning to connect youth and families to agriculture. I invite you to read more about the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation’s accomplishments in the following pages. We believe that when people and organizations work together to find solutions, we can generate prosperity. The MFB Foundation allows us to make personal connections which make the questions and answers more than facts and figures. None of this would be possible without our passionate volunteers and donors who partner with us each day to make certain our future is bright for agriculture. To this we say thank you.

County boards that have donated $10 per person. Counties in blue.

County Board Challenge and Golden Challenge Counties Thank you to the counties who took on the challenge of being recognized as a “Golden County Farm Bureau” this past year. Those counties donated $300 to the MFB Foundation in recognition of the Foundation’s 30-year anniversary. Counties could also participate in the County Board of Directors Challenge which recognized them for a $10 donation per board member. This year we had a 66 percent increase in funds raised with this program, and a 16 percent increase in county participation. County Farm Bureaus listed below with asterisk are Golden County Farm Bureaus. Anoka County* Benton/Mille Lacs County* Big Stone County* Blue Earth County Brown County Carver County Cass County Chippewa County* Chisago County Clay County Cottonwood County Crow Wing County* Dakota County* East Otter Tail County Faribault County Freeborn County

Goodhue County Houston County* Jackson County Kanabec/Isanti County* Kittson County* Lac qui Parle* Le Sueur County Lincoln County Lyon County* Mahnomen County Martin County* McLeod County Meeker County* Morrison County* Mower County* Nicollet County Norman County Northwest Regional

PROGRAM SERVICES Youth & Leadership 11.9%

Partner Outreach 19.7% 3.6% Public Image

Olmsted County* Pine County Pope County* Rice County Sibley County Steele County Swift County* Wabasha County Waseca County Washington/ Ramsey County* Watonwan County West Otter Tail County* West Polk County Wright County* Yellow Medicine

Special Projects


Contribu ons Other 17%

PROGRAM INCOME Special Projects 3

14.6% 6%


Member Contribu ons


Paul Stark Memorial Scholarship Al Christopherson Scholarship

EACH YEAR THE Minnesota Farm Bureau Founda on presents deserving students from Farm Bureau families with a $500 Al Christopherson Scholarship. Recipients are college juniors or seniors or in their final year of college. This year’s recipients were Megan Williams-Lyon County; Erin Larson-Waseca County; Rebecca Church-Washington-Ramsey County and Ka e Schmi -Benton/Mille Lacs County.

Imagination Stations

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Founda on raised over $15,000 to create 10 My American Farm Imagina on Sta on display/kiosks for county Farm Bureaus to use in county and state events. The Imagina on kiosks are a collec on of online educa onal games developed by the American Farm Bureau Founda on for Agriculture. The kiosks bring the farm to life on iPads for families to learn more about agriculture.


Kiosks are available for groups or individuals to rent free of charge. Each display comes with an iPad loaded with the My American Farm games, an adjustable stand or stand and a pull-up banner. Thank you to Minnesota Soybean Research & Promo on Council for their support of this project.








THIS YEAR, THE Minnesota Farm Bureau Founda on presented its first two $500 Paul Stark Memorial Scholarships to college freshmen or sophomores. This year’s recipients were Rebekah Aanerud-Stevens County and Abbey Weninger-Wright County.

Investing in Leadership Development







One of Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Founda on’s priori es iden fied within its mission is leadership development. Below is a list of the programs supported this year by the MFB Founda on that work to develop leadership. • MFBF Leadership Conference • Collegiate Discussion Meet • MFBF Leadership Summer Tour • Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture • Minnesota FFA Founda on Star Partner

Foundation Awards

THE MINNESOTA FARM Bureau Founda on recognized and awarded outstanding agricultural professionals during the Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Annual Mee ng. Pictured le to right are: Ag Communicator of the Year-Courtnay Doyle, Extension

Educator of the Year-Nathan Winter, FFA Advisor of the Year-Brad Harguth, and Post-Secondary Educator of the Year-Don Hermanson.


The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation awarded nearly $40,000 in Agricultural Promotion grants and contributions to 53 county Farm Bureaus in 2016. The Foundation supports agriculture and safety education and leadership programs. Much of the work done is to improve perceptions of agriculture among urban and rural populations and increase understanding of agriculture and its importance in our lives and to our economy.

Grant Highlights

Renville County Recycling Farm Bureau Awareness Renville County Farm Bureau (RCFB) helped raise awareness of recycling opportunities available in the county while using the project to elevate the awareness to the general public about many of the current environmental stewardship acts that farmers and ranchers are doing every day. One of the main focus areas of opportunity was to work with county 4-Hers at the county fair. This program focused on the MN Farmers CARE about the Environment.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation is a proud sponsor of the following programs:

Foundation Supporting Rural Minnesota

• AFSA High School Farm & Community Service Days • Christensen Farms Stage at the Minnesota State Fair • Dairy Showcase – Minnesota State Fair • Farm Camp Minnesota • Gopher Dairy Club • Inver Hills Community College – Ag Science Program • MARL (Minnesota Agriculture & Rural Leadership) • Midwest Dairy Association - Princess Kay • Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom • Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators • Minnesota Agri-Women • Minnesota Beef Expo • Minnesota FFA Foundation • Minnesota 4-H Foundation • Minnesota Jr Spring Classic • Minnesota Jr Holstein Association • Minnesota State Fair – Minnesota History & Heritage Center • Moo Booth – Minnesota State Fair • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Ag Awareness Day • University of Minnesota - Twin Cities CFANS Alumni Society • University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Minnesota Royal

Giving Options

Dedicated to connecting consumers to farmers and serving rural communities.

Carver County Farm Bureau

Meat Carver County Farm Bureau (CCFB) partnered with the Science Environmental Biology Class at the Waconia High School where students participated in a variety of meat science related experiences including current meat processing methods, GMO and non-GMO research projects, types and cuts of meats, and non-traditional preparation methods including smoking and grilling. Students addressed the importance of understanding the process of meat productions and options for consumers. Understanding GMO and nonGMO food sources, types and cuts of meat and their possibilities for consumption and non-traditional methods of preparation to make a less desirable cut taste better. This program focused on MN Farmers CARE about their food. 6

There are several ways to make a tax deductible contribution to the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. For more information on the donation programs contact Ruth Meirick at or 651-768-2115. l Gift of Grain (donation of commodities) l Century Club l Memorials or Tributes l Deferred or planned giving (wills and bequests, life insurance, remainder interest) l Outright gifts (cash, securities, real estate) l Endowments


innesota farmers feed families, fuel the economy, care about their communities and are stewards of the environment. They are telling their story. Marytina Farming Today empowers Lawrence Speak for Yourself farmers to tell their stories Program in their own words. Farmers Coordinator are trained to speak about why they do what they do, address issues in agriculture and present real-life stories. The program connects farmers with opportunities to speak to community and civic organizations, businesses, family and consumer science (FACS) and agricultural classrooms. Farmers share their real stories and audiences benefit from firsthand accounts of people on the front lines of agriculture. “Encouraging farmers and ranchers to share their own story is important because so many consumers don’t know a lot about agriculture,” said Marytina Lawrence, Minnesota Farm Bureau Farming Today coordinator and speaker participant. “This program not only teaches people where their food comes from, but also how agriculture is vital to our communities and the world.” As the public has moved to urban and suburban areas, people are increasingly removed from American agriculture, oftentimes between 3-5 generations removed from the farm. The Minnesota Farm Bureau initiated the Farming Today program in 2010 to bridge the communication gap between consumers and farmers. “As consumers, we all benefit from firsthand awareness of the care and passion that farm families put into feeding families, and the support they deserve in accomplishing that feat,” said Lawrence. “Farmers aren’t always comfortable talking about themselves, but if you’re not telling your story, someone else will tell it for you. When you can look somebody in the eye and say ’this is why I do what I do,’ it always is impactful.” More Information To learn more about Farming Today (Speak for Yourself is internal name), visit or contact Marytina Lawrence, coordinator at 763-273-6981 or Schedule a Presentation Do you know someone who should meet a farmer through a Farming Today presentation? Do you know someone in a service organization (Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, etc.), in a MOMS or MOPS group, who is a FACS or agriculture teacher, at a food manufacturing company or in other groups that would be interested in or benefit from hearing from a farmer? Contact Barbara Dodson, Farming Today scheduler at 800-711-0747, ext. 222 or Thank You The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Farming Today (Speak for Yourself) program is made possible by a generous partnership with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota’s Farm Credit organizations including AgStar Financial Services, United FCS, AgCountry and AgriBank, Minnesota Beef Council, CHS, Riverview LLC, Minnesota Turkey Growers and Conservis.

Funds will be used for programs focused on agriculture educa on, safety educa on and leadership development.

Annual Meeting Auction

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Fundraisers

The MFB Foundation live auction was held following the awards banquet at the MFBF Annual Meeting. County Farm Bureaus and leaders donated items to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for agricultural education, safety education, leadership development programs and the newest Foundation program, the My American Farm Imagination Stations.The auction raised nearly $15,000.

Golf Outing The MFB Foundation Golf Scramble was held at River Oaks Golf Course near Cottage Grove on June 28 raising $14,100.

Pork Chops— a Farmfest Must For the 16th year in a row, the Minnesota Farm Bureau, served grilled pork chops during Farmfest. Profits of more than $12,000 which support agriculture safety education, agriculture leadership development and agriculture research programs were raised. This annual event held in early August is successful because of the many great volunteers and sponsorship partners who join and provide resources at the MFB Foundation Pork Chop Stand. The MFB Foundation held its first Annual Sporting Clays Tournament at Caribou Gun Club near LeSueur on July 22 raising $3,715 dollars. “ “The Sporting Clays Tournament was a fun way to show off our skills while also supporting a great cause. We are excited to watch this event grow in the years to come!” —Sporting Clays Sporting tournament Clays participant. Tournament


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MISS AMERICA 2016 Be y Cantrell viewed the progress of the First Peas to the Table Contest during her trip to Minnesota in May. Cantrell partnered with the American Farm Bureau Founda on for Agriculture to help teach students the importance healthy lifestyles and knowing where their food comes from.

Photo by Ma Addington

Connecting Consumers to Agriculture

Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell works with Farm Bureau’s First Peas to the Table Contest Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell and Julie Tesch, executive director of the American Farm Bureau (AFB) Foundation for Agriculture, visited Sibley Elementary in Northfield, Minnesota on May 9 to see firsthand what students were learning from the First Peas to the Table Contest. This new national school competition encouraged children in kindergarten through fifth grade to plant, raise and harvest peas this past spring and was a partnership between the two organizations. Cantrell and Tesch were interested in visiting the classrooms in Northfield that were participating to see what students were learning from the contest firsthand. Classrooms participating include: Sibley Elementary Kindergarten – Mrs. Downs and 3rd grade – Mrs. Johnson; St. Dominics 3rd grade and Northfield Montessori Kindergarten. “American Farm Bureau does so much for agriculture and our farmers in America,” said Cantrell. “When I realized how much they do for our youth and helping them to realize where their food comes from, then it just made sense to partner with the American Farm Bureau Foundation because those youth are the future of America.” The contest highlights the AFB Foundation’s Book of the Year, “First Peas to the Table,” by Susan Grigsby. The AFB Foundation created the contest to help students understand the importance of healthy foods and agriculture in their everyday lives and to increase their understanding of how plants grow. The student team that grew the greatest amount of peas (measured in cups) using no more than 20 pea seeds during the official contest period was declared the winner. The winning class was a third grade from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. “We were excited to work with Miss America on her platform ’Healthy Children, Strong America’ to help spread the word about agriculture and food, fiber and fuel production,” said Tesch. The contest ran March 1 - May 16. To learn more visit CONTINUED ON PAGE 11 l l l

Photo by Ma Addington

WHILE IN MINNESOTA, Miss America 2016 Be y Cantrell visited Wolf Creek Dairy, owned and by the Liebenstein family near Dundas. Cantrell grew up on a peach and pecan farm in Georgia. While in Minnesota, she was able to learn about corn, soybeans, peas and dairy produc on. Pictured from le to right are Barb and Paul Liebenstein, Cantrell and Mary Liebenstein.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH the American Farm Bureau Founda on for Agriculture, Miss America 2016 Be y Cantrell launched the First Peas to the Table contest in February to promote the AFBFA Book of the Year “First Peas to the Table” and Miss America’s pla orm, “Healthy Children, Strong America.” Pictured below are Mrs. Johnson’s 3rd grade and Mrs. Down’s kindergarten classes at Sibley Elementary in Northfield, Northfield Montessori Kindergarten and representa ves from St. Dominic’s 3rd grade that par cipated in the contest. Photo by Ma Addington


l l l CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 In conjunction with the contest, AFB Foundation and the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation encouraged educators to invite local farmers and ranchers to speak in their classrooms about food production and the importance of agriculture. School Assembly and Book Donation During an all school assembly at Sibley Elementary on May 9, Cantrell spoke on her platform Healthy Children, Strong America and read the AFB Foundation’s Book of the Year, “First Peas to the Table,” by Susan Grigsby. As part of the assembly, the “First Peas to the Table” book signed by Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell was donated to the elementary schools in Northfield and the Northfield Public Library. The books were sponsored by Faribault Foods and the Butter Kernel brand through a Photo by Ma Addington donation to the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) FARGAZE FARMS in Northfield showed Miss America 2016 Be y Cantrell a Foundation. pea field for processing before giving her a tour of their farm and a ride in Students in the classrooms participating in the First one of their tractors. Cantrell was also able to see different technologies Peas to the Table Contest also received the book used on the farm, and how they help with farm efficiency. The farm is autographed by Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell. owned and run by Brian, Bruce and Chris Peterson and their families. The Dakota County Farm Bureau (DCFB) also donated Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Book Bundles to each school that participated in the contest in Bureau President Kevin Paap, Minnesota Corn Growers Past their county in recognition of the students efforts and as an ongoing President and farm tour host Bruce Peterson, Midwest Dairy learning opportunity. DCFB utilized their MFB Foundation Ag Association board member and farm tour host Barb Liebenstien, Promotion Grant for this project. Minnesota Beef Council board member Katie Brenny, Minnesota FFA Association 2015-2016 State Reporter Madison Taylor, 4-Hers Farm Visits in Dakota and Rice Counties, Minnesota Pork Board Chair Kevin In addition, to the school visit, Cantrell toured FarGaze Farms Estrem, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council board near Northfield to learn about corn, soybeans, pigs, cattle, peas for member Keith Schrader, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association processing and renewable fuels. She also met with agricultural past president John Zimmerman and many other guests. leaders and toured Wolf Creek Dairy near Dundas. To learn more about Cantrell’s visit to Minnesota go to Special guests meeting with Cantrell during the tours included or or Princess Kay of the Milky Way Kyla Mauk, Minnesota Farm bureau-news.

2016 Donor Recognition Levels Benefactor’s Society ($10,000 or greater)

Ruby ($1,000-$2,499)

AgriBank AgStar Financial Services CHS Conservis FBL Financial Group, Inc Minnesota Beef Council Minnesota Corn Growers Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa on Minnesota Soybean Research & Promo on Council United FCS

Al and Diane Christopherson Arthur Chapman Ke ering Smetak & Pikala PA Carolyn and Jonathan Olson Charlie Wes all Faribault Foods and the Bu er Kernel brand Glenn L Krog Gunnink and Gunnink Inc Kevin and Julie Paap Kevin and Nancy Dahlman Mark and Cindy Maiers Sander and Peggy Ludeman Stevens County Farm Bureau S ch, Angell, Kreidler, Unke & Sca ergood PA Wanda Stark Ziegler CAT

Patron’s Society Diamond ($5,000-$9,999) Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. Riverview LLP - West Central Ini a ve Trust

Emerald ($2,500-$4,999) AgCountry Farm Credit Services Christensen Farms Gislason & Hunter Minnesota Turkey Research and Promo on Council

Contributor’s Society Gold Contributor ($500-$999) Amina Baum Benton/Mille Lacs County Farm Bureau Carver County Farm Bureau


Chad Larson City Auto Glass Co onwood County Farm Bureau Dave and Amy Johnson Donald and Geraldine Diekmann Doug Busselman DuPont Pioneer Goodhue County Farm Bureau Jay Hanson Miles and Sarah Kuschel Minnesota State Ca lemen’s Associa on Olmsted County Farm Bureau Paul Davis Restora on Rajkowski Hansmeier LTD Ross and Dixie Boring ServiceMaster Clean Servpro Co age Grove - Woodbury Shayne and Denise Isane Total Administra ve Services Corpora on Washington/Ramsey County Farm Bureau Wright County Farm Bureau



Allen and Janet Saunders Andy and Heather Aanerud APPS - Portamedic Associated Milk Producers Inc Benne and Gloria Osmonson Blue Earth County Farm Bureau Bob and Jill Roelofs Bradley and Rochelle Krusemark Bruce and Ann Tiffany Carlton and Judy Gustafson Cass County Farm Bureau Channel Seeds Charles and Leah Radman Charles D Amberg



Bronze ($100-$249)



Al Honermann AMPI Anoka County Farm Bureau Big Stone County Farm Bureau Bruce and Kim Brenden Chad Ho eck Ag Services LLC Chippewa County Farm Bureau Chris and Mary Radatz Crow Wing County Farm Bureau Dakota County Farm Bureau Dale and Nada Carter Daniel J Pumper Agency Inc Eric Watson Farmers Business Network Fast Seed and Precision Gerald Hanson Hennepin County Farm Bureau Houston County Farm Bureau IDEAg Group LLC John and Patricia Juusola Jon Guentzel Kanabec/Isan County Farm Bureau Kevin Bock Ki son County Farm Bureau Kleven Law Office PA Krusemark Farms Inc Lac qui Parle County Farm Bureau Land O’ Lakes Larry and Sharon Larson Le Sueur County Farm Bureau Legend Seeds Lyon County Farm Bureau Mark and Mary Davis Founda on Mar n County Farm Bureau Meeker County Farm Bureau Mike and Connie Gunderson Mike and Karen Wojahn Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Inc. Minnesota Pork Board Morrison County Farm Bureau Mower County Farm Bureau Nathan and Jessi Collins Norman and Ruth Eickhoff Paul Davis Restora on - Duluth Pope County Farm Bureau Robert and Ruth Shepard Ron and Barbara Kuechle RoseCo, Inc Ruth Meirick Sco and Jean Winslow Sco County Farm Bureau Sibley County Farm Bureau South St. Paul Gun Club Stempel and Doty PLC Swi County Farm Bureau Tim and Pam Uhlenkamp Tony Dahl West O er Tail County Farm Bureau

Chisago County Farm Bureau Cragun’s Resort Craig Lichtsinn Craig and Sarah Nord Cur s Kuehl Daryl and Yvonne Simon Dave and Julie Marquardt Dean and Carol Christopherson Debora White Dennis and JoAnn Schmidt Dennis and Judy Wulf Donavon and Janeva Stromberg East O er Tail County Farm Bureau Ed and Shirley Frederick Eric and Suzanne Kuehl Faribault County Farm Bureau Fillmore County Farm Bureau Four Hands Holsteins Inc Fran and Mary Miron Gary Larson Glen and Melinda Groth Glen and Valree Graff Goerge and Mary Peichel Greg and Charity Vold Greg and Mary Bartz Guy and Lyne e Koehl Henry and Mildred Hay Hiniker Farms Inc Home Place Dairy Jared and Sara Preston Jeremy and Heidi Geske Joe and April Sullivan Joel and Amanda Mathiowetz John and Debra Chute Jon and Jill Zieroth Judy and Steve Pilcher Kevin Meyer Kris n and Steve Harner Kurt Blomgren Lawrence and Jane Thell Loren and Hollie Molenaar Maple Leaf Acres Mark and Lenae Harless Mark Consoer Mauer Chevrolet McLeod County Farm Bureau Michelle DeGeest Minnesota FFA Founda on Nicollet County Farm Bureau Nobles County Farm Bureau Norman and Kathy Varner Northwest Regional Farm Bureau Paul and Jodi Dragseth Pete and Carrie Bakken Peter and Suzanne Steen Ron and Lori Pagel Ronald Mills Safeway Agency Inc Sco Lankow ScriptSave Servpro of Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Hibbing Stanley and Linda Whitney Steele County Farm Bureau Steven Schoenfeld Stubbe and Associates United Prairie Bank Vernon and Dorothy Hedlin Waseca County Farm Bureau Wensman Seeds


Silver ($250-$499)


Alpha Stanke Amanda and Brad Durow Amanda and Josh Revier Amber Hanson Annabelle Hinders Arnie and Kiplyn Nelson Barry and Sandra Nelson Ben and Eleanor Adrian Beverly J Bartz Brad and Lindsey Lanoue Brian and Carolyn Kanne Brown County Farm Bureau Bud and DeeDee Pa erson Chad Johnson Charles and Gloria Ruen Charles and Yvonne Erickson Clay County Farm Bureau Dan and Kim Lippert Daniel and Lavonne Nicolai Darvey Sloan Delmer and Dorothy Herrmann DelRay and Judy Johnson Dennis and Kathryn Sabel Dennis and Monica Sleiter Don and LuElla Young Donald and Nancy Jo Nord Donald Albrecht Doug and JoAnn Lawrence Doug and TaLana Mathiowetz Duane Alberts Erickson Seed Supply Ervin and Nelda Schlich ng Field Seed Farms Fred Hanson Freeborn County Farm Bureau Garfield and Marjorie Eckberg Gene and Pamela Stengel General Mills - YourCause, LLC Glen and Gail Kaschmi er Hagie Manufacturing Company Hansen Agri-Commodi es Henrik and Ruth Hendrickson Henry and Albie Walsh Howard Prushek Hugh Bergeland Jackson County Farm Bureau Jean Voelz Jerome and Helen Holker Jerril and Nancy Andrews Jim Checkel Jim Harrimann Joe and Evelyn Stransky Joe and Staci Mar n John and Cheryl Gilbertson John and Joyce Meister Joyce Welander June Volkert Jus n and Jenna Roelofs Keith and Morgan Allen Kenneth and Lois Quast KEYC Mankato KTM Seeds Lance and Rachel Daberkow LaVonne Ziemann Layne and Cory Ebeling Lincoln County Farm Bureau Lucas and Alise Sjostrom LuVerne Erickson Mahnomen County Farm Bureau

Friends of the Founda on ($5-$99) Adam Anderson Adolph and LaVonne Bernardy AgQuest Financial Services Inc Alan L Johnson Alfred Mayer Allen and Marie Walter


Marcy Kvi em Mark and Sara Hewi Marvin Johnson Maynard and Mary Jagodzinske Melva J Stokes Michael Schneider Mike Barre Nelson Traits and Seed Inc Nienow Acres LLC Norman County Farm Bureau O. Vinkemeier Pat Bakeberg Paul and Cindy Torkelson Paul and Kristy Miron Paul and Ruth Lanoue Pete and Jenni Henslin Phillip and Kaylene Li le Pine County Farm Bureau PJ Aarsvold PTI - Professional Training Ins tute of America Quen n and Marian Kleinwort Randy Hanson Redwood County Farm Bureau Rice County Farm Bureau Richard and Eileen Leino Richard Boniface and Juanita Reed-Boniface Riley and Brandie Maanum Robert Asfeld Roger and Linda Sauerbrey Roger Zastrow Ronald and Bernice Schultz Ryan and Paula Haraldson Sibley Seeds Sogge Tax Service, Inc Steven and Rebecca Kruse Theresia and Keith Gillie Virginia M Bissen Wabasha County Farm Bureau Walter Prigge Watonwan County Farm Bureau West Polk County Farm Bureau William and Maxine Daly Willis and Sharon Hinkeldey Yellow Medicine County Farm Bureau

In Memorial The following individuals made dona ons in memorial of friends and family in the past year. Alice Winslow - Greg and Mary Bartz Bi y Ann Hendrickson - Henrick and Ruth Hendrickson Kenneth Olson - Jonathon and Carolyn Olson Kenneth Olson - Fran and Mary Ann Miron Kenneth Olson - Wanda Stark Marie Greeley - Paul and Cindy Torkelson Rev. Roy Gustafson - Greg and Mary Bartz Ruth E. Pike - Richard and Claire Field Wayne Knutson - Steele County Farm Bureau

ThanktoYou the Foundation MFB Foundation, Thank you for your support your organization has done and continues to do for youth and agriculture. John Nesseth MFB Foundation, Thank you MFB Foundation for sponsoring the champion judging contest award at the Minnesota Beef Expo. I have been working very hard to achieve this. Thanks again for all of your support. Sincerely, Colton Raatz MFB Foundation, On behalf of the Inver Hills Community College Foundation, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for MFB Foundation’s recent donation. MFB’s contribution will be used to support the A3 for Agricultural Science Program. We appreciate your support and commitment to the college, the foundation and our students. For over 45 years, our commitment has been to helping students succeed. With your help, we will continue to fulfill our mission well into the future. Sincerely, Gayle Morrison Executive Director Inver Hills Community College Foundation

MFB Foundation, Thank you for being a sponsor for the Minnesota Beef Expo. We traveled from North Dakota to attend and this was our first year. It is a great thing for all youth who love cattle. Your support will help to keep improving a great event. Kaitlin Geyer MFB Foundation, We are pleased to acknowledge your pledge payment. This is for the Minnesota State Fair Foundation’s History & Heritage Campaign. Our role is to support State Fair capital and program improvements in agriculture, art, history, environment and education. We have successfully completed the West End Market and History & Heritage Center where we tell much about the 160-year history of the Minnesota State Fair. We are continuing to add new exhibits to our museum and your ongoing support helps to accomplish those enhancements. Thank you. Sincerely, Kay Cady Executive Director

MFB Foundation, Thank you for the generous donation of MFB Foundation to the MARL Program. Your support truly makes a difference in the development of stronger agricultural and rural leaders. Sincerely, Olga Reuvekamp MFB Foundation, Thank you for your recent gift to the Minnesota Ag & Rural Leadership program through Southwest Minnesota State University and the University of Minnesota. Thank you for supporting the MARL program. The Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation is proud to be a partner in the Minnesota Ag & Rural Leadership Program. I would like to thank you for your generosity and continued support of the MARL program. Sincerely, Bill Mulso Executive Director MFB Foundation, Thank you for supporting youth finding their passion through many different areas as they participate in Minnesota

Champion Overall Individual Senior Division 4-H. The MFB Foundation’s gift increases the opportunities youth have in doing service learning projects, researching deeper into interest areas and providing scholarships for college. Every youth has a different experience in 4-H and each unique memory has the opportunity to build and foster a bright future. We appreciate you taking the time to think about the impact your gift has on each 4-H’er and making a commitment to the future leaders of our communities, state and country. Thank you for supporting the Minnesota 4-H Foundation and allowing opportunities for youth to learn, lead and succeed! Sincerely, Frank Mumford Director of Annual Giving

MFB Foundation, Thank you very much for sponsoring the judging contest awards at the Minnesota Beef Expo. I enjoy cattle judging very much and was happy to receive third with my teammates. I am glad I get to practice judging because those skills help me pick out my show heifer from my farm. Thanks again! Baleigh Peterson MFB Foundation, We appreciate the Minnesota Farm Bureau’s contribution to support Fuel Up to Play 60 Farm to School efforts in Minnesota. As requested, the funds will be used to defray the cost of program materials and dairy farmer/Princess Kay classroom visits that support school engagement this year’s Farm to School “Play.” We’re grateful that MFB Foundation continues to be an active partner in Fuel Up to Play 60! Sincerely, Kevin Stiles MFB Foundation, On behalf of Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) and its Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your 2015-2016 contribution. This donation will be used to support the many valuable agricultural literacy programs produced each year. Your

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l l l CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 contribution will enable us to reach thousands of students throughout the state. Regards, Joel Mathiowetz Foundation Executive Director MFB Foundation, Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge of plants and animals with our class. What a great experience for our city kids. It paired perfectly with our structures of life unit in science as well as the economics unit we just finished in social studies. Mrs. Jessy Granec 3rd grade Poplar Bridge Elementary MFB Foundation, Thank you to the MFB Foundation’s generous support of Minnesota 4-H! Taylor Homann Purple Ribbon Auction 2015 Minnesota State Fair MFB Foundation, Thank you so much for your generous sponsorship of the judging contest at this year’s Minnesota Beef Expo. We were excited to see another jump in participation this year. 118 kids judged in the individual contest, and there were 33 teams. We had some great volunteers that helped with tabulation and moving cattle. Overall, we thought it was a great success. We hope to work with you again and look forward to continuing this great livestock tradition in Minnesota! Thanks Again, Jamie Purfeerst MFB Foundation, Thank you so much for awarding me with the 2015 Al Christopherson


MFB Foundation, Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the MARL program and the development of leaders for the state of Minnesota. I appreciate your dedication and service. Thank you! Tim Hagl MARL Class VIII MFB Foundation, Thank you for Farm Bureau’s support of MARL. I hope you can see the benefits of MARL participation. We are fortunate to have you as a sponsor. Thanks, Betsy Jensen Class VIII MFB Foundation, Thank you for your generous donation towards the 2015 Minnesota State 4-H Dairy Showcase. I appreciate the opportunity to be recognized for the 5th year in a row as one of the top 25 4-Hers in the Minnesota 4-H dairy project. Over the years, I’ve learned the importance of taking the initiative to get involved because it has lead me to


Poultry Service Award Chris Hawkins great experiences. I wouldn’t have gotten to experience this otherwise. Thank you very much, Emily Pieper MFB Foundation, Thank you so much for your fantastic support that comes in so many ways. We are so grateful! In this season of giving thanks, I want to tell you just how much your generosity and support is appreciated. Your gift helps ensure that thousands of our hungry neighbors can get the meals they need in the coming months. If you’re like most families in the heartland, you’ll sit down this holiday and enjoy a feast surrounded by loved ones. But the holidays place a unique burden on struggling individuals and families who are trying to pay the bills and still have something leftover for celebration and giving. Thanks to you, we can make the holidays a little brighter for our hungry neighbors. For every $1 donated, we distribute more than $8 worth of food and grocery products

to local food shelves, pantries and other partner programs which will serve meals to those in need this winter. From you friends at Second Harvest Heartland and on behalf of those we serve, thank you for providing hope to those who need it most. Best wishes to you and yours this holiday season. Sincerely, Rob Zeaske Chief Executive Officer MFB Foundation, Thank you for the generous contribution from the MFB Farm Bureau Foundation in support of the Minnesota Ag Rural Leadership (MARL) program. Because of your generosity, we are able to further develop ag leaders and invest in our future in Minnesota. With gratitude, Connie Gores SMSU President MFB Foundation, Thank you for honoring me with the Extension Educator of the Year award. I enjoyed attending the Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting banquet and the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. It was a great experience! As I stated earlier, I am happy to be recognized for my work at the local level. I take great pride in my work supporting farmers. Thank you, Nathan Winter University of Minnesota Extension

MFB Foundation, Thank you for sponsoring the award for the judging contest at the Minnesota Beef Expo. I was fortunate to win the junior contest. Without people like you, this event would not be possible. Thanks again, Shade Bunker MFB Foundation, Thank you for your support of agricultural education and the FFA in Minnesota. Contribution to the Minnesota FFA Foundation helps as we support thousands of young people across the state as they experience leadership programs and prepare for careers in agriculture. Your investment in the over 26,000 students enrolled in agricultural education makes a difference. Your support through the Minnesota FFA Foundation is important! Of the students served, 39 percent of them are from economically disadvantaged homes. The graduation rate for Minnesota students was 75.9 percent, but the graduation rate for students who have taken three or more classes in career and technical education, including agricultural education is 91.5 percent. That’s more than 10 percent better than the state average. 85 cents of every dollar goes directly to agricultural education and FFA programs. Sincerely, LuAnn K. Schloesser Program Director



Scholarship. Your continuous support of youth in agriculture is greatly appreciated. Currently, I am a junior at the University of Minnesota majoring in agricultural communications and marketing. I am also pursuing minors in animal science and digital design. Your generosity will help me as I work toward a career that will allow me to give back to the agricultural community which has provided me with so many opportunities. Thanks again! Sincerely, Becky Church








l l l CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 MFB Foundation, On behalf of the GENYOUth Foundation, I want to thank you for your generous contribution to be used for FUTP60 Farm to School/Princess Kay programs. Because of your generosity, funds will be awarded to eligible schools and districts to empower youth to consume nutrientrich foods and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. The GENYOUth Foundation is thrilled to partner with the National Dairy Council and the NFL to fight childhood obesity and further the mission of our Foundation. GENYOUth is committed to creating a movement to change behavior. Simple choices can make a world of difference in a child’s life. We are extremely grateful that the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation is supporting our efforts. It starts with you! Sincerely, Daniel Chavka Chief Financial Officer MFB Foundation, Thank you for your contribution to Kids Against Hunger – Cambridge. Your donations and your involvement does make a difference here in our own backyard as we help supply 17 local foodshelves with Kids Against Hunger food. You are also helping feed the hungry overseas. We are aware of tremendous needs in countries like Liberia, Ukraine, Nepal as well as the ongoing needs of Haiti and the Philippines. Two weeks ago, we shipped 8 pallets (57,000

meals) of our nutritious food to Ukraine in an ongoing effort by a local church to help with the refugee crisis there. Your contribution helps make food a reality for many who struggle with hunger. Look for some exciting new changes this year as we continue in the war on world and local hunger. Thanks again. Sincerely, Jeff Boyum Director, KAH Cambridge MFB Foundation, I would like to take some time and say thank you for sponsoring the extemporaneous speaking contest. I love this contest. For one thing, it’s pretty much a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you’ll get. (Forrest Gump line.) Part of the uncertainty of the competition just gives me a rush. The FFA and myself are so grateful for sponsor like you, because where else can I start my speech with the “I want the truth” lines from A Few Good Men. FFA has provided me a new start among many other opportunities. This year, I plan on exposing these opportunities to my fellow chapter members as chapter co-president. Thank you for your sponsorship. You have an impact in so many lives and are shaping the country, ag and FFA for the better. Samuel Moenning MFB Foundation, Thank you for your generous donation. The trip wouldn’t have happened without your

MN Beef Expo

help. We brought a great group of 26 FFA members to Minneapolis/St. Paul, and we all had a pretty fun time at the University of Minnesota campus during convention. This was my first time going to state and I competed in floriculture. I plan to qualify and advance to state next year. Thank you, Kylie Borgen, MFB Foundation, I would like to thank you for your generous donation to the Minnesota FFA Association. Without your support of FFA, our state convention would not have been as impactful as it was. With your continued support, Minnesota FFA can continue to grow and improve. Thank you again, Clay Newton Minnesota State FFA Treasurer MFB Foundation, I would like to thank the MFB Foundation for their help and support of the Minnesota State FFA Association. It is because of people like you that students have a lot more opportunities than they would otherwise. Again thank you! John Dessonville Canby, Minnesota FFA MFB Foundation, Thank you for sponsoring the Reserve Champion oral reasons individual plaque at the Minnesota State Fair. Your support is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Cal Schultz MFB Foundation, Thank you so much for sponsoring an award for the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. I learned a lot in the last year through this Career Development Event. I will use these skills I have gained for my career in the future. Thanks, Nick Aarsvold


Reserve Champion Oral Reasons Team

Extemporaneous Speaking Contest MFB Foundation, Thank you so much for your generous donation to Farm Camp Minnesota. Your support to our program is really appreciated. Together, we can make this a fun, educational experience to help children have a better understanding and appreciation for farming and agriculture. Thanks much! Farm Camp Minnesota MFB Foundation, Thank you for your financial contribution to Gopher Dairy Camp. This year, we were able to attend a St. Paul Saints game, tour a milking goat farm and attend many workshops. We appreciate your continued support of camp! Much thanks, Nicole Krumrie Gopher Dairy Camp Co-Chair MFB Foundation, Thank you for sponsoring the Reserve Champion oral reasons team plaque at the Minnesota State Fair. Your support is greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Rice County Judging Team: Hank and Cal Schultz, Riley Donkers and Lexi Wetzel

MFB Foundation, Thank you for sponsoring the 2016 Reserve Champion senior swine team award at the Minnesota State Livestock Judging Contest. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Livestock judging is a super thing that teaches us lots of different skills. Thanks again! Sincerely, Pipestone County 4-H Livestock Judging Team: Morgan Moeller, Sam Bobendrier and Mitch Bobendrier MFB Foundation, Thank you so much for the beautiful award. It is truly the icing on the cake for a wonderful experience. I will treasure this for years. I am so excited to have the chance to represent Minnesota at the national convention this fall in Indiana. Thanks Again, Miranda

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation

Century Club The mission of the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation is to provide opportunities for supporters of agriculture to invest in people and programs focused on supporting active farmers and agriculturalists, better connecting agriculture to consumers and serving rural communities. The MFB Foundation is poised to do just that. In preparation of celebrating MFB’s 100th Anniversary, we invite you to join the MFB Century Club, a fundraising campaign to commemorate the past and celebrate the future of the MFB. This fund will assist in the development of programs and endeavors that encourage leadership development, agriculture education and outreach to an increasingly non-farm culture. Your support of the MFB Foundation through the Century Club will ensure unification of past, present and future leaders of the organization behind a common mission – preserving our way of life by ensuring the development of leaders equipped to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Join the Century Club Today with a contribution of $1,000 or a pledge totaling $1,000.

Century Club Members



Pacesetters Nada Carter

Norman Eickhoff Dave Johnson Miles Kuschel Ruth Meirick Chris Radatz Robert Roelofs Robert Shepard






P.O. Box 64370 St. Paul, MN 55164 651-768-2100 Fax: 651-768-2159 info@

Carolyn Olson Kevin Paap The Stark Family Charles Westfall


For more information, contact Ruth Meirick, Director Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation PO Box 64370 St. Paul, MN 55164 651-768-2115

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