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MFB Foundation Board of Directors

Your Support Improves Lives

or over 30 years, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation has provided resources and built relationships. We are committed to our mission of providing opportunities for supporters of agriculture to invest in people and programs focused on supporting active farmers and others involved in agriculture, better connecting agriculture to consumers and serving rural communities. The Foundation is a steward of the resources that our donors give, but we Kevin Paap also have a significant influence beyond President the dollars that are donated to the Minnesota Foundation or distributed from. The Farm Bureau influence is in the relationships that we Foundation build with consumers, educators, children learning about farming and ranching and key influencers. Towards the end of this review, there are expressions of gratitude, from these relationships, that tell a greater story of our work, and how the work we do impacts lives Kevin Paap, President every day. The Foundation has continued Dan Glessing, Vice President and enhanced its efforts on Chris Radatz, Secretary agricultural education and safety education both with consumers Dave Johnson, Treasurer and youth and continued education and leadership Keith Allen opportunities for farm and ranch Robert Roelofs families. These local outreach Carolyn Olson opportunities are supported by Nathan Collins our Agricultural Promotion Grant Fran Miron program, now in its 15th year, Miles Kuschel which provides $40,000 to county Shayne Isane Farm Bureaus to support Peter Bakken consumer outreach activities such Jeff Pagel as Breakfast on the Farms, work in classrooms, tours and

incorporating agriculture activities in community events. The Foundation believes strongly in investing in today’s youth for tomorrow’s leaders by investing in educational and leadership development opportunities for them. During the last 19 years, the Foundation awarded over $180,000 in scholarships and grants that fund programs and projects designed to help improve agriculture and the quality of life for rural Minnesota. We have touched the lives of thousands of Minnesotans through our focus on agricultural education, safety education, leadership development and scholarships. The Foundation continues to actively develop and promote programs that benefit rural Minnesota and its people. New and continuing programs and activities this past year included: n New Hunger Solutions Grants n New Rescue Tube Grant Program n Calendar Raffle n Sporting Clay Tournament fundraiser; n Imagination Stations; n Agriculture in the Classroom activities with a focus on expanding into schools that we have not traditionally visited n Outreach and increasing awareness around the opioid epidemic and promotion of Your continued support of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation is 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 supporting the MFB Foundation.

FOUNDATION HIGHLIGHTS n This year, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation raised more than $328,000 for programs that supported agriculture education, leadership development and safety education. n New this year, the MFB Foundation Hunger Solutions grants which assisted county Farm Bureaus with monetary donations to their local food shelves. The MFB Foundation donated $5,000 to this program and in turn county Farm Bureaus, along with partnerships created, donated more than $13,820 to local hunger programs.

n The Minnesota Farm Bureau announced their first Grain Bin Rescue Tube grant program. The program co-sponsored by Turtle Plastics offered 10 rebates of $500 to counties wishing to purchase a grain rescue tube for their local fire departments. n Fifty-four county Farm Bureaus utilized the Agriculture Promotion Grant program. Nearly $40,000 was awarded by the MFB Foundation to county Farm Bureaus wishing to develop local programs. n Over 10,000 prescription drug disposal kits were distributed to the public by Farm Bureau members. These kits were a part of the MFB Foundations awareness campaign on the Opioid Crisis in Rural America and their work and promotion of the website. In addition, a radio public service announcement and social media campaign and print media


advertisements ran reaching over 600,000 Minnesotans about Farm Town Strong. n The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation in partnership with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Inspectors have reprinted the Agriculture Transportation Handbook with state and federal statutes, rules and exemptions for transporting agricultural goods on highways. Copies of the handbook are available free of charge through the MFB Foundation. For your copy of this transportation handbook, contact Rachael (Rostad) Peterson at rachael.rostad@ For an online version go to under programs click on “Ag Transportation Handbook.”





Lake of the Woods

Northwest Regional Roseau Marshall Pennington



Red Lake Cook Arrowhead Regional

West Polk

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Headwaters Regional

Itasca Cass

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Aitkin - Carlton Wadena

Crow Wing

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Big Stone

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

Kanabec Isanti

Sherburne Chisago Swift

Kandiyohi Meeker

Hennepin WashingtonRamsey

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Yellow Medicine Lincoln

Dakota Scott


Lyon Redwood


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Thank you to the counties that donated this past year to the 2018 County Farm Bureau Challenge. The challenge recognizes county Farm Bureaus that donated $10 per board member. Learn more at Anoka County Becker 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 Douglas County East Otter Tail County East Polk County Faribault County Grant County Hennepin County Houston County Jackson County Kanabec/Isanti County Kandiyohi County Kittson County Lincoln County

Lyon County Mahnomen County Martin County McLeod County Meeker County Mower County Nicollet County Norman County Northwest Regional Olmsted County Pine County Pipestone County Pope County Rice County Sherburne County Sibley County Swift County Wabasha County Washington/Ramsey County Watonwan County West Otter Tail County West Polk County Winona County Wright County Yellow Medicine County





nce again, I get the chance to reflect on the year and think about the successes of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. Nothing happens without people, their time and their resources. There is not an idea, program or plan that would grow without the gift of people, Ruth and their desire to give to what Meirick they believe in. Minnesota The act of giving is deeply Farm Bureau Foundation personal and inherently Director rewarding, especially when you know that your generosity is having the impact that you desire. Every gift helps the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation to do something that might not otherwise be possible from supporting student scholarships to funding programs in communities to donating equipment to local fire departments. It is all so needed and deeply appreciated by all who receive. We also believe that when county Farm Bureaus and people work together to find solutions, we can generate prosperity in ways we never imagined. Whether it’s creating an environment for young leaders to succeed, creating constructive dialogue about food production or having complex conversations about keeping our families safe, good things happen when people work together. As you page through this annual review, know that these things happen because of people like you. We are proud of our accomplishments and the partnerships that we have, and we have deep gratitude to all those who dedicate their time and money to help the Foundation grow. With the help from many individuals, organizations and business partners, the Foundation continues to contribute to agriculture education, agricultural research, farm safety and agricultural leadership programs. Looking forward to our future,


Al Christopherson Scholarship Paul Stark Memorial Scholarship EACH YEAR THE Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation awards two $500 Paul Stark Memorial Scholarships to deserving students from Farm Bureau families. Recipients are college freshman or sophomores. This year’s recipients are pictured, left to right, Madeline Weninger – Wright County and Karla Nelson – Pipestone County.

EACH YEAR THE Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation awards four $500 Al Christopherson Scholarships to deserving students from Farm Bureau families. Recipients are college juniors or seniors or in their final year of college. This year’s recipients are pictured left to right, Kenny Strobel – Blue Earth County, Abbey Weninger – Wright County, Kaylan Risacher – Carlton County and Tyler McAllister – Cass County.

MFB Foundation Partners with Turtle Plastics

This past year, the MFB Foundation in partnership with Turtle Plastics successfully implemented a new grant program which outfitted 10 fire departments with new grain rescue tubes. Farm Bureau counties had the opportunity to apply for a grant in the amount of $500 which they could apply toward the purchase. Counties receiving the grants this year include:


Mower County Winona County Houston County - 2 Watonwan County LeSueur County Wilkin County Chippewa County Steele County Olmsted County

GIVING OPTIONS Foundation Awards

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 ruth.meirick@ or 651-768-2115. n Gift of Grain (donation of commodities) n Century Club n Memorials or Tributes n Deferred or planned giving (wills and bequests, life insurance, remainder interest) n Outright gifts (cash, securities, real estate) n Endowments

THE MINNESOTA FARM BUREAU Foundation recognized and awarded outstanding agricultural professionals during Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting. Pictured left to right are Post-Secondary Educator of the Year – Bruce White of South Central College in Mankato, FFA Advisor of the Year – Seena Glessing, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted in Wright County and Agriculture Communicator of the Year – Jim Bartels of KNUJ in Brown County.

What will your legacy be? It’s been a good life, but it’s been a hard life. You finally have built something of value. Now it’s complicated. It seems it will be as much work to pass it on as it was to put it together. Is it important to you to provide for loved ones, promote your way of life and principals to future generations? The MFB Foundation has some ideas to help you consider ways to support the things you believe in, and pass down that family farm to the next generation. For more information contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or ruth.meirick@

The Minnesota Farm Bureau works strives to create programs that help our members to excel. Those programs include: • MFBF LEAP Conference • Collegiate Discussion Meet • MFBF Committee Tours • Minnesota 4-H • 4-H Science in Agriculture • Minnesota FFA Foundation Star Partner • YF&R Leadership Development Contests






Grant Highlights

The Foundation supports agriculture and safety education and leadership development programs.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation awarded nearly $40,000 in Agriculture Promotion grants and contributions to 54 county Farm Bureaus in 2018. Much of the work done is to increase understanding of agriculture among urban and rural populations and its importance in our lives. Below are two examples of these grant programs. Traverse County Farm Bureau, (pictured above) in honor of National Agriculture Week, worked with the Wheaton and Campbell-Tintah Elementary students in 3rd -5th grades to design and create posters with the theme “Farming is…” These posters were judged by the county Farm Bureau Board of Directors and displayed in the Traverse County Farm Bureau office window. Those winning the contest were awarded prize money. Clay County Farm Bureau (pictured left) purchased nine barn banners that were displayed at the Clay County Fair. These banners highlight fun facts, animal life cycle and how ranchers care for the environment and their animals. Each banner also features the “Wash-Toss-Walk” safety guide for staying safe in livestock barns. This is a great way to inform those attending livestock events about animal agriculture. Banners are available from American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture at

Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Fundraisers Funds for all fundraisers will be used for programs focusing on agricultural and education and leadership development. n The MFB Foundation held its third annual Sporting Clay Tournament at Wild Marsh Gun Club near Clear Lake on June 7 raising more than $4,400. Ten teams joined together to show off their skills while supporting a great cause. n The MFB Foundation Golf Scramble was held at river Oaks Golf Course near Cottage Grove on June 26 raising nearly $14,000. n For the 18th year in a row, the Minnesota Farm Bureau grilled pork chops during Farmfest with profits of more than $11,000. This annual event held in early August is successful because of the many great volunteers and sponsorship partners who join and provide resources to the MFB Foundation Pork Chop Stand. n The MFB Foundation 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 agriculture and safety education, leadership development programs and the new Hunger Solutions Grant program. The auction activities raised nearly $13,500.


The Opioid Crisis in Rural America


eeping our families safe has always been a focus of the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation. While we have traditionally thought of farm safety as opportunities to educate people about tractor roll overs or Power-Take-Off safety, we have come to know that our safety issues have become much more complex. While we need to continue to have the conversations about traditional farm safety, we need to expand the topic to mental health and opioid dependency. This past year the MFB Foundation partnered with PhRMA to help with our work on promoting the website. The website brings awareness and resources to rural Minnesota that help combat the opioid crisis. Along with the promotion of the website, we have also held meetings around the state having conversations with anyone who wants to help find solutions and discuss how the opioid crisis is impacting them. This is allowing the opportunity to share resources and learn from each other. Our work has been a result of the outreach and efforts led by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union on the website, and the staggering statistics that were gathered indicating that rural America had an opioid crisis. It is alarming when 74 percent farmers and farm workers say they have been directly impacted by the opioid epidemic and three out of four farmers say it is easy to access large amounts of opioids without a prescription. “Rural America needs to be at the table. Our rural communities are being impacted at levels higher than our urban areas, yet we are not at the table having the conversation,” said Ruth Meirick, MFB Foundation director. “So, the MFB Foundation is creating the conversation. We are working to bring awareness and resources to our communities, talking to people about ways to dispose of unused prescription drugs, providing opportunities for others to share their stories and learn from each other and creating conversations that there are avenues of help.” The MFB Foundation has also sought out opportunities to partner with organizations such as hospice, National Night Out, local social services, drug enforcement, county Farm Bureaus, 4-H and FFA.

Farm Safety Takes a Twist

Together, we’ll overcome the opioid epidemic through strong farmer-to farmer support and the resiliency of our communities. For a free copy of the Opioid Abuse in Rural Minnesota County Farm Bureau Resource Guide visit or for free DeTerra prescription medicine disposal kits contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or ruth.meirick@






Foundation Supporting Rural Minnesota

Hunger Solutions


his past year the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation oered a grant program that supported counties that wanted to work with local hunger programs in their counties. This past year, 43 counties utilized the $100 grant. Several counties worked with local organizations and businesses to match the funds given. It was impressive to see that with this program over $13,000 total dollars was donated from all partners involved.

Anoka Becker Beltrami Big Stone Blue Earth Brown Carver Chippewa Clay Crow Wing Dakota Faribault Fillmore Freeborn Goodhue


Grant Headwaters Regional Houston Jackson Kanabec/Isanti Kittson Le Sueur Lincoln Mahnomen Martin McLeod Nicollet Norman Northwest Regional Olmsted

Redwood Rice Sibley Traverse Wabasha Waseca Watonwan West Otter Tail West Polk Wilkin Winona Wright


Foundation Supporting Rural Minnesota

verall, Farm Bureau’s outreach on Hunger Relief across Minnesota involved 62 of the 78 counties conducting events that totaled donations of 12,200 pounds of food, donating 50,000 meals and $31,200 to local food shelves reaching 93,200 people and distributing nearly 50,000 Food Awareness Month handouts to increase consumer awareness about food.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation is a proud sponsor of the following programs: n AFSA High School Farm Community Service Days n Christensen Farms Stage at the Minnesota State Fair n Dairy Showcase Minnesota State Fair n Farm Camp Minnesota n Gopher Dairy Club n MARL (Minnesota Agriculture & Rural Leadership) n Midwest Dairy Association – Fuel up to Play 60 n Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom n Minnesota Agri-Women n Minnesota Beef Expo n Minnesota FFA Foundation n Minnesota 4-H Foundation n Minnesota Jr. Spring Classic n Minnesota Jr. Holstein Show n Minnesota State Fair n Minnesota State Fair – Moo Booth n University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Ag Awareness Day n University of Minnesota – Twin Cities CFANS Alumni Society n University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – Minnesota Royal


2018 n Benefactor’s Society ($10,000 or greater) AgCountry Farm Credit Services Bremer Bank CHS Foundation Compeer Financial Enbridge Farm Bureau Member Contributions Hormel Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council RALI n Patron’s Society Diamond ($5,000-$9,999) Minnesota Corn Growers Association Turtle Plastics n Emerald ($2,500-$4,999) Christensen Farms Syngenta Gislason & Hunter Midwest Dairy Association Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Zieglar CAT Ruby ($1,000-$2,499) Ag Energy Alliance Arthur, Chapman, Kettering, Smetek and Pikala Virginia Bissen Carver County Farm Bureau Al and Diane Christopherson Nathan and Jessie Collins Custom Creations of Willmar Kevin and Nancy Dahlman Farm Bureau Commercial Underwriting Gloria Goetzke Douglas and JoAnn Lawrence Sander and Peggy Ludeman Mark and Cindy Maiers Meeker County Farm Bureau Ron and Judy Nelson Jonathan and Carolyn Olson Garth Unke Contributor’s Society Gold Contributor ($500-$999) Agropur Inc Keith and Morgan Allen Peter and Carrie Bakken Blue Earth County Farm Bureau City Auto Glass CoBank

Donor Recognition Levels

Brad and Amanda Durow Ryan Elbert Farmers Business Network, Inc Fast Seed & Precision LLC Mike Hagen Dave and Amy Johnson Ruth Meirick Minnesota Beef Council Mower County Farm Bureau Olmsted County Farm Bureau O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A. Kevin and Julie Paap Jeff Pagel Paul Davis Restoration Harold and Sharon Petersen Chris and Mary Radatz Stevens County Farm Bureau Treasure Island Resort and Casino Washington/Ramsey County Farm Bureau West Otter Tail County Farm Bureau Silver ($250-$499) Alden School Activity Fund AMPI Corporate Office Big Stone County Farm Bureau John Chute Clay County Farm Bureau Tony Dick Donald and Geraldine Diekmann Norman and Ruth Eickhoff Farm Gate Consulting Goodhue County Farm Bureau Mike and Connie Gunderson Gunnink & Gunnink, Inc Rory D Hamre Gerald Hanson Jay Hanson Mark Harless Gary M. Hong Ray Johnson Krusemark Farms Inc Miles and Sarah Kuschel Land O’ Lakes Chad and Lynn Larson Larry and Sharon Larson Legend Seeds, Inc Lincoln County Farm Bureau Lyon County Farm Bureau Mark and Mary Davis Foundation McLeod County Farm Bureau Minnesota Turkey Growers Association Nathan and Suzanna Nelson Nicollet County Farm Bureau William Olen

Kimberly and Tom Perkins Redwood County Farm Bureau Renville County Farm Bureau Scott County Farm Bureau Bob and Ruth Shepard Bruce Tiffany Wabasha County Farm Bureau Charles Westfall Debora White Wright County Farm Bureau Dennis and Judy Wulf Jonathan and Jill Zieroth Bronze ($100-249) Donald Albrecht Adam Anderson Anoka County Farm Bureau Benton/Mille Lacs County Farm Bureau Hugh Bergeland David Beyerl Kurt Blomgren Bruce Brenden Nada and Dale Carter Cass County Farm Bureau Chad Ho eck Ag Services, LLC Chippewa County Farm Bureau Chisago County Farm Bureau Cottonwood County Farm Bureau Dakota County Farm Bureau Donald Diekmann East Polk County Ronald Geiger Jason and DiDi Edwards Faribault County Farm Bureau Richard and Claire Field Edward C Frederick Kristin and Steve Harner Vernon Hedlin Sara and Mark Hewitt Richard and Priscilla Hunnewell Lucette Hurley IDEAg Leah Johnson Rolland and Ruth Johnson Kanabec/Isanti County Farm Bureau Kandiyohi County Farm Bureau Kleven Law Service Guy Koehl Glenn Krog Curtis Kuehl Miles and Sarah Kuschel Joan and Mark Lee Maria Lokensgard Harold and Bonita Luhmann



M&B Enterprises LLC, Mark Consoer Mahnomen County Farm Bureau Minnesota Ag Water Resource Center Minnesota FFA Foundation Minnesota Lamb & Wool Producers, Inc. Minnesota Pork Board Fran and Mary Ann Miron Norman County Farm Bureau Northwest Regional Farm Bureau Bennett Osmonson Peter Steen Farms Kyle Peterson Pine County Farm Bureau Coralyn Radatz Corey Ramsden Red River Farm Network Bob and Jill Roelofs Cole Rupprecht Dave and Renae Sogge Shaeffer Oil Sibley County Farm Bureau Mike Singlestad Peter Solem James Solum Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative Stanley and Linda Whitney Stearns County Farm Bureau Joe Sullivan Swift County Farm Bureau TASC AgriPlan Lawrence and Jane Thell Donald Thomas Todd County Farm Bureau United Prairie Bank Norman and Kathy Varner Wadena County Farm Bureau Walnut Grove LTD Duane and Liz Wirt James and Lisa Weninger Krista Willis Mike and Karen Wojahn Friends of the Foundation ($5-99) Lori Aakre The Anderson Family Kelly M Anderson DBA Marlene Arndt Rachel Arneson Pat Bakeberg Alan and Bethany Barka Gregory and Mary Bartz Becker County Fair Association Becker County Farm Bureau Patricia Benson Charles Betts Biscoe Farms Thomas and Donna Bodensteiner Ross and Dixie Boring Brown County Farm Bureau Melisa Bauer-Klingsporn Cannon Valley Fair Seth and Rachel Connell Mark Consoer Kermit and Jean Christenson

Crow Wing County Farm Bureau Hollis and Melissa Davenport James and Missy Dodds Dodge County Farm Bureau Donavon Stromberg Douglas County Farm Bureau Dean and Jane Duesterhoeft Delvin and Debra Durheim East Otter Tail County Farm Bureau Charles and Yvonne Erickson The Ferdinand & June Volkert Living Trust Fund Field Seed Farms Fillmore County Farm Bureau Alan and Deb Full Jerry Gault Gerald and Virginia Giese Grant County Farm Bureau Chris Gulbrandson Hansen Agri-Commodities Fred Hanson Randy Hanson Henry and Mildred Hay Hennepin County Farm Bureau Brad and Barb Hennen Pete and Jennifer Henslin David and Jean Hicks Jerome and Helen Holker Alan Honermann Houston County Farm Bureau Jackson County Farm Bureau Maynard Jagodzinske Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc Debra D Johnson DelRay Johnson Dennis or Ann Johnson Leland Johnson Glen Kaschmitter The Kellie Olson Agency Inc Sarah Kelley Jodi Ketter Kittson County Farm Bureau Marcelyn Kvittem James and Mary Langreck Richard Leino Phillip H Little Jim B Lynner Riley Maanum Arnold and Donna Madsen Mark J Feldmeier Memorial Scholarship Fund Martin County Farm Bureau Alfred Meyer Paula Mohr Shari Moll Nienow Acres LLC Jean Norman James O’Connor Tom O’Neil Carolyn and Jonathan Olson Teri and Paul Otte Norma Patsche Peterson Farm Seeds Carmen Peterson Steve and Judy Pilcher Pipestone County Farm Burea


Pope County Farm Bureau Walter and Joan Prigge PTI - Professional Training Institution of America Charles Radman Brian Randolph Juanita Reed-Boniface Rice County Farm Bureau Rock County Agricultural Society Lorna Rockstad Nathan Roth Rounding Third Inc - Mark Olson Dennis Sabel Roger Sauberey Dennis and Joann Schmidt Steven Schoenfeld Renee Schwebach Tim and Dawn Shay Shell Prairie’s Fair Association Bob and Ruth Shepard Sherburne County Agricultural Society Sherburne County Farm Bureau Yvonne and Darrell Simon Ed Smith Roger Smith Sogge Tax Service Alpha Stanke Wanda Stark Kathleen Tostenson Tim and Pam Uhlenkamp Karen Ungerecht Andrew VanNurden Rodney Von Ohlen John E Wallin Allen and Marie Walter Watonwan County Farm Bureau West Polk County Farm Bureau Wilkin County Farm Bureau Winona County Farm Bureau Michael and Karen Wojahn Yellow Medicine County Farm Bureau In Memorial The following individuals made donations in memorial of friends and family in the past year. • Edwin E. Polesky - Gregory and Mary Bartz • Jack Boniface - Doug and JoAnn Lawrence • Jean H. Booker - Richard and Claire Field, Ron and Lori Pagel • Judy Hanson - Fred Hanson • Ralph Pike - Richard and Claire Field, Ron and Lori Pagel • Richard Badger - Richard and Claire Field, Ron and Lori Pagel

Thank You MFB Foundation, Thank you so much for sponsoring the Reserve Champion Oral Reasons Plaque at the Minnesota State Fair. I really appreciate your support and had a great deal of fun winning this award. Teaching your speaking skills is critical to their success, and I am glad that you have invested in 4-Hers and furthering their skills. Once again, thank you! Sincerely, Maddie Patterson MFB Foundation, Thank you for sponsoring the MAAE Outstanding Young Member Award on behalf of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. It is wonderful to see an organization take interest in supporting agriculture education. I am beyond humble and grateful to have received this award. Thank you, Tyler Warren MFB Foundation, Thank you for supporting FFA Alumni. President circle was impactful to me because I learned many new skills to help me better my impact on the local chapter. Thanks again, Jared Renning MFB Foundation, Thank you for your generous support of the All Breeds Convention, hosted by the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association. Because of your contribution, young dairy enthusiasts were able to spend a weekend competing in contests, touring farms and networking. It would not have been possible without you! Thank you again, MJHA Board

MFB Foundation, Thank you for your contribution to the 2017 Minnesota Beef Expo! Your help was crucial to the success of the event and made a direct impact on the over 750 beef youth who participated. The show’s continued growth could not be accomplished without the generous support of business and producers like you. Minnesota Beef Expo MFB Foundation, Thank you so much for selecting me to receive the Paul Stark Memorial Scholarship! As a current FFA member, I know all you do for our organization, and I cannot thank you enough for helping develop me into the leader I am today. With my education at South Dakota State University, I aim to obtain degrees in agricultural education and Spanish to advocate for agriculture and break down language barriers. Without your support, coming to the realization of my passions wouldn’t be possible. Thank you again! Sincerely, Maddie Weninger MFB Foundation, I would like to sincerely thank you for sponsoring the champion overall individual in the 4-H dairy judging contest. It was a lifelong goal of mine to achieve the top shot in the contest. I am very thankful that supporters like you help make this honor even better. Again, thank you so much for all of your support for 4-H! Sincerely, Mikayla Erf MFB Foundation, We would like to say thank you for sponsoring the Reserve Champion Senior Swine plaque at the Minnesota State Fair 2018. We really appreciate the support you provide to youth in 4-H. General Livestock Judging allows us to learn life lessons and become better people. Again, thank you so much for your support of 4-H youth and the livestock judging program! Sincerely, Isabelle Patterson, Elaine Dorn, Sydney Poquette, Josephine Jenson MFB Foundation, On behalf of American Agri-Women, thank you for the generous gift of the “Food and Farm Facts” for our recent convention held in Bloomington. It is so good to have current facts that is easy to understand and share as we educate consumers and stakeholders. Warm regards, Yvonne Erickson


to the Foundation MFB Foundation, On behalf of the Senior Jackson County 4-H Livestock Judging team, we would like to thank you for sponsoring the state contest award for Reserve Champion Senior Division Reasons Team. As a team, we also placed first overall, and we are looking forward to competing in the national contest in Louisville this fall. Thank you for your support of Minnesota 4-H! Sincerely, Isaac Ihnen, Carter Johnson, Thomas Netzke, Austin Yonker MFB Foundation, Thank you for sponsoring me at the 2018 Dairy Showcase at the Minnesota State Fair. It is greatly appreciated. The money will be put into a college fund and some of it will be used to buy animals for next year. Your generosity does not go unnoticed. I thank you again for your support. Sincerely, Kallie Frericks Stearns County MFB Foundation, Thank you very much for presenting at AMC’s Opioid Summit. It was an honor to meet you and learn about your critical work. We are grateful for all you do. Hope our paths cross again soon. Very best wishes, Association of Minnesota Counties MFB Foundation, Thank you for sponsoring the Extemporaneous Speaking Career Development Event. This was my first year competing in extemporaneous. Through my experiences I have gained confidence, knowledge and time-management skills. Competing has shown me what I am capable of and has prepared me for my future. I am thankful to have the opportunity to compete at National Convention. None of this would have been possible without your support. Once again, thank you! Martha Moenning

MFB Foundation, Thank you for your support of Minnesota FFA and of me as I develop as a young adult. I put a lot of time into researching and practicing extemporaneous speaking and it makes me feel good knowing that those in agriculture recognize the hard work FFA members put into our projects. It is because of people like you that I can say FFA has forever changed my life. Sincerely, Kegan Zimmerman MFB Foundation. Thank you for your time and generous donation for the 2018 Farm Camp Minnesota. Once again, with your help we were able to educate over 560 campers from all over Southern Minnesota, the Twin Cities, Rochester, St. Cloud, Iowa and Wisconsin about how their food is produced. Every year Farm Camp Minnesota has grown, and we now have agricultural programs in Dundas, Waseca and Central Minnesota. An event like this would not be possible without your help and support. We look forward to working with you again at next year’s Farm Camp Minnesota. Farm Camp Minnesota MFB Foundation, Thank you so much for your continued support of AFSA. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Academy for Science & Agriculture


Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation

Century Club


he 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.

...with a contribution of $1,000 before November 16, 2019. For more information, and to donate contact Ruth Meirick, Director Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation PO Box 64370 St. Paul, MN 55164 651-768-2115 www.

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.

Century Club Members Keith and Morgan Allen Virginia Bissen Dale and Nada Carter Nathan and Jessie Collins Kevin and Nancy Dahlman Dean and Jane Duesterhoeft Norman and Ruth Eickhoff Dan and Seena Glessing Gloria Goetzke George and Rosetta Hallcock David and Amy Johnson Robin Kinney Glen Krog Miles and Sarah Kuschel Larry and Sharon Larson Emilie Lokensgard





Join the Century Club Today!

The MFB Foundation is poised to do just that.

Sandy and Peggy Ludeman Mark and Cindy Maiers Meeker County Farm Bureau Ruth Meirick Fran and Mary Ann Miron Ron and Judy Nelson Jonathan and Carolyn Olson Kevin and Julie Paap Jeff and Chandra Pagel Chris and Mary Radatz Robert and Jill Roelofs The Stark Family Robert and Ruth Shepard Swift County Farm Bureau Charlie Westfall

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

2018 MFB Foundation Annual Review  
2018 MFB Foundation Annual Review