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uring the 2016 Minnesota Legisla�ve Session, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa�on �MFBF� worked to share the perspec�ves of Farm Bureau member families as detailed in member-developed and memberadopted Farm Bureau policy. Through daily representa�on at the State Capitol, Farm Bureau members have their interests covered even though they aren’t personally away from their farms, businesses and families.

Minnesota Farm Bureau Disappointed by Lack of H Ag Property Tax Relief During Legislative Session

agricultural property taxpayers are carrying,” said Paap. “The bipartisan support for the tax bill in both the Minnesota House and Senate demonstrate that this was a good idea, and it needs to happen this year.” Due to an error in the tax bill that was passed by an overwhelming majority of the Minnesota Legislature, the Governor refused to sign the bill into law citing the use of “or” instead of “and” in a provision related to charitable gambling. Leadership is discussing the possibility of a special session to correct the error, but there are ongoing issues with an agreement on addressing transportation and bonding bills. Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) supports the bill as it contains a critical piece for property tax relief. If signed into law, it would provide a 40 percent property tax credit on the portion of agricultural property taxes going to school debt bonds. The 40 percent property tax credit begins with the 2017 tax year and is calculated to provide $90.6 million in tax relief for the next biennium. Property eligible for the 40 percent agricultural property tax

Omnibus Tax Bill – Property Tax Relief and More Minnesota Farm Bureau strongly supported passage of the Omnibus Tax Bill and worked throughout the session to have the following important provisions included. H�Property Taxes The tax bill, which contained property tax relief for agriculture, was killed when Governor Dayton failed to sign the bill by the deadline, which resulted in a pocket veto. “We are disappointed that Governor Dayton chose to pocket veto the tax bill. Addressing agricultural property taxes and school bonding costs is one of Minnesota Farm Bureau’s top priorities for this Legislative session,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap. “The Minnesota Legislature demonstrated bipartisan support for the tax bill with 123 yes votes and 10 no votes in the House of Representatives and 55 yes votes and 12 no votes in the Senate.” “Governor Dayton and Minnesota Legislators need to take action to enact this important provision that starts to address the unsustainable situation that

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credit includes all class 2a, 2b and 2c properties (other than the property consisting of the house, garage and one acre of an agricultural homestead). Class 2a property is agricultural land consisting of parcels of property that are agricultural land and buildings. Class 2b property is rural vacant lands. Class 2c property is managed as forest lands more than 20 acres and less than 1,920 acres. MFBF strongly supported this provision and is actively encouraging the Governor and Minnesota legislators to take action to enact this important provision that starts to address the unsustainable situation that agricultural property taxpayers are carrying. H Estate Taxes MFBF worked to address unintended consequences which surfaced with existing circumstances for farm estates. One example was estates who lost their agricultural property classification without any change in operations, causing a claw-back for additional estate taxes. This correction is retroactive for estates of persons who died after June 30, 2011. H Buffers In its 279 pages, the tax bill also included a provision to assist with funding for local


Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Mee�n� November 17-19

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he Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting is set for November 17-19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. The conference will have sessions on agricultural issues, as well as Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) contests and award banquets. l�Keynote Speaker John Kriesel John Kriesel will be the keynote speaker at the noon luncheon on Saturday, November 19. If Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was writing his incredibly popular book, “The Power of Positive Thinking,” today he would need to add a separate chapter on John Kriesel. In 2006, Kriesel was nearly blown to shreds by a 200-pound roadside bomb in the parched sands of Iraq, but battlefield

angels in army uniforms kept him breathing long enough to reach a field hospital. He died three times and was shocked back to life. Somehow he survived through four hospitals, 35 surgeries and months of recovery. He lost both legs and suffered numerous other major injuries, but it was the loss of two close friends that hurt the most. The guy who wasn’t supposed to survive and was told he probably would be in a wheelchair the rest of his life walked out of Walter Reed Army Medical Center after nine months. Today he is a brilliant beacon illuminating Dr. Peale’s gospel of positive thinking to students, veterans, Rotarians, church groups and anyone else who will listen. “You are not going to get blown up by a roadside bomb, but at some point you will face hardship


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MFB PRESIDENT KEVIN Paap, le�, along with Randy Mooney, Na�onal Milk Producers Federa�on chair and �ohn �eber, president, Na�onal Pork Producers Council, tes��ed �une 1� to the �.S. �ouse of Representa�ves �ays and Means Trade Subcommi�ee.

Minnesota Farm Bureau President Urges Congress to Support Trade Deals Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) board member and chair of the AFBF Trade Advisory Committee, testified June 13 to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee. He described a litany of trade barriers facing farmers and ranchers. Paap asked Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement while supporting ongoing negotiations toward a successful Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the European Union. AFBF estimates U.S. farmers and ranchers will gain $4.4 billion in yearly profits from passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership alone – profits that have taken on special importance during the ongoing farm downturn. “Expanding our trade opportunities happens through tariff reduction and



MFBF BOARD OF DIRECTORS Officers President. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Paap Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Glessing Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Radatz Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dave Johnson Board Members District I. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keith Allen District II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BobRoelofs District III . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carolyn Olson District IV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nathan Collins District V. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fran Miron District VI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miles Kuschel District VII . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Gunderson State Promotion & Education Committee Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Maiers State Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pete Henslin MFBF STATE STAFF Administrative Chris Radatz, Executive Director . . . 651-768-2104 Kim Oakes, Executive Secretary. . . . 651-768-2111 Foundation Ruth Meirick, Director . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2115 Michele DeGeest, Administrative Assistant. . . . . . . . 651-768-2151 Public Relations Kristin (Campbell) Harner, Director . 651-768-2118 Pam Debele, Communication Specialist . . . . . . . 651-768-2117 Organization Development Katie Brenny, Southeast Region . . 507-923-1779 James Dodds, North Region . . . . 218-556-4667 DelRay Johnson, West Central Region . . . . . . . . . . 218-639-2092 Riley Maanum, Northwest Region 320-260-6417 Amanda Revier, Southwest Region. . . . . . . . . . . . 320-894-2600 Dennis Sabel, East Central . . . . . . 612-756-1230 Yvonne Simon, South Central. . . . 507-995-1652 Judy Pilcher, Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2114 Finance Dave Johnson, Director of Operations. . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2101 Lori Wiegand, Accounting Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2102 Public Policy Amber Hanson, Director . . . . . . . 651-768-2103 Judy Pilcher, Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2114

The Voice of Agriculture® (ISSN: 1529-1669) Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation 2016© Published January, March, May, July, September, November by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, 3080 Eagandale Place, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164. “The Voice of Agriculture” is mailed periodical postage paid at St. Paul, MN and additional entry offices. “The Voice of Agriculture” is distributed to nearly 30,000 Farm Bureau member families and others across the state of Minnesota. Editor: Kristin (Campbell) Harner Assistant Editor: Pam Debele Design and Layout: Madsen Ink Editorial and circulation offices: The Voice of Agriculture P.O. Box 64370 St. Paul, MN 55164-0370 Phone: 651-768-2118 Fax: 651-768-2159 E-mail: For display advertising and classified advertising information, call 800-798-2691. Or write to: The Voice of Agriculture 406 Stevens Street Iowa Falls, IA 50126 Postmaster send change of addresses to: The Voice of Agriculture Box 64370 St. Paul, MN 55164-0370 Voice of Agriculture® is a registered service mark owned by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Strengthening our Future

President’s Voice


Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is strengthening agriculture’s future by investing in our youth, engaging with consumers and sharing how policy affects our family farms. FFA FFA is just one component of nearly 200 agricultural education programs in Minnesota and over 7,500 across the United States working towards premier leadership, personal growth and career success for all students. Minnesota FFA has nearly 11,000 members from the nearly 200 FFA chapters and agricultural education programs in Minnesota. MFBF was recently at the table with the Minnesota FFA State Officer Team and staff at our office to discuss the synergies of Farm Bureau and FFA at both the local and state level. Did you know your Farm Bureau sponsors the Minnesota FFA Discussion Meet, the state extemporaneous speaking contest and is a sponsor of the Minnesota FFA State Convention? Our MFB Foundation recognizes an FFA Advisor of the Year and sponsors the Minnesota Association of Ag Educators Outstanding Young Member award. Many of our Farm Bureau members serve as volunteers and leaders for their local FFA chapters. 4-H The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation is a supporter of the 4-H Science in Ag Challenge. Together with the University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota 4-H created the Science of Ag Challenge in 2015 to keep agriculture education vital and relevant while promoting excitement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The Science of Ag Challenge brings teams of youth from across the state, along with their adult mentors, together to explore and develop science-based solutions to agriculture-related issues. The teams present their solutions at a state-wide event on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus while competing for college scholarships. The three winning teams of the Science of Ag Challenge will present their products and solutions on August 2 at Farmfest. Engaging Consumers Farm Bureau members are inviting consumers to meet them at Breakfast on the Farms, showings of the Farmland documentary

and at their county fair. Inviting consumers to come and be a part of the farm or farm like activities improves conversations and transparency with the consumer and helps them to gain a better understanding of the pride we take in growing food for their families. Trade MFBF was recently at the table in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee. As chair of the American Farm Bureau Trade Committee, I reminded the Committee that one out of every three rows planted this spring will be grown for international trade and one out of every four jobs in manufacturing is because of agricultural trade. Our agricultural exports demonstrates the strength of our productivity, the important contribution of trade to our economic well-being and the ability to provide competitive food and farm products to markets worldwide. AFBF urges Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement while supporting the ongoing negotiations toward a successful Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the European Union. Reducing and removing tariffs (a tariff is best described as a tax at the border) and the adoption of a modern, science-based and risk-based approach to food safety, based on international standards is key to expanding trade opportunities to the 96 percent of the world’s population that does not live in the United States. Policy Development Farm Bureau members will be at their policy development tables discussing and debating ideas to help direct our organization’s policy. The grassroots policy development process is the strength of our organization. I encourage you to be involved in these local discussions. Your voice matters. In Closing We encourage Farm Bureau members to get involved in your areas of interest to strengthen our future.

Tide beginning to turn on EPA

Beyond the Fencerows ZIPPY DUVALL • AFBF PRESIDENT The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) are finally getting a much needed check on their runaway overreach. A unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in May means farmers and ranchers can take the federal government to court immediately after an agency determines it can regulate part of their property. This ruling—United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes—is among the most important court opinions we have seen. Along with other groups, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) was proud to contribute a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the Hawkes family and the Pacific Legal Foundation. Before this ruling, the Corps would tell farmers they had no right to challenge its decision that it had legal authority over what it had determined to be “navigable waters” on their land. Landowners would have to apply for a permit to work their land, or they could farm without a permit and wait for the government to sue them. Either of the government’s approaches could bankrupt many farmers. Just applying for a permit takes months or even years, piles of technical studies and many thousands of dollars in consultant and legal fees. Many permit applications die on the vine—neither rejected nor denied by the Corps, but abandoned by frustrated landowners after years of delay and requests for more data. It wasn’t hard for the Justices to see the injustice and abuse in the government’s approach. Justices Kennedy, Thomas and Alito did not mince words about the Clean Water Act (CWA), either. They warned it “continues to raise troubling questions regarding the government’s power to cast doubt on the full use and enjoyment of private property throughout the nation.” This isn’t news to Farm Bureau: For more than a decade, we have been battling overreach by both the Corps and the EPA, which share limited jurisdiction under the CWA. We weighed in several years ago in the so-called SWANCC case when the Corps claimed jurisdiction over any water body (no matter how small and isolated) where migratory birds might land. The Supreme Court said no to that scheme. EPA also tried to impose federal permitting on any livestock farm with the “potential” to

discharge pollution, even if the farm never had a discharge and even though the law only regulates “discharges” to waters. Farm Bureau filed suit together with the pork industry. The court ruled against the EPA: livestock farms don’t need a federal permit to operate. But both EPA and the Corps keep trying to push the boundaries—to regulate by any means possible, no matter how they have to stretch logic and the law. Again, Hawkes isn’t the first time EPA has been caught overstepping its bounds. Take, for example, the case of Andy Johnson, a Wyoming farmer who recently won a long battle with EPA over an environmentally friendly stock pond for cattle on his property. Besides watering Johnson’s cattle, the pond fostered wetland grasses and provided habitat for herons and a stopping place for the local population of eagles. Johnson had a state permit to construct the pond on his property. But the EPA later claimed that pond violated federal law. They threatened him with a daily fine of $37,500 for failure to follow their order to remove the pond. Johnson wasn’t having any of it. He and attorneys eventually wore down the EPA. The agency settled out of court and let the pond stay as it was, rather than face certain defeat. Lois Alt, together with the Farm Bureau, also beat back the EPA. Regulators insisted she apply for a CWA permit for nothing more than the stormwater that ran off her well-tended farmyard. And again, the Corps threatened fines of $37,500 a day if she didn’t comply. It defied common sense. The courts agreed and sent the EPA packing. Farmers shouldn’t be left in limbo wondering if regulators can shut down our farms over an everyday farming activity. It shouldn’t take a Ph.D. in hydrology to determine if there’s “navigable water” on our land. Opaque, confusing and shockingly expensive regulation by the Corps and EPA has hamstrung farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to work with and care for the land. Hawkes, SWANCC, Johnson and Alt: These legal battles have won real victories for private landowners across the country and for agriculture. We will continue to work through the courts and with Congress to control unlawful overreach by agencies that seem incapable of self-control.

JULY 2016 • VOICE OF AGRICULTURE • • 3A t TAX BILL FROM 1A water/drainage authorities, counties or watershed districts, aimed at helping them carry out the responsibilities for implementing the buer law. Without such ďŹ nancial help, there were concerns that local authorities would turn to Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to carry out the implementation process from the state level.

Corrections to Fix State Buffer Law

MFBF supported the bills in both the Senate and House, testifying before several committees in each body to express support for the clariďŹ ed language. Under the changes to the buer law: H 50 foot average perennial vegetated buers (30 foot minimum) will be required on public waters which are on the public waters inventory list. The deadline for landowners to implement this requirement is November 1, 2017. H 16.5 foot perennial vegetated buers will be required on public drainage ditches, established under the state’s drainage law (103 E). The deadline for landowners to implement this requirement, when the ditch has not had a redetermination of beneďŹ ts completed is November 1, 2018. Language that state agencies were using to expand the buer mandate to private drainage ditches, “within the

beneďŹ ted area of public drainage systemsâ€? was deleted from the 2015 law. H Compensation for buers along public ditches, through the process of redetermination of beneďŹ ts, was clariďŹ ed in order to establish the basis of value to be land use prior to being planted to a buer or implementation of an alternative practice. H Language for alternative practices was strengthened to expand on the opportunities for something other than perennial buers that meet the comparable protection standard for a speciďŹ c waterway. While alternative practices are still linked to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Field OďŹƒce Technical Guide or practices approved by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR), the law provides for practices that include retention ponds or alternative practices which “prevent overland ow to the water resources.â€? H The starting point for measuring the 16.5 foot buer along ditches was changed in the 2015 law to match the language in state drainage law (103E.021). This provision incorporates the ability to begin measurement outward from the edge of the constructed channel. H A more workable timetable for incorporating “other watersâ€? into local water management plans was provided by the new 2016 language. Local water

authorities are granted the ability to work in consultation with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) as the SWCDs prepare their report of what other watercourses (not covered by the state mandate) are included in the local water management plan. Receipt of this list, on or before July 1, 2017, from the local SWCD does not require an immediate local plan amendment (as long as certain requirements of notiďŹ cation are carried out) until the regularly scheduled update of the water plan. H Provisions also provide a clearer understanding of authority to strengthen the ability for county or watershed districts to exercise jurisdiction. Questionable status in the 2015 law was viewed as an unwanted liability for local units of government, making it more likely that they would opt out and allow BWSR to take greater control.

Omnibus Agricultural Policy Bill

MFBF strongly supported passage of the Omnibus Farm Policy Bill and worked throughout the session to have important provisions. The following were included. H Farmer Lender Mediation Program Continuation of the Farmer Lender Mediation Program was addressed through the extension of the authorization in the bill.

The legislation also deals with interactions involving the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and stakeholders on how to improve the program. H Farm Safety The MDA Commissioner was given responsibility to review farm safety ideas and make recommendations to the legislature on how to improve farm safety eorts in Minnesota. This will be required to come forward in a report to the legislative committees responsible for agricultural policy by February 1, 2017. Although the program is covered in a dierent bill, $250,000 of the total agricultural spending in the Omnibus Supplemental Budget bill is directed at the MDA providing cost-share grants to Minnesota farmers to obtain rollover protection equipment for tractors built before 1987. The cost-share is limited to 70 percent of the total costs for obtaining the rollover equipment, with a maximum payment of $500. H Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force Continuation of the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force was addressed in the bill through language providing for the extension of this program. Further reďŹ nement was also added to better direct an expanded scope of research and educational institutions.

H Elk Management Elk management was one of the problems addressed in the bill through an amendment to prohibit the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from increasing the size of an elk herd until they and the MDA verify that the fence and crop damages for that elk herd have not increased for at least two years. Additional accountability also requires local public meetings to be held in areas where plans are to increase elk herd numbers. At these meetings, the evidence of limitations of damages must be presented. H Check-o Votes The bill opens the opportunity for farmers to vote in check-o votes regardless of the type of tax they ďŹ le for with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Prior to this change, the requirement was limited to a Schedule F. H University of Minnesota The Agriculture Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer Grant Program was given minor restructuring/reďŹ nement to better deďŹ ne the role that the University of Minnesota has within the structure.

MFBF receives Communication Awards The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) recently received national recognition from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The awards were received in the category for a state Farm Bureau with under 80,000 members. MFBF received the Best Member/Leader Newsletter for the Impact e-letter sent out weekly to leaders on policy issues. The newsletter was complimented for its concise articles which give the reader important information and links that are very user friendly. In addition, MFBF and Madsen Ink Co. of New Ulm received honorable mention in the Best Brochure/Pamphlet Category for the Minnesota

 removal, and by the adoption of science-based standards for international agricultural and food trade,â€? said Paap. American farmers will see signiďŹ cant reductions in trade barriers if the TPP is approved. Japan, for instance, has agreed to slash taris on U.S. beef from 38.5 percent to 9 percent over 16 years. Canada will also open its market to more U.S. agricultural products by reducing restrictions on dairy, poultry and eggs from the U.S. Under the agreement, American dairy farmers will gain access to 3.25 percent of the Canadian dairy market over ďŹ ve years. Canada will also allow imports of duty-free U.S. eggs up to 2.3 percent of domestic production. Paap also backed progress towards a similar pact with the European Union, the TTIP. He cited rising anti-science sentiment as a major obstacle to American goods abroad. “The EU was once the largest destination for U.S. agricultural exports,â€? said Paap. “Today, it has fallen to our ďŹ fth-largest export market. Tari and regulatory barriers have become a signiďŹ cant impediment to increased exports. These negotiations must result in a modern, science- and risk-based approach to food safety, based on international standards, which can truly settle disputes.â€? Other Trade Meetings As chair of the AFBF Trade Advisory Committee, Paap was part of Cuba trade discussions at the White House in May and in March he participated in a trade trip with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council to Vietnam.

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Farmers CARE computer/social media brochure distributed to consumers across the state as part of Food Awareness Month activities and inserted into The Voice of Agriculture. The piece was complimented on being very creative and contemporary which appeals to a younger audience and connects consumers to farmers. MFBF also received honorable mention for their website. Judges said that there was a lot of information and easy to navigate. The awards were presented at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Communication’s Award Banquet held at the AFBF SPARC Conference, June 13-16 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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n��MFBF Leadership Conference Save the Date The MFBF Leadership Conference, hosted by the Promotion & Education (P&E) and Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committees, will be February 3-4, 2017 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. Look for more information later this summer. n��County Activities of Excellence County Farm Bureaus must postmark their County Activities of Excellence forms no later than midnight on August 31. Activities must have occurred between August 1, 2015-August 31, 2016. Forms can be found on the County Board Leaders page at n��AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge Applications are now open for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 3rd Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that benefit rural regions of the United States. Competitors are invited to submit forprofit business ideas related to food and agriculture online at All applications, which include a business plan, video pitch and photo must be submitted online by June 30. The top 10 teams will be announced in October. This includes six teams who will each win $10,000 in startup funds. The final four teams will compete in a live competition at AFBF’s 98th Annual Convention in Phoenix on January 8. n��Save the Dates – 2017 AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show Save the dates – the 2017 AFBF Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show will be held January 6-11 in Phoenix. This will be AFBF’s 98th annual convention. n��Ag Transportation Handbook The Ag Transportation Handbook contains state and federal statutes, rules and exemptions for transporting agricultural goods on highways. To order your free copy, contact with your name, address and quantity of copies requested.

n��Foundation Sporting Clays Tournament The first annual Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Sporting Clay Tournament will be July 22 at the Caribou Gun Club in Le Sueur. County Farm Bureau leaders should consider participating or sponsoring a team to attend. Registration is due June 27 by contacting Michelle DeGeest at 651-768-2151 or n��Young Farmers & Ranchers Contest Deadlines The Excellence in Agriculture application is due July 15. The Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture contest is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers who may not derive 100 percent of their income from farming to earn recognition while actively contributing to the agriculture industry and building their leadership skills through their involvement in Farm Bureau and their community. Participants are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability and involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations. The Achievement Award application is due July 15. The Achievement Award is an application based contest which compares your farm’s goals and successes to other young farmers across Minnesota and the United States. The application is judged on your goals, your farm’s success, your financial planning and your leadership skills. Young farmers and their spouses, ages 18-35, are encouraged to check out this great award program. The ideal candidate(s) is an individual or couple involved in production agriculture with a majority of their income subject to normal production risks. For more information on these leadership development opportunities go to The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers contests are for men and women between the ages of 18-35 who are looking for leadership growth opportunities in order to preserve our individual freedoms and expand knowledge of agriculture.

n��Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Century Club Join the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Century Club, a fundraising campaign to commemorate the past and celebrate the future of the Minnesota Farm Bureau. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Century Club recognizes individuals who donate $1,000 to the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation above any current giving. Donations can be made in installments or as one donation. Century Club members will receive a Farm Bureau Century Club Pin, be recognized at our 100th Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in 2018 and be invited to a Foundation sponsored “Century Club Dinner.” Checks payable to the MFB Foundation. Donations may be mailed to: MFB Foundation, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164. For more information, go to or contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or n��Have You Completed your Green Star Farms Self-Evaluation Yet? Help prevent duplicate and overburdensome regulations. Join the growing number of farms who have completed the Minnesota Agriculture Resource Center’s Green Star Farms self-evaluation at It takes 20 minutes, and it’s fast, easy and confidential. Take the Green Star Farms initiative self-evaluation today at For more information contact Jeremy Geske at or 612-756-1200. n��Congratulations to the First in the Field Qualifiers! As part of the Accelerate Membership campaign, member volunteers are signing new members into Farm Bureau. Congratulations to the following volunteers who qualified for Producers Club. Thank you for all you do. 5 by May 5: Greg Bartz, Ted Brenny, David Engelbrecht, Bob Fritz, Gerald Heck, Sheila Hemming, Dave Johnson, Ray Johnson, Michael Kitchell, Tony Kornder, Joel Mathiowetz, Fran Miron, Jeff Pagel, Chris Radatz, Doug Schultz, Joyce Welander and Charlie Westfall.

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Scott County Book Donation SCOTT COUNTY FARM Bureau donated Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom book bundles to the Sco� County Library and the Sco� County 4-H office on April 28. Pictured is Sco� County Farm Bureau President Tony Kornder with a Sco� County Library representa�ve.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS n�July 4 • MFBF Office Closed

n�August 2-4 • Farmfest

n�September 7 • MFBF Board Meeting

n�July 15 • Summer Leadership Tour Southeast Minnesota • Achievement Award Application Deadline • Excellence in Agriculture Application Deadline

n�August 9 • Primary Election Day

n�September 12-16 • Farmers to Washington, D.C.

n�August 25-September 5 • State Fair

n�September 30 • Membership Year-End

n�August 31 • County Activities of Excellence Deadline

n�November 17-19 • MFBF Annual Meeting

n�July 20-21 • MFBF Board Meeting n�July 22 • Farmers to Washington D.C. Registration Deadline • MFB Foundation Sporting Clay Tournament

n�September 1 • MFBF P&E and YF&R Committee Nomination Deadline n�September 5 • Office Closed

n�January 8-11, 2017 • AFBF Annual Meeting Phoenix, Arizona n�February 3-4, 3017 • MFBF Leadership Conference Bemidji

over! discMINNESOTA n�Birch Bark Canoe Building Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July and August Ely Throughout this summer a special canoe building project will be slowly taking shape at the Ely Folk School. Participants can partake in free learning sessions as they experience the skills and stages in the birch bark canoe building process. Interested students can also register for various related classes over the summer. n�Kids’ Fishing Contest Tuesdays in July and August Hackensack 20th Anniversary! Ages 2-15. Children need only a fishing rod and a life jacket. Bait provided. Bait casting, minnow racing and fishing. Prizes, hot dogs and beverages all provided. This year’s event will be the biggest ever! Sponsored by the Hackensack American Legion Post 202, many local businesses and people. n�Farmer’s Fourth of July July 4 Elk River Celebrate a Farmer’s Fourth of July at the Kelley Farm! Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn and watch the spring lambs and calves prance about. Visitors can also join in 19th-century games such as town ball, the precursor to modern baseball and participate in an oratory and debate from the front porch. Enjoy the company of family and friends along with the farm’s costumed staff and celebrate the most important holiday in America in the 19th century. n�Monarch Festival July 9 Lanesboro Come celebrate the height of the monarch butterfly season with Monarch Festival. Join us for hands on activities, crafts, garden tours, an education tent with live butterflies and much more. A butterfly release is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. dependent on weather. Reservations recommended. n�Pizza on the Farm July 19 and August 16 Windom Join us for Pizza on the Farm at Shalom Hills Farm (42194 County Rd. 3 Windom, MN 56101) from 5-7 p.m. n�Horticulture Night July 28 Morris Horticulture Night is our biggest event of the year! Join us for demonstrations, garden tours, family activities, food and vendor booths, agriculture awareness tours, entertainment and more. n�Day in the Life of a Pioneer Woman July 31 New Ulm harkin-store A day in the life of a pioneer woman was riddled with hard work and the need for survival. She was in charge of canning, cooking, preserving, sewing and many more things in order to take care of her family. There will be a display of items that were used to aid her with all of her chores. For more information on these and other events, log onto Submit your community event by emailing or fax 651-768-2159.


AGRI-BYTES AFBFA Announces Grants for Middle and After School STEM ‘Maker Kits’ The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBFA) is offering a total of $10,000 in grants to 10 middle school science classrooms and 10 after-school programs serving middle school students. Participating schools will receive $500 each to pilot a new Maker Kit challenge developed by the Foundation. The STEMfocused Maker Kits encourage students to research scenarios related to food production and build their own models to solve a challenge. A detailed outline on how to conduct the challenge – written by teachers, aligned to national learning standards and reviewed by industry experts – will be provided to pilot schools. Supplies to complete the challenge will also be provided. Pilot locations will be selected by July 15. Materials will be distributed the first week of August, and pilots must be completed by September 15. The Foundation is accepting recommendations for middle school science teachers and after-school programs through July 8. Recommendations may be sent via email to Angela Mayfield, education director for the Foundation ( USFRA Begins Faces of Farming Search The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is searching for its third class of Faces of Farming and Ranching. The Faces of Farming and Ranching program is a nationwide search to help put real faces on agriculture. The current Faces of Farming and Ranching are Darrell Glaser (Texas), Jay Hill (New Mexico), Thomas Titus (Illinois) and Carla Wardin (Michigan). These winners participate in national media interviews, speaking engagements and panels, web chats, advertising and much more, telling their stories of today’s farmers and ranchers. The finalist selection committee is looking for individuals who have social and traditional media experience, a

diverse commodity and production practice, and broad knowledge on key agriculture topics. Eight finalists will be announced mid-August, with online voting beginning in October to select the four winners. Applications may be submitted online through July 10 at

Monarch Collaborative Conference Slated for Aug. 11-12 Individuals with responsibilities for monarch conservation or an interest in the role agricultural and rural landscapes can play in monarch conservation and how farmers

and ranchers can support monarch habitat are invited to attend the Monarch Collaborative Conference, August 11-12 in St. Louis. The conference will be of particular interest to individuals from the agricultural, conservation, research and resource management communities from states in the monarchs’ primary migration route, the “monarch corridor” (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin). Smithsonian’s Ask a Farmer Program: Kansas Farmer Fields Consumer Questions Kansas farmer Glenn Brunkow recently spoke with visitors at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum about what farming looks like in modern America. The Smithsonian’s Ask a Farmer program, which takes place the third Wednesday of

every month, allows museumgoers to ask real farmers and ranchers questions about what the business of farming looks like today and how innovation plays a role in caring for their land and animals. For many, this could be their first conversation with a farmer. Brunkow, a fifth-generation farmer, spoke to visitors via video chat from his farm, Brunkow Farms, in Westmoreland, Kansas. He answered a variety of questions ranging from the diversity found on his farm to his thoughts on the biggest issues facing agriculture today. Brunkow, a Farm Bureau member who is active on AFBF’s GO Team, is appreciative of the experience and noted, “I think it’s very important to get involved with consumers and participate in open dialogue to let them know what’s going on with their food and where it comes from.” For more on the exhibit visit american-enterprise.

Do You Have #AgLoudAgProud Spirit? There are many reasons to have pride in U.S. agriculture. CropLife America provides six in a downloadable infographic available on Facebook. Show your ag pride! Post a selfie this summer and tag it #AgLoudAgProud. New Pizza Ag Mag Debuts Mamma Mia! That’s one tasty resource! Engage students with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s (standards aligned) nonfiction text reader for students in grades 3-5. The Pizza Ag Mag helps students learn about the agricultural origins of their favorite food. A Spanish version also is available. Look at for more information.

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6A • JULY 2016 • VOICE OF AGRICULTURE • t KRIESEL FROM 1A —physical or emotional,â€? he asserts, “and you can deal with it.â€? Eight years after his neardeath experience in Iraq, Kriesel is Director of Veterans Services for Anoka County, a frequent contributor on KFAN Sports Radio and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He was elected to the House in 2010 after a vigorous campaign where he was told a Republican could not win in his district. He personally visited several thousand homes in all weather conditions and literally wore out the socket in one of his prosthetic legs. The new legislator was anything but a quiet freshman in his ďŹ rst session challenging even his own party and frequently speaking his mind. John planned to remain in the Legislature, but when his boys pleaded with him to spend more time coaching their football and baseball teams, he put politics on hold. Kriesel lives with his wife Katie and sons Elijah and Brody in Cottage Grove. lďż˝Schedule The voting delegate session will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 18. At 4 p.m. will be the social hour with elected oďŹƒcials. The awards banquet, President’s address and Foundation auction will also be held on Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. On Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon attendees can participate in Agriculture in the Classroom visits with the Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee. Pre-registration is required. In the afternoon, there will be a service project at the hotel for attendees to make sandwiches for The Sandwich Guy as part of Minneapolis Recreation Development. On Saturday, November 19, members can attend educational sessions, the YF&R Discussion Meet competition, Collegiate YF&R Discussion Meet and the

involved. In “Election Update and Legislative Preview,� Mary Kay Thatcher from the American Farm Bureau Federation will recap the 2016 elections and preview what’s to come with a new Congress in 2017.



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YF&R Excellence in Agriculture competition. The noon luncheon will include the ďŹ nals of the YF&R Discussion Meet and the announcement of the YF&R award winners. The conference will conclude on Saturday with the grand prize drawing – a non-transferrable air, hotel and registration expense paid trip for one paid Farm Bureau member to the American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, January 8-11, 2017.

lďż˝Speakers and Panels There will be three general sessions for participants to attend on Saturday, November 19. In “Strategic Communications in a Social Media World,â€? Mace Thornton of the American Farm Bureau Federation will discuss topics such as transparency, sustainability and feeding the world and how ďŹ ndings from communications research conducted with consumers can help build a foundation for engagement around personal farm and ranch stories. In “Property Taxes 101,â€? a panel of state and county experts will explain property tax terms, how the property tax process works and opportunities to get

lďż˝Contests The always anticipated semiďŹ nals and ďŹ nal rounds of the YF&R Discussion Meet, the ďŹ nal Achievement Award interviews and Excellence in Agriculture presentations will be held throughout the day on Saturday. The Final Four Discussion Meet will he held during the noon luncheon. The Collegiate Discussion Meet will also be held in conjunction with the MFBF Annual Meeting. The winner of this contest will represent Minnesota at the American Farm Bureau Federation Collegiate Discussion Meet in February 2017. lďż˝Banquets and Other Highlights • Many distinguished Farm Bureau members will be recognized at the Friday night banquet including: Awards of Excellence, Honorary Life Awards, the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award and the Foundation Awards. • The Friday awards banquet will also feature MFBF President Kevin Paap’s address. • The awards presentations will be followed by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation fundraising auction. lďż˝Registration For registration information, contact your county Farm Bureau or Lori Wiegand at 651-768-2102 or Registration forms and online registration information can be found at Preregistration is required by October 28.

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Doug Busselman’s last day with Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) was May 26. He returned to Nevada to serve as the Executive Vice President of the Nevada Farm Bureau. Thank you Doug for your dedication and service to Farm Bureau members in Minnesota.

Pam Debele’s last day with MFBF will be June 30. Pam serves as the Public Relations Team’s Communications Specialist and has worked for MFBF for five years. She will be moving to Wisconsin. Thank you Pam for your dedication and service to Farm Bureau members in Minnesota. MFBF is currently accepting positions for a Public Relations Assistant.

Congratulations to Amber Hanson who has been hired as the MFBF Public Policy Director. Amber began these duties on June 13. She will continue to work on national issues. MFBF is currently accepting applications for a Public Policy Associate Director who will work on state issues.

Effective June 1, Judy Pilcher is working with both the Public Policy Team and the Organization Team, which includes Area Program Directors and Member Benefit programs as the Administrative Assistant. Michelle DeGeest will be working directly with Ruth Meirick as the Administrative Assistant for the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation and the YF&R and P&E programs.


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More than 130 Century Farms Honored in 2016

The Minnesota State Fair and the Minnesota Farm Bureau recognize 134 Minnesota farms as 2016 Century Farms. Qualifying farms have been in continuous family ownership for at least 100 years and are 50 acres or more. Century Farm families receive a commemorative sign, as well as a certificate signed by State Fair and Minnesota Farm Bureau presidents and Governor Mark Dayton. Since the program began in 1976, more than 10,000 Minnesota farms have been recognized as Century Farms. 2016 Century Farm families are listed by county, then by the farm’s city, family names and year of original purchase:

Freeborn County Albert Lea, Alan O. and Bonnie K. Bakken, 1910 Austin, John M. Penkava, 1916 Freeborn, Christensen Family Farm, 1916 Brown County New Ulm, David and Anita Hoffmann Family, 1903 New Ulm, Thomas and Ann Seifert, 1879 Sleepy Eye, Autumn Breeze Dairy, 1914 Sleepy Eye, Roger and Sharon Kral, 1916 Springfield, David and Doreen Vogel, 1913 Cass County Pequot Lakes, Bye Farm, 1898 Pillager, Maple Grove Farm, 1914

Anoka County Lino Lakes, Waldoch Farm, 1916 Becker County Detroit Lakes, Dan and Kristy Anderson, 1915

Clay County Barnesville, David Heng Family Farm, 1900 Barnesville, Russell Heng, 1909 Hawley, Swenson Farm, 1907

Benton County Foley, Daniel and Debbie Hennek, 1916

Clearwater County Gonvick, Pederson/Gunvalson Family Farm, 1916 Gonvick, Wolden Farm, 1901 Shevlin, Benesh Farm, 1915 Shevlin, Marsh Farm, 1916

Big Stone County Graceville, C.F. Hanson Farm, 1906 Ortonville, Thompson Farms, 1904

Crow Wing County Brainerd, Bob and Nancy Dambowy – Trust, 1916

Goodhue County Kenyon, Walker Farm, 1915 Red Wing, Bruce and Priscilla Eckblad, 1914 Zumbrota, Goplen Family Farm, 1900

Dodge County Sargeant, The Benson Farm, 1915

Grant County Elbow Lake, The Jakob Haberer Family, 1897 Elbow Lake, Slettene Gard, 1915 Herman, Albert Boerner Homestead, 1876 Wendell, Goerdt Family Farm, 1902

Douglas County Farwell, Reece Farms, 1915 Faribault County Blue Earth, Donald and Vernette Bell, 1911 Easton, Cecelia Stevermer, 1914 Easton, Stevermer’s Trails End Farm, 1916 Kiester, Oda (Scherb) Meyer Family, 1892 Winnebago, Caudle Herefords, 1913

Hubbard County LaPorte, Judson M. Goss Homestead, 1911 Itasca County Deer River, Juntunen Family, 1916 Deer River, Heikkinen/Juntunen Family Farm, 1916 Grand Rapids, Clifford Struble, 1915

Fillmore County Chatfield, The Hanson Family, 1915 Harmony, Rodney J. and Lynda L. Koliha, 1916 Peterson, Eric and Rebecca Stocker, 1916 Wykoff, Lyle and Marilyn Affeldt, 1915

Jackson County Alpha, Hartjen Brandt Farm, 1914

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Alpha, Joseph and Pat Zebedee, 1894 Heron Lake, Ray Diemer Family Farm, 1914 Lakefield, Burmeister Family Farm, 1916 Kandiyohi County Atwater, Roland and Shirley Bosch, 1914 Lake Lillian, Marie CloughNelsen, 1914 Kittson County Lake Bronson, L. Swanson Farm, 1916 Koochiching County Littlefork, Wilmer and Virginia Johnson, 1912 Lac qui Parle County Madison, Brian and Karin Moen, 1916 Le Sueur County Montgomery, Pomije, 1896 Waterville, The David and Joyce Crow Family, 1916 Waterville, Davison Family Farm, 1908 Lincoln County Lake Benton, J. David Fruechte, 1910 Taunton, The Downing Family, 1894 Lyon County Tracy, Ludeman Family, 1905 Tyler, Louis C. and Delores D. Anderson, 1895 Martin County Elmore, John – Anton – George (Bud) Alan Johnson Farm, 1909 Granada, Calvin Mattson, 1916 Meeker County Dassel, John Juusola Farm, 1916 Grove City, Drange Partnership, 1874 Mille Lacs County Onamia, Nost Farm, 1914






Morrison County Bowlus, The Biniek Farm, 1915 Hillman, Lazy K Ranch, 1915 Pierz, George and LyAnn Kummet, 1915 Mower County Taopi, Gilgenbach Farm, 1879 Murray County Chandler, Rylaarsdam Dairy Farms, Inc., 1914






Nobles County Adrian, Wagner Farms, 1913 Worthington, The Clarence Langseth Family, 1901 Worthington, Langseth Bros Farm, 1890 Worthington, The Langseth Family, 1901 Norman County Gary, Liebl Farms, 1913 Halstad, Sharpe Farms, 1874

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Olmsted County Byron, Betty Dorsey Silker, 1858 Kasson, Elmer Jorgenson, 1907 Otter Tail County Deer Creek, Larry and Renee Helmrichs, 1916

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JULY 2016 • VOICE OF AGRICULTURE • • 9A t CENTURY FROM 8A Erhard, Rocholl Family Farm, 1916 New York Mills, Ken and Karen Tervola, 1898 Perham, Wayne and Gail Quittschreiber, 1915 Vergas, Gorentz Farm, 1890 Pennington County Goodridge, Sunsdahl Family, 1904 Pine County Finlayson, Romanowski Dairy Inc., 1916 Pine City, Skluzacek Family, 1914 Sandstone, DePover Ranch, 1915 Willow River, Waletzko, 1904 Polk County Erskine, The Dennis and Susan Hoel Family, 1892 McIntosh, Lloyd Schleicher Family, 1916 Mentor, The Galland Farm, 1903 Mentor, Roxanne Boehrnsen, Lynn Forsberg and Sandra Parsley, 1909 Red Lake County Crookston, Larson Family Farm, 1909 Redwood County Morgan, Iffert, 1915 Seaforth, Bernardy Farm, 1915 Renville County Fairfax, Dennis and Nancy Blumhoefer, 1915 Fairfax, Hinderman Farm, 1911 Hector, Carl G. Anderson Farm, 1916 Olivia, Tersteeg Family, 1905 Rice County Faribault, The Keller Family, 1891 Webster, William J. Pelant Century Farm, 1916 Rock County Ellsworth, Bergman, Wessels, Schilling Farm, 1916 Roseau County Greenbush, Gust Tomasek Farm, 1904 Greenbush, Hendrickson Farm, 1906 Strathcona, Gust Deer Ridge Farms, 1904 Sibley County Arlington, George Otto, 1913 St. Louis County Floodwood, Collman Tree Farm, 1916 Floodwood, The Hutchinsons, 1901 Stearns County Melrose, Fuechtmann Farm, 1913 Pennock, Pierce Farms, 1873 St. Joseph, Simon Farm, 1914 Stevens County Donnelly, Diehl Farm, 1915 Donnelly, Kopel Farm, 1916 Hancock, Daryl Dosdall, 1916 Swift County Appleton, Munsterman Farms, 1898 Sunburg, Donna Olson, 1916 Todd County Browerville, George - Geri (Spychala) Jagush Farm, 1915

Traverse County Richville, McAloney Family Trust, 1892 Wabasha County Lake City, James and Diane Franke, 1915 Millville, Dwight, Nancy Tesmer, 1915 Waseca County Janesville, Mueller Sunnyside Farm, 1907 New Richland, Jacobson Farm, 1916 Watonwan County Comfrey, Lindeen Family Farm, 1916 Wilkin County Kent, Bellmore Farms, 1902 Winona County Dakota, Neumann Family, 1910 Lewiston, Ahrens Family Farm, 1916 St. Charles, Pagel Golden Acres (Richard and Susan Pagel), 1892 Wright County Buffalo, Mosher Family, 1875 Maple Lake, Original Smith Homestead Est. 1913, 1913 Waverly, Borrell Family Farm, 1908 Waverly, Hohag Family Farm, 1916 Yellow Medicine County Belview, Abrahamson Family Century Farm - Henry, Floyd, Larry, 1916 Echo, Sjaastad Family, 1898 Information on all Century Farms will be available at the Minnesota Farm Bureau exhibit during the 2016 Minnesota State Fair, which runs August 25 - Labor Day, September 5. A Century Farm database is also available at

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n�Anoka County Book Bundle Donation ANOKA COUNTY FARM Bureau and Minnesota Ca�lewomen donated Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom book bundles to Lincoln Elementary School for the Arts in Anoka on May 25. Michelle Zimmerman, le�, and Amy �uinn, second from le�, received the bundles from Juanita Reed-Boniface, second from right and Dick Boniface, far right.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau is pleased to recognize 22 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2016. A commemorative certificate signed by Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Sesquicentennial Farm recognition. Information on all Sesquicentennial Farm families will be available online at


Minnesota Farm Bureau Recognizes Sesquicentennial Farms Blue Earth County Jack May, Mankato, 1865

Brown County Leslie J. Peterson, Sleepy Eye, 1866 Carver County Kugath Farms, Cologne, 1866 Freeborn County David M. Ausen, Alden, 1857

Goodhue County Kent Haugen, Zumbrota, 1866 Mary E. (McKinley) Lundell and Danny O. Lundell, Cannon Falls, 1866 Houston County Francis J. Lynch Trust, Houston, 1864

Kandiyohi County Philip J. and Jennifer J. Slinden, Atwater, 1866

Mower County Hanson Family Farms, Grand Meadow, 1866 Rohne Family Farms, Lyle, 1858

Olmsted County Clarence and Maxine Carpenter, Rochester, 1865 Betty Dorsey Silker, Byron, 1858 Chris and Lauire Hawkins, Pine Island, 1866 Rice County Rene D. and Pamela D. Koester, Nerstrand, 1865

Sibley County LeRoy Grewe, Gaylord, 1863 Steven and Debra Sjostrom, Lafayette, 1865 Stearns County Kenneth J. Meyer, Freeport, 1865 Daniel and Mary Ann Pung, Melrose, 1864

Waseca County Joyce Farm, Merrifield, 1865 Rollins Family Farms, Pemberton, 1866

Washington County Viola E. Sullwold, Lake Elmo, 1864 Winona County James J. Kammerer, Winona, 1866

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n�Nicollet County Buffer Map Review FARM BUREAU MEMBERS were encouraged to review the maps created by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to see what waterways would be required under the new Minnesota buffer law by the May 31 deadline. Nicollet County Farm Bureau hosted a mee�ng at the local Soil and Water Conserva�on District (SWCD) o�ce on May 25 for farmers to view the maps and ask ques�ons. Pictured, Nicollet County Farm Bureau members view their maps with SWCD staff.







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Save the Date ! Farmers to Washington D.C.

September 12-16 Join Farm Bureau members from Minnesota as we take our message to federal decision-makers and see Farm Bureau in ac�on. �his tour is an ideal opportunity to have an impact on public policy and to see historic Washington, D.C. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by sending in a $50 per person, non-refundable deposit before July 22. Given the nature of mee�ngs �ondu�ted, the Farmers to Washington, D.C. trip is limited to Farm Bureau members who are 13 years and older. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa�on (MFBF) is offering 10 – $300 grants (one per county) for the Farmers to Washington, D.C. trip. A registra�on form and $50 deposit must be the submi�ed to MFBF to be eligible for the grant. Grants are distributed on a first come first serve basis. Check with your county Farm Bureau for sponsorship opportuni�es. Register by contac�ng Judy Pilcher at 651-768-2114 or judy.pilcher��

tempted to respond with an angry blog post directed at the company’s misunderstanding about agriculture and call for a boycott. However, if this post is only read by your agriculture friends, have you really accomplished anything? Have you really changed the target companies marketing strategy? Probably not. It would be much more effective to make it a point to initiate conversation with those who trust your opinions and find ways to illustrate why you farm the way you do. Is it possible that a hyperreaction to a relatively innocuous bit of social media marketing results in making those of us in agriculture look intolerant of other opinions or at worst make it look like we have something to hide? What if an acquaintance mentions that they are uncomfortable with how animals are cared for on today’s farms? The temptation might exist to immediately tell them all the reasons their opinion is wrong and dismiss their thoughts on the issue. Would you appreciate someone treating you that way? Would you want to continue the conversation with that person? Would you look to that person to answer further questions? I doubt it. A better approach would be to ask them why they feel that way about animal care. Tell them your personal experience, ask them if they have any other questions and offer yourself as a resource or future inquiries. These things are not easy. It’s easy to let your tempers flare when talking about a subject you are so passionate about, and I’ve made all the mistakes I’ve mentioned above. But, as people

MELINDA GROTH MFBF P&E COMMITTEE MEMBER Hometown: Ridgeway Family: My husband Glen and I have one daughter, Ellery – 1 year old Educa�onal Background: Iowa State University, B.S. Biology Farm Descrip�on: 65 milking cow dairy herd, 950 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa Hobbies: I enjoy living and working in the country and the lifestyle that comes along with it, but maybe not the laundry! If I’m not home, I’m probably riding one of my horses. Dates to Remember: MFB Founda�on Spor�ng Clay Tournament – July 22; Farmfest – August 2-4; Minnesota State Fair. Volunteer to work in our booth – August 25-September 5; MFBF Annual Mee�ng – �ovember 17-19. �eadership Conference in Bemidji – February 3-4

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Join us! The premiere agricultural event in Minnesota is August 2-4 and promises to deliver another great year. Located on the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Farmfest is the largest farm show in Minnesota. The event is produced by IDEAg, a division of American Farm Bureau Federation, and hosts over 600 exhibitors which span more than 50 acres of land.

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$12 per person Under 18—FREE Visit for discounted tickets! FREE parking! No Pets allowed on the show grounds. This includes pets on leashes (unless ADA approved service animals). Download the Farmfest Mobile App at for details. Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest - Wednesday • Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Forum Tent Free to first 1,000 people • Daily door prizes Eat at the Farm Bureau Food Tent The tent is located on the north central side at the end of Sixth Street. Farm Bureau will be serving pork chops on a stick, pickles, Schwan’s ice cream and assorted beverages. Proceeds raised go to the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation and will go towards agricultural education, safety education and leadership development. The Farm Bureau display will also be located under the tent. Minnesota Farm Bureau Farm Safety Carnival Sponsored by: Minnesota Farm Bureau The Farm Safety Carnival offers hands-on education for children and their families on recognizing and avoiding farm dangers and practicing safe farm activities. A fun adventure for the whole family to learn about safety and possibly win a prize. The Farm Safety Carnival is sponsored by RedBrownVille Farm Safety 4 Just Kids and the Minnesota Farm Bureau. To take part in the carnival, stop by Minnesota Farm Bureau (#7) at the north end of the show grounds. Farm Bureau Financial Services Stop by the Farm Bureau Financial Services tent – located just north of the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center (booth/lot F2) on Sixth Street. Register for a chance to win a Big Green Egg grill.

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Tuesday, August 2 Ag Innovator’s Day Ag Innovators’ Day offers an exciting and unique experience to attendees looking to learn more about how to improve the functions of their production. Ag Innovators’ Day Gold Sponsor AgStar Financial Ag Innovators’ Day Silver Sponsor Minnesota Corn Growers Association 9:00 a.m. Producer FRED Talks Farmer-led FRED (Farmer Rancher Education) Talks will focus on real-world application of innovative technologies and solutions. 10:30 a.m. Congressional Candidates Forum 6th, 7th and 8th Districts Noon Linder Farm Network Ag Hour 1:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation 2:30 p.m. Minnesota Corn Growers FREE Sweet Corn Feed 3:00 p.m. Minnesota 4-H Science of Ag Challenge Presentations Together with the University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota 4-H created the Science of Ag Challenge in 2015 to keep agriculture education vital and relevant while promoting excitement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The Science of Ag Challenge brings teams of youth from across the state, along with their adult mentors, together to explore and develop science-based solutions to agriculture-related issues. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation is a sponsor of the 4-H Science in Ag Challenge.

Wednesday, August 3 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Minnesota Farm Bureau FREE Pancake Breakfast Limited to the first 1,000 attendees 9 a.m. Ag Weather & Grain Marketing Update 10:30 a.m. Congressional Candidates Forum 1st, 2nd and 3rd Districts

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Thursday, August 4 9 a.m. NEW EVENT! Minnesota Soybean Breakfast “Post-Harvest Marketing Tips (Featuring my Best Friends)” Ed Usset, U of M Grain Marketing Specialist 10:30 a.m. Strategizing to Address Challenging Farm Issues Noon Linder Farm Network Ag Hour 1:15 p.m. Farm Family of the Year Recognition Program Presented by: University of Minnesota The Farm Family of the Year Recognition Program has existed

for more than three decades and honors farm families throughout Minnesota for their contributions to agriculture and their local communities. This event honors approximately 80 families, one from each county, who will be named a “2016 Farm Family of the Year.” For information on the 2016 University of Minnesota Farm Family of the Year or the event, visit Along with Farmfest, University units sponsoring the recognition event include: University of Minnesota Extension, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), the Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station and the College of Veterinary Medicine. Special Daily Events Ride & Drive Demonstrations Stop by the newly relocated Ride & Drive space, on the Northeast side of the show, to test drive some of the latest products from these exhibitors: • 2017 Ford Super Duty: “Drive the Future of Tough” Tour • American Honda

1 p.m. Pedal Pull Located near Entrance Gate 2 Sponsored by: Minnesota Soybean Bring your youngster to the Farmfest Pedal Pull to see how he or she fares in the show’s most widely-attended children’s contest. Children ages 4-11 are eligible to participate, and the top three contestants in each bracket will win an award. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Minnesota State Patrol Vehicle Inspection Nuss Truck Booth, #830 Sponsored by: Minnesota State Patrol Come watch, listen, and learn as members of the Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section and Minnesota Department of Transportation demonstrate how vehicle inspections are conducted, what they look for, and why. Inspectors will explain this year’s many law changes affecting the operation of farm vehicles and how revised inspection procedures are making it more important than ever for farm truck operators to know about proper maintenance and vehicle requirements.


Rewards and Expectations for Serving on the MFBF Board of Directors As a way to let Farm Bureau members know about the benefits and time commitments of Board service, following are a series of rewards and expectations for those serving on the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Board of Directors.

Farm Bureau Beliefs


n�Economic progress, cultural advancement, ethical and religious principles flourish best where people are free, responsible individuals.

• Directors receive leadership and personal growth training, improving public speaking and other interpersonal relationship skills. • Valuable leadership experience serving on various outside general boards/task forces for which MFBF is represented. • They have the opportunity to serve fellow Farm Bureau members, and agriculture knowing they are helping to shape the organization’s future through these Board positions.

n�Time Commitments

• Attend MFBF Board meetings, which include seven face-to-face meetings and several conference calls per year. • Opportunity to participate in other meetings such as: Day on the Hill, Washington, D.C., Leadership Conference, Annual Meeting, AFBF National Leadership Conference and/or AFBF Annual Meeting. • Potentially serve as a voting delegate to the AFBF Annual Meeting. • Potentially serve on internal or external task forces or committees. • Visit each county within their district annually. • Promptly respond to action requests. • Have computer equipment and Internet access or be willing to obtain such so you may respond to e-mail requests and receive periodic reports from the state office.

n�Other Commitments

The president, vice president or district directors shall not serve as a county Farm Bureau president. Directors are expected to: • Technology Expectations: Board members are expected to have computer equipment and internet access so they may promptly respond to email requests and receive periodic reports from the Minnesota Farm Bureau state office. • County Visits: Board members are expected to attend the annual meeting or other event in each county Farm Bureau in their district at least annually. • Financial Expectations: Board members are expected to contribute annually to the MFBF state and federal PACs, MFB Foundation and AFB Foundation. • Membership Growth: Board members are encouraged to meet the MFBF Producers Club threshold by signing at least five (5) new Farm Bureau members each year. • Attendance at State Board Meetings: Board members are expected to attend all board meetings and/or conference calls as scheduled throughout the year.

n�Financial Compensation

Board members shall be paid a per diem of $105 per day for attendance at officially called board meetings including electronic meetings or for attendance at any event as a representative of Farm Bureau as requested by the MFBF president or executive director. They shall also be reimbursed for meals and lodging when attending Farm Bureau functions. A board member shall be paid travel expenses based on the latest IRS rate. For additional information, contact Chris Radatz, MFBF executive director, at or 651-768-2014.

n�America’s unparalleled progress is based on freedom and dignity of the individual, sustained by basic moral and religious concepts.


n�Individual freedom and opportunity must not be sacrificed in a quest for guaranteed “security.” n�We believe in government by legislative and constitutional law, impartially administered, without special privilege. n�We believe in the representative form of government...a provided in our Constitution, in limitations on government power, in maintenance of equal opportunity in the right of each individual to freedom of worship and in freedom of speech, press and peaceful assembly. n�Individuals have a moral responsibility to help preserve freedom for future generations by participating in public affairs and by helping to elect candidates who share their fundamental beliefs and principles.

Qualifications for the MFBF Board of Directors According to the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation by-laws, Article IV – Board of Directors – Section 3; Qualifications: The members of the Board of Directors of this corporation shall be voting members in good standing of a county Farm Bureau Association holding active membership in this corporation and shall be actively engaged in farming. A person holding or actively seeking an elective office to represent the general public in the state or national government shall not be eligible to be an officer or member of the Board of Directors.

n�People have the right and the responsibility to speak for themselves individually or through organizations of their choice without coercion or government intervention. n�Property rights are among the human rights essential to the preservation of individual freedom. n�We believe in the right of every person to choose an occupation; to be rewarded according to his/her contributions to society; to save, invest or spend; and to convey his/her property to heirs. Each person has the responsibility to meet financial obligations incurred. n�We believe that legislation and regulations favorable to all sectors of agriculture should be aggressively developed in cooperation with allied groups possessing common goals. We support the right of private organizations to require membership as a prerequisite for member services.

Mission An advocate for agriculture driven by the beliefs and policies of our members.

Delegates will elect a vice president and TWO state board members The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Board of Directors elections will be held at this year’s Annual Meeting on November 18. Board of Director positions to be elected include: MFBF Vice-President (two-year term) and board members (three-year terms) from Districts II and V. District II includes the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Nicollet, Renville, Scott, Sibley and Watonwan. District V includes the counties of Anoka, Benton-Mille Lacs, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Kanabec-Isanti, Pine, Sherburne, Washington-Ramsey and Wright. The Young Farmers and Ranchers chair and the Promotion and Education chair (one year terms) will also be elected by the voting delegates. The deadline for candidate position statements and headshot photo to be submitted for print in “The Voice of Agriculture” is Friday, October 7. Statements should be sent to Minnesota Farm Bureau, Attn: Kristin Harner, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164 or emailed to District caucuses will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 18. County Farm Bureau delegates from Districts II and V will nominate an individual to represent that district on the MFBF Board of Directors. The election of vice president, district board directors and state committee chairs will be conducted by all county Farm Bureau delegates during the Annual Meeting Voting Delegate Session.


Capitol Corner AMBER HANSON • Director of Public Policy For more information on legislative issues, contact the MFBF Public Policy Team at 651-768-2100 or visit the Legislative Action Alert Center at

NATIONAL NEWS H�Supreme Court Decision a Win for Landowners In a win for landowners, the United States Supreme Court released a unanimous decision that landowners can challenge Army Corps of Engineers’ wetlands determinations in court. In a court case that began in Minnesota, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. ultimately decided against the Army Corp which argued that landowners did not have the right to challenge jurisdictional determinations in court because landowners still have options after receiving the jurisdiction by either proceeding without a permit and challenge the criminal and civil penalties in court or apply for a permit and seek judicial review afterwards. American Farm Bureau filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of landowners. H�2017 Renewable Fuels Standard The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released their proposal for 2017 target levels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). As it did for 2016, EPA cited its waiver authority under the renewable fuel law to set the 2017 target less than Congress mandated, citing market conditions and refiners’ stated capacity to meet the level. The proposed levels call for a total renewable fuels level of 18.8 billion

gallons. 14.8 billion gallons will be of conventional ethanol, which is slightly shy of the 15 billion gallons that are required under the RFS. The rest of the proposal calls for 4 billion gallons of advanced biofuels and 312 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol. Although the 2017 proposal is still under the Congressional levels, it’s closer than 2016 levels which called for 18.11 billion gallons. This is a proposal, and EPA will be accepting public comment through July 11. They will also be holding a public hearing on the proposal on June 9 in Kansas City, Missouri. Farm Bureau policy supports the Renewable Fuels Standard 2 (RFS2) as passed in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. H�145 Members of House Question EPA’s Anti Ag Campaign Minnesota’s Representatives Tom Emmer and Collin Peterson joined 143 of their colleagues with a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) administrator Gina McCarthy, raising concerns over EPA’s funding of a grassroots lobbying campaign against farmers and ranchers in Washington state. The members requested answers regarding EPA Region 10’s funding of the website and the associated grassroots advocacy campaign aimed at influencing Washington state legislators. The

campaign is at least partially funded by a multi-million dollar EPA grant. The grassroots campaigned used these federal funds to maintain a website, run radio ads and place billboards depicting dead fish and polluted water. The campaign urges individuals to contact their state legislators and “hold the agricultural industry to the same level of responsibility as other industries.” Until very recently, a prominent section of the website directed the public “Take action! We’ve made it simple.” The public could then press a button to send a form email directly to their state legislators advocating for 100-foot stream buffer zones and other policies. An EPA Inspector General’s report from 2014 warned EPA that it had insufficient protections in place to ensure awardees were not using funds for advocacy, propaganda and/or lobbying efforts. H�Congressional Appropriations Process Seeks to Block WOTUS Rule The House Appropriations Committee voted 31 to 19 to approve a $32.1 billion spending bill to fund the U.S. Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Forest Service for the 2017 fiscal year. Included in the spending provisions are policy riders including a provision that would block the EPA from implementing the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The Senate Appropriations Committee

passed their funding bill for the Interior Department, EPA and Forest Service for the 2017 fiscal year. Their legislation also contains a provision blocking WOTUS implementation. Language was also included to remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming. However, because of these and other controversial policy riders, the Democrats have threatened to block the bill from moving on the Senate floor. H�FAA Releases Final Small UAS Rule The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the final Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) rule. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) submitted comments to the FAA during its proposed rulemaking last year, and while the final rule did not include all of AFBF’s recommendations, it does provide a path forward to integrate this emerging tool for American agriculture. Farm Bureau looks forward to working with the FAA to fine tune this rule so farmers and ranchers can maximize drone technology to its fullest potential. The rule will become effective in late August 2016. Additional information including Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the FAA website, Once the final rule is implemented,


Labels are No Substitute for Ag’s Real Success Stories By Andrew Walmsley In a world consumed by daily deadlines, social media and a myriad of other distractions, it’s natural to seek out things that can help us feel more grounded, to find a sense of place. Many people feel like they have lost their connection to the land and are looking to establish or restore a connection with their food. So they gravitate to labels and taglines that make them feel good—labels that create a “story” but don’t offer much information in return. This is where it’s up to farmers to help bridge the gap with consumers looking to understand where their food comes from. They have a unique perspective because of their connection to the land and soil every day, and while agriculture today looks far different than it did for past generations, the passion and care today’s farmers have for the land has not changed. They just have better tools. Thanks to new innovations, farmers are making great strides in reducing their environmental impact while producing more food than ever before. Biotech crops alone

have made it possible for farmers to cut back pesticide use by over 36 percent compared to non-biotech crops and increase yields by over 21 percent. This has a positive ripple effect as machine and fuel use is cut down as well. Farmers rely on science and must be grounded in it to provide the abundance that they do. Unfortunately, there are those who misunderstand and misrepresent agricultural innovation. But a few vocal opponents shouldn’t be allowed to dictate what farmers can and cannot grow on their farmland or unnecessarily scare consumers. Yet that is just what we’re seeing with state mandates like Vermont’s GMO labeling law. The first of its kind, this law from a small state will have a big impact on farmers, ranchers, businesses and food manufacturers across the nation when it takes effect July 1, unless preempted by a new, federal law. Two years ago, a Cornell University study estimated the cost of a patchwork of state GMO labeling laws to be an additional $500 per year for a family of four. A more recent study doubled the estimate to



there will be three ways to fly a UAS for work, business or nonrecreational reasons: 1. Follow the requirements of Part 107 (final rule). 2. Follow the rules contained in the Section 333 grant of exemption. 3. Obtain an airworthiness certificate for the aircraft.

Following are a few highlights included in the final rule: • The UAS must weigh less than 55 pounds including the payload. • Maximum altitude is 400 feet above ground level. • If a structure is higher than 400 feet, then the UAS must

n� Farm Safety Day FILLMORE AND HOUSTON County Farm Bureaus hosted sta�ons at the annual Farm and Safety Day in Mabel on May 17. Students had the opportunity to learn from the volunteers about safety on the farm with tractors and wagons.

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n�Progressive Agriculture Safety Day in Mahnomen County MAHNOMEN COUNTY FARM Bureau partnered with First Na�onal Bank to host the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day on May 17 to help area youth learn about safety on the farm and in rural communi�es. Over �� volunteers assisted 1�� fourth and ��h grade students from the county.

remain within 400 feet of the structure in order to fly above 400 feet above ground level. • Maximum speed is 100 mph. • Daylight operations only (30 minutes before official sunrise to 30 minutes after official sunset is permissible with appropriate anti-collision lighting). • Visual line-of-sight required. • Visual observer is allowed but not required. • Operator must be 16 years or older. • No flying over people not participating in the flight operation. • UAS operators must obtain a remote pilot certificate. • Pass an aeronautical knowledge test at FAAapproved testing center. • Vetted by Transportation Security Administration. • Certificate is good for two years. • Airworthiness certificate is not required. • Insurance is not required. Applications for the remote pilot certificate will not be accepted until the final rule is implemented.

t LABELS FROM 15A more than $1,000 a year for a family of four. The cost could easily be much higher than that when product reformulation and lost agricultural productivity are considered. The cost will be higher still for farmers and ranchers, and the land, if mandatory labeling prompts companies to stop using GM ingredients altogether. Farm Bureau is not opposed to voluntary GMO labeling. We are opposed to mandatory and state-by-state labeling laws. We believe the market and consumers should decide. If a company wants to put a non-GMO label on its product, as long as that label is truthful and not misleading, that company should be free to do so. Since the nutritional makeup of food products from GMO crops is the same as traditional food, the Food and Drug Administration does not require labeling of GMO foods. But consumers already have easy access to non-GMO

foods if that’s their wish: They can buy food certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We’ve grown so accustomed to having an abundance of food options that it’s easy to lose sight of how fortunate we are to have such variety. But we lose all that and more if we shutdown agricultural innovation: Farmers and ranchers and consumers will all feel the loss. It is time for agriculture to take a stand and protect tools that are critical to the future of farming. Farmers and ranchers must take charge of telling their story. If not, there are plenty of other people out there who are more than willing to craft a story for agriculture. Andrew Walmsley is a director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation.This column was originally published in the June|July 2016 issue of Rural Route, a Wisconsin Farm Bureau publication.

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Photos by Ma� Addington IN PARTNERSHIP WITH the American Farm Bureau Founda�on for Agriculture �AFBFA�, 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 PeasGROTH to the Table” and Miss America’s pla�orm, “Healthy MELINDA Children, Strong America.” Pictured are Mrs. Johnson’s 3rd grade and Mrs. Down’s kindergarten classes at Sibley Elementary in Northfield, Northfield Montessori Kindergarten and representa��es from St. Dominic’s 3rd grade that par�cipated in the contest. MELINDA GROTH

Miss America 2016 Be�� 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 spring and is a partnership between the two organizations. Cantrell and Tesch were interested in visiting the classrooms in Northfield that were participating to see it in action before the contest ended on May 16. They saw firsthand what students were learning. 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 grows the greatest amount of peas (measured in cups) using no more than 20 pea seeds during the official contest period will be declared the winner. “We are 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 runs March 1 May 16. To learn more about the contest go to /first-peas-contest-2016. In conjunction with the contest,

WHILE IN MINNESOTA, Miss America 2016 Be�y Cantrell �isited 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.

AFB Foundation encourages 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 donation to the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. Students in the classrooms participating in the First Peas to the Table Contest also received the book autographed by Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell. The Dakota County Farm Bureau also donated Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Book Bundles to each school that participated in the contest in their county to recognize the students efforts and provide an ongoing learning opportunity. Farm Visits In addition, to the visit to the school, Cantrell toured FarGaze Farms near Northfield to learn about corn, soybeans, pigs, cattle, peas for processing and renewable fuels. She also met with agricultural leaders and toured Wolf Creek Dairy near Dundas. Special guests meeting with Cantrell during the tours included 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way Kyla Mauk, Minnesota Farm Bureau

MISS AMERICA 2016 Be�y Cantrell �iewed 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.

FAR-GAZE FARMS in Northfield showed Miss America 2016 Be�y Cantrell a pea field for processing before gi�ing her a tour of their farm and a ride in one of their tractors. Cantrell was also able to see different technologies used on the farm, and how they help with farm efficiency. The farm is owned and run by Brian, Bruce and Chris Peterson and their families.

President Kevin Paap, Minnesota Corn Growers Past President and farm tour host Bruce Peterson, Midwest Dairy Association board member and farm tour host Barb Liebenstien, Minnesota Beef Council board member Katie Brenny, Minnesota FFA Association 2015-2016 State Reporter Madison Taylor, 4-Hers in Dakota and Rice Counties, Minnesota Pork Board Chair Kevin Estrem, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council board

member Keith Schrader, Minnesota Turkey Growers Association past president John Zimmerman and many other guests. Learn more about Cantrell’s visit to Minnesota at bureau or


Scott County Fair (Jordan) July 27-31 Norm Pint, 952-492-2436 Blue Earth County Fair (Garden City) July 28-30 Li Madsen, 507-933-0843

Cannon Valley Fair (Cannon Falls) July 1-4 Phyllis Althoff, 507-263-3548 Kittson County Fair (Hallock) July 6-10 Barb Peterson, 218-762-6661

Becker County Fair (Detroit Lakes) July 28-31 Lowell Jorgenson, 218-847-5587

Polk County Fair (Fertile) July 6-10 Michael Moore, 218-779-7858 South St. Louis County Fair (Proctor) July 6-10 Mary Korich, 218-628-2401

Big Stone County Fair (Clinton) July 14-17 Bruce Wellendorf, 320-325-3247

Winona County Fair (St. Charles) July 6-10 Winona County Fair Board, 507-932-3074

Clay County Fair (Barnesville) July 14-17 Pam Aakre, 218-354-2675

Aitkin County Fair (Aitkin) July 6-9 Kirk Peysar, 218-927-2465

Sherburne County Fair (Elk River) July 14-17 Irene Kostreba, 763-441-3610

Cass County Fair (Pillager) July 7-10 Donna Klimek, 218-746-3348

Todd County Fair (Long Prairie) July 14-17 Debra Durheim, 320-732-2739

Northern Minnesota District Fair (Littlefork) July 7-10 Sue Cole, 218-278-4405

Watonwan County Fair (St. James) July 14-17 Don Craig, 507-375-5515

Lake of the Woods County Fair (Baudette) July 13-16 Alona Canfield, 218-634-1437

Mahnomen County Fair (Mahnomen) July 14-16 Sarah Snetsinger, 218-261-0685

Wabasha County Fair (Wabasha) July 13-16 Barb Petit, 507-251-7149

Roseau County Fair (Roseau) July 17-22 Richard Magnusson, 218-689-6634

Dodge County Fair (Kasson) July 13-17 Marilyn Lermon, 507-634-7736

Fillmore County Fair (Preston) July 18-24 Kathy Tesmer, 507-272-2261

Hubbard County Fair (Park Rapids) July 13-17 Shell Prairie Ag Association, 218-237-3247

Rice County Fair (Faribault) July 19-24 John Dvorak, 507-332-2470

Pennington County Fair (Thief River Falls) July 13-17 Ray Safranski, 218-416-2550 Ramsey County Fair (Maplewood) July 13-17 Joe Fox, 651-777-6514 Redwood County Fair (Redwood Falls) July 13-17 Jeff Potter, 507-627-2801 Waseca County Fair (Waseca) July 13-17 Robin Dulas, 507-835-8958

Faribault County Fair (Blue Earth) July 19-23 Sara Gack, 507-520-6552 Isanti County Fair (Cambridge) July 20-24 Jolene Hasselfeldt, 763-689-8487 Marshall County Fair (Warren) July 20-24 Cindy Anderson, 218-745-4445 Otter Tail County Fair West (Fergus Falls) July 20-23 Mike Holstrom, 218-736-0272

Pope County Fair (Glenwood) July 20-24 Paul Koubsky, 320-491-5663 Yellow Medicine County Fair (Canby) July 21-23 Melissa Denelsbeck, 507-223-5852 Chisago County Fair (Rush City) July 21-24 Mike Hochstatter, 320-358-0296 Otter Tail County Fair East (Perham) July 21-24 Diane Sazama, 218-346-2750 Grant County Fair (Herman) July 21-24 Michelle Sperr, 320-677-2284 Olmsted County Fair (Rochester) July 25-31 Terry Leary, 507-367-2455 Jackson County Fair (Jackson) July 26-30 Michael Stade, 507-841-0709 Anoka County Fair (Anoka) July 26-31 Ray Hyovalti, 763-427-4070 Rock County Fair (Luverne) July 27-30 Lee Sells, 507-449-3247 Chippewa County Fair (Montevideo) July 27-31 Carmen Haugen, 320-793-6727 Kanabec County Fair (Mora) July 27-31 John Angstman, 320-679-3371 Lincoln County Fair (Tyler) July 27-31 Curt Madsen, 507-247-5454 Stearns County Fair (Sauk Centre) July 27-31 Jackie Spoden-Bolz, 320-352-2482 Wright County Fair (Howard Lake) July 27-31 Dennis Beise, 320-543-2111


Crow Wing County Fair (Brainerd) August 2-6 Jerry Grimsley, 218-829-6680 Benton County Fair (Sauk Rapids) August 2-7 Laura Falconer, 320-253-5649 Freeborn County Fair (Albert Lea) August 2-7 Norm Fredin, 507-373-6965 Pipestone County Fair (Pipestone) August 3-6 Mark Moeller, 507-825-5979 pipestonecountyfair.sites. Clearwater County Fair (Bagley) August 3-7 Al Paulson, 218-694-2780 Pine County Fair (Pine City) August 3-7 Steve Hallan, 320-629-3408 Sibley County Fair (Arlington) August 3-7 Dennis Van Moorlehem, 507-964-5698 Washington County Fair (Lake Elmo) August 3-7 Kim Salitros, 651-433-0103 Meeker County Fair (Litchfield) August 4-7 Loree Schultz, 320-593-3247 Dakota County Fair (Farmington) August 8-14 Kristine Smith, 651-463-8818 Goodhue County Fair (Zumbrota) August 9-14 Chuck Schwartau, 507-732-5001 Mower County Free Fair (Austin) August 9-14 Denise Schneider, 507-433-1868 Renville County Fair (Bird Island) August 10-12 Justin Vogt, 320-365-3242



t FAIR FROM 2B Kandiyohi County Fair (Willmar) August 10-13 Cheryl Johnson, 320-2350886 Brown County Free Fair (New Ulm) August 10-14 Lucy Gluth, 507-354-2223 Carver County Fair (Waconia) August 10-14 Twyla Menth, 952-442-2333

Nicollet County Fair (St. Peter) August 10-14 Ann Volk, 507-934-2684

Stevens County Fair (Morris) August 10-14 Mary Hill, 320-589-1062

Lake County Fair (Two Harbors) August 18-21 Rachel Bailey, 218-269-4159

Nobles County Fair (Worthington) August 10-14 Karla Talsma, 507-376-5143

Beltrami County Fair (Bemidji) August 10-14 Rina Phillips, 218-751-4106

Le Sueur County Fair (LeCenter) August 18-21 Ruth Hoefs, 507-357-6500

St. Louis County Fair (Chisholm) August 10-14 Bettie Valley, 218-263-4256

Lyon County Fair (Marshall) August 10-14 Deloris Richards, 507-320-2175

Wilkin County Fair (Breckenridge) August 18-21 Milan Drewlow, 701-640-6644

Mille Lacs County Fair (Princeton) August 11-14 Florence Dehn, 763-389-3138

SW St. Louis County Fair (Floodwood) August 26-28 Susan Coccie, 218-476-2716 southweststlouiscountyfair.

Morrison County Fair (Little Falls) August 11-14 Roxanne Kathrein, 320-632-1040

Traverse County Fair (Wheaton) August 25-28 Janet Koch, 320-808-6323 traverse-county-fair/


Lac qui Parle County Fair (Madison) September 8-11 Todd Patzer, 320-598-3989 Source: Minnesota Federation of County Fairs

Koochiching County Fair (Northome) August 12-14 Karrie Greser, 218-897-5205 Cottonwood County Ag Awareness Promotion Night Date: July 19 Time: 5:30-9 p.m. Location: Cottonwood County Fairgrounds, Windom Cost: Free Activities: Farmland movie, children’s activities, food Parking: At the fairgrounds Contact: Matthew Adrian, 507-301-4098 or Mike Wojahn, 507-822-1100 Sponsored by: Cottonwood County Farm Bureau and Cottonwood County Corn and Soybean Growers Rice County Breakfast at the Fair Date: July 20 Time: 7:30-9 a.m. Location: Rice County Fairgrounds Cost: Free Menu: Eggs, sausage, fruit, rolls Activities: In connection with the Rice County Fair and Ag Hall of Fame recognition Contact: Mary Jo Schoenfeld, 507-455-0745 Sponsored by: Rice County Farm Bureau Nicollet County Breakfast on the Farm Date: July 23 Time: 7-10 a.m. Location: Johnson Hall, Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 West Union, St. Peter Costs: Free will offering Menu: Pancakes, sausage, eggs Activities: Agriculture displays and animals Parking: At the fairgrounds Contact: Garfield Eckberg, 507-327-3237 or or Dennis Schmidt, 507-276-2002 or Sponsored by: Nicollet County Farm Bureau Le Sueur and Blue Earth County Breakfast on the Farm Date: August 13 Time: 7-11:30 a.m. Location: Guentzel Family Farms, 32172 490th Street, Kasota Cost: Free Menu: Pancakes, eggs, sausage Activities: Farm tour, kids activities, equipment viewing Parking: Free at the farm Contact: Angela Guentzel, Sponsored by: Le Sueur County Farm Bureau, Blue Earth County Farm Bureau, WFS, Genesis, Crystal Valley, local 4-H groups, Corn and Soybean Grower Associations and Pork Producers Cass County Harvest Supper Date: August 27 Time: 5 p.m., social 6 p.m. Location: Sunup Ranch, east of Pillager 1 mile north on County 18 Directions: From Brainerd – 1 mile west on MN 210, 1 mile north on County 18 (Pine Beach Road). From Nisswa – south on MN 371 to south leg of Cass County 77, west 6 miles then south 2 miles on County 18. From Motley – 13 miles east on MN 210, 1 mile north on County 18. Activities: Dinner, music, silent auction Contact: Sarah Kuschel, 218-587-4604 or Sponsored by: Cass County Farm Bureau

Martin County Fair (Fairmont) August 15-21 Edwin Murphy, 507-235-9576 Steele County Free Fair (Owatonna) August 16-21 Jim Gleason, 507-451-5305 Cottonwood County Fair (Windom) August 17-20 Sally Larson, 507-831-6122

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Murray County Fair (Slayton) August 17-20 Kim Konkol, 507-836-6303



Houston County Fair (Caledonia) August 17-21 Emily Johnson, 507-725-3397


Itasca County Fair (Grand Rapids) August 17-21 Melissa Johnson, 218-326-6470

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McLeod County Fair (Hutchinson) August 17-21 Casey Walters, 320-587-2499 Swift County Fair (Appleton) August 17-21 Jon Panzer, 320-815-6138 Carlton County Fair (Barnum) August 18-21 Allysha Sample, 218-389-6737 Douglas County Fair (Alexandria) August 18-21 Earl Anderson, 320-808-7443

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Attend YF&R Summer Leadership Tour in Southeast Minnesota

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee invite you to the 2016 Summer Leadership Tour on July 15. Join YF&Rs and other Farm Bureau members for the one-day agriculture leadership tour. This tour is free to attendees of all ages. Reserve your spot by July 6 by visiting or contacting Michelle DeGeest at 651-768-2151 or n�10:30 a.m. Registration and Lunch North Park, Kasson n�11:15 a.m. Depart for Tours n�11:30 a.m. McNeilus Steel, Inc. – Dodge Center Serving the upper Midwest region for more than 60 years, McNeilus Steel Inc. is a familyowned full line steel distributor and processor dedicated to providing the best in material quality, responsive customer service and on-time delivery. n�1:15 p.m. Seneca Foods – Rochester Seneca Foods is a fully integrated food processor capable of producing an exceptional portfolio of quality food products. In addition to Seneca’s core business of packaged fruit and vegetables, their product portfolio includes

snack chips, sauces, gravies and natural coloring agents. nďż˝2:30 p.m. Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery – Spring Valley Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery is a fully operational winery, cidery, restaurant and event center. Their sprawling estate includes a tasting room and large production areas, as well as a 6-acre vineyard on the property. (Cost: $20 per person for sampling.) nďż˝4:30 p.m. Red Barn Learning Farm – HayďŹ eld The farm is an ideal place for kids to learn. There are so many sights, sounds, colors and smells. The Red Barn Learning Farm has hands-on activities, areas to run and animals to visit. Learn how this farm has worked with teachers to make the farm part of curriculum. nďż˝6:00 p.m. Return to Kasson Dodge County Free Fair 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit Following the oďŹƒcial tours, participants are encouraged to visit the Dodge County Free Fair and view the 9/11 Never Forget exhibit. The memorial includes artifacts such as steel beams from the towers, documentary videos, recordings of ďŹ rst responder radio transmissions and live tours by New York City ďŹ reďŹ ghters.

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Mitchell Marionettes, Tuey the Juggler, Brodini Family Comedy/Magic Show * Plus many more acts!

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FREE Entertainment at the Midway Stage Tuesday, July 19TH @ 7PM Rice County Fair Queen Coronation

Wednesday, July 20TH @ 6:30 – 8:30PM Jivin’ Ivan & the King of Swing

Thursday, July 21ST @ 6-10PM Whitesidewalls

Friday, July 22ND @ 7PM – 9PM Brad Boice –Elvis Impersonator

Saturday, July 23RD @ 7PM Sherwin Linton

Sunday, July 24TH @ 4PM 4-H Parade of Champions

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Demo Derbies - Wed & Sat Nights 7th Time Down free concert - Thurs. Night Truck/Tractor Pull and Mini-Rods - Fri night Dock Dogs - Fri, Sat & Sun Lots of free entertainment on the grounds! Free Gate & Free Parking!


24th Annual Ethnic Fest September 10th, 2016 Walker, MN

Tunnel 2 Towers 9/11 Exhibit Racing Pigs from Leader, MN

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Wednesday-Friday 4-H & FFA Livestock Shows Thursday, July 14 5:00 pm - Boer Goat Open Class Show 6:00 pm - Extreme Cowboy Race Friday, July 15 7:00 am - Free Tractorcade & Breakfast 507-327-3639 to register 5:00 pm - John Spitzner Memorial Tractor & Truck Pull 6:00 pm - Ranch Rodeo Saturday, July 16 9:00 am - 4-H/FFA Auction 11:00 am - Kid’s Game - Horse Arena 5 pm - Enduro Race • 6 pm - Horse Pull Sunday, July 17 Horse Fun Show • 9:00 am - Senior Recognition, Farm Family, Century Farm 1:00 pm - Kids Pedal Pull 4:00 pm - Kids Medallion Race 6:00 pm - Fair Closes

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East Otter Tail County Fair July 21-24, 2016

Carnival, Walk-through exhibits, Showmanship Livestock, Grandstand Events - Tractor Pull & AWF Wrestling.

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July 27-31, 2016

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Worthington, MN Wed., Aug. 10 Tractor Pull, District Dairy Show Thurs., Aug. 11 Family Fun Night Fri., Aug. 12 Nuff & Tuff Ruff Rodeo Sat., Aug. 13 Tri State Beef Show Endurance Race KIDS DAY @ THE FAIR Sun., Aug. 14 Kids Pedal Pull & Car Racing in the evening




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Washington County Fair Lake Elmo, MN Wed., Aug. 3rd - Sun., Aug. 7th, 2016 Our 145th Annual County Fair! 11 a.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m.

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YOUNG FARMERS & RANCHERS 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. A mid-year check-up is vital to your business, especially when margins and cash flows are tight. Don’t just complete the check-up because the lender tells you to; do it because you want to be successful from one year to the next. In my job as a farm business management instructor, I see five things that work best to complete your mid-year checkup. 1. Make sure all books and records are up to date. Records that should be up to date include your financial records, but also your production records. By now, the fields have been planted, so you can record how many acres of each crop. It is also a good time to allocate seed and fertilizer to those crop enterprises, as this will ease stress when year-end review comes. Some of the work will already be done. 2. Monitor your cash flow. I encourage students to print an actual income and expense

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report and compare that to what was projected in the initial cash flow done for the year. Sometimes there are surprises, and we need to know why. The questions to ask are: Am I on track for what I projected? If not, why not? Can I explain this to my lender? How much do the changes alter my cash flow? It is good to ask questions to yourself to dig deeper into how your business cash flows from one year to the next. 3. Review your cost of production / breakeven prices. Once you have reviewed your cash flow and have allocated seed and fertilizer to your crop enterprises, you can review your breakeven. Some farms have had to replant, some have had hail damage. How do these situations affect possible production and yields? Make sure you continually monitor your input costs and production goals and know the impact it has on your breakeven prices. 4. Update your marketing plan. As you continue to monitor your breakeven prices, you should also continue to monitor your marketing plans. When the year started, we were just trying to sell close to breakevens. Now the market has given us some opportunity to sell at and even above our

breakeven targets. Don’t get greedy. The goal for most farm families is to continue to farm from one year to the next, and pass their farm onto the next generation. You can guarantee you meet this goal if you sell above your breakeven every year. You don’t always have to hit a home run when marketing. A string of base hits will also score runs. Make smaller sales as the market provides the opportunity. Also keep in mind what percent sold you have and what times of the year you will be selling. I don’t like farmers to sell more than their crop insurance coverage level. It’s ok to get close to that level, even heading into harvest, especially if we are selling above our breakeven prices. 5. Have a mid-year meeting with your lender. Once you have your mid-year check-up complete, make an appointment with your lender. They like to see you when things are not so stressful and you can spend more time communicating about what you are doing and not fighting to get your operating notes renewed. Communication is the key. Tell them about how the spring planting season went, what your goals and plans are for the summer and moving forward. Just take the opportunity to get

to know your banker, and for your banker to get to know you and your business even better. Let them know if everything is on track and if not, explain. It is always better to give a lender a ‘heads up’ instead of surprising them at the end of the year. It is

much better to be proactive than reactive. Business management is the key to success. By completing a mid-year check-up, you can ensure your business will be on track heading into the harvest season.

TIM AND PAM UHLENKAMP STATE YF&R COMMITTEE MEMBERS Hometown: Green Isle in Sibley County Children: Alivia – 7 years and Oliver – 5 years Farm/Career Des�ri��on: Pam is a farm business management instructor at South Central College through the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture. There she is working one on one with about 45 farm families on transi�on planning, financial planning, and business planning. Tim is an agricultural educa�on instructor and FFA advisory for the Sibley East School district. Tim is one of two advisors that oversee the FFA program with over 100 students and also a 2.5 acre school garden, high tunnel and small orchard. In our li�le spare �me, we enjoy helping out with agriculture youth programs at the local and state level, including Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics training for the local youth. Pam works with the 4-H program during state fair with 4-H media efforts and results, and works during the year for the 4-H Founda�on coordina�ng the 4-H livestock awards and working with those donors. Tim seems to be ge�ng more hours of farming in with a local farmer and enjoys all his �me working with ca�le and baling hay and corn stalks. Why did you get involved in YF&R? We became involved in Farm Bureau when a close friend and APD stopped and picked us up for supper one night; however, she failed to tell us the supper was over a county Farm Bureau mee�ng. We have been involved ever since. We have had many learning experiences over the 10 years of membership, but those that s�ck out to us are� Leadership Conferences – a place to meet people the same age, with the same interests and passion for agriculture. Each farm is so different and we enjoy learning how everyone does things a li�le different to come to the same end result – feeding the world. YF&R trip to Washington D.C. – we always said we never really had an interest in policy…un�l we went to Washington D.C. We learned so much and soon realized policy was something we both really enjoyed. We now par�cipate in all our Day on the Hill events and have go�en to know our local legislators very well. We have learned through YF&R that it is important to have a voice for agriculture, whether you are in produc�on agriculture, business and industry, or just have a passion for ea�ng and food. We choose to be involved in Farm Bureau due to the unified voice for policy no ma�er what your farming prac�ce, your commodity, your size or your loca�on. We want those young agriculturists out there to know that Farm Bureau has many opportuni�es for you, no ma�er what your involvement is in agriculture. We are a great example, we are not directly involved in produc�on agriculture, but we both have careers in agriculture and we s�ll advocate and share the passion with those that are. Dates to Remember: Deadline for Achievement Award Contest – July 15; Deadline for Excellence in Agriculture Contest – July 15; YF&R Summer Leadership Tour in Dodge County – July 15; Minnesota State Fair, volunteer to work in our booth – August 25-September 5

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(164) Chemicals Sure Start...........$38.50/gal. Select Max..........$48.75/gal. Zidua......................$7.15/oz. Flexstar, generic.$28.75/gal Headline Amp...$137.50/gal. Verdict...................$130/gal. Call for other Farm Chemicals & Fertilizers.


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FARM & BUSINESS n�Caterpillar Inc. Members receive up to $2,500 in purchase incentives on Caterpillar Inc. machines. Eligible equipment includes: skid steer loaders, compact and multi-terrain loaders, wheel loaders, telehandlers, backhoe loaders, hydraulic excavators and track-type tractors. Discounts cannot be applied to past purchases. Farm Bureau members in Minnesota must provide a valid Member Verification Certificate to the Cat dealer at the time of purchase or lease quote to receive the discount. To obtain your certificate, go to, click on “Minnesota,” enter your number and zip code. For more information call 651-768-2114. n�Grainger, Inc. Farm Bureau Members can save through Grainger on more than a million different products. To ensure your membership discount is applied, ALWAYS reference Minnesota Farm Bureau’s unique account number (860600410) when visiting your local branch or ordering via Grainger Customer Support Call Center. Create a user ID and password and view exclusive Farm Bureau pricing online. Grainger has established a new Farm Bureau Member Support line at 877-620-2852 to help Farm Bureau members get registered, place orders using their state discount code, check stock, answer questions and provide support for FREE standard ground shipping on any orders placed with Grainger. n�Case IH Tractor and Equipment Incentive Program Eligible Farm Bureau members will receive an incentive discount – from $300-$500 – when purchasing qualifying Case IH equipment from participating dealerships. This discount is stackable, meaning it can be used with other discounts, promotions, rebates or offers that may be provided by Case IH or a Case IH dealership. A current Farm Bureau membership verification certificate must be presented to the Case IH dealer in advance of product delivery to receive an incentive discount. Go to n�AgriPlan/BizPlan Save $5,000 a year with AgriPlanNOW! TASC’s AgriPlanNOW Section 105 Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) plans save members an average of $5,000 annually by enabling family farmers and other qualified small business owners to deduct 100 percent of their family health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket medical, vision and dental expenses not covered by insurance as business expenses. TASC offers an industry-exclusive audit guarantee, a money back guarantee and a TASC card to make medical expense reimbursement as easy as the swipe of a debit card. Farm Bureau members in Minnesota receive a 15% discount. For more information, contact TASC toll-free at 855-591-0562. Be sure to mention discount code MNFA. For a free tax savings analysis, visit the MN Farm Bureau affiliate partner page online at n�Business Succession Handing over the reins of a family farm or business isn’t easy. It takes time and teamwork to create a strategy that fits the goals and objectives of both the current and future owners, especially as operations grow in size and complexity. And oftentimes, starting the conversation is the hardest part. With the right tools and resources at your fingertips, you can be on your way to a successful succession strategy - and peace of mind. Visit to find tips for starting the conversation, assembling a team and understanding planning options.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT For tickets and information on benefits call 651-768-2114 or visit Select Membership Benefits under Membership. First time users will need to create a login. n�Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium, Mall of America Check out the re-designed aquarium. Members receive up to 40% discount on tickets. Order online at n�Nickelodeon Universe®, Mall of America The nation’s largest indoor family theme park. Discounted all day wristband tickets may be ordered at n�Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Discounted zoo admission tickets—offering $2 adult and $1 children and seniors . Can be ordered at n�ValleyFair, Shakopee Members receive a savings off gate price tickets and parking. Tickets may be ordered at n�Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Enjoy discounts to events at The site is updated as new events are announced.

n�Great Wolf Lodge, Wisconsin Dells, WI A perk for the whole pack! A 20% savings off best available room rates and includes up to four waterpark passes. Visit or call 866-925-9653 to make reservations. Use code: MNFB551A. (Offer guaranteed when reservations are made 30 days prior to arrival date). n�Water Park of America, by Mall of America Water Park of America will honor a discounted water park general admission rate of $25 per person per day or $28 per person per day. Discount coupon can be downloaded at (All rates are subject to tax, availability and blackout dates.)

HEALTH n�ScriptSave A prescription drug savings card. Save on brand name and generic prescription purchases at local pharmacies and use Group Number 941. Visit and go to card services page, click on option to enroll and enter requested information. Print out your card. Or call 800-700-3957 to request your card. n�Life Line Screening Receive the following four screenings for $135 and an additional osteoporosis screening at no extra cost: stroke/carotid artery, heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysm and peripheral arterial disease. If there are any issues after screenings, in most cases there are many treatment options available. These decisions are ones you should carefully and thoughtfully discuss with your doctor. For more information call 877-564-7283 or visit n�Anytime Fitness, LLC Farm Bureau members in Minnesota and their immediate family members are eligible to enjoy the following at participating Anytime Fitness clubs: 10% off standard monthly fees; 50% off standard enrollment fees*; Free, 7-day trial passes offered to members who bring proof of their membership to an Anytime Fitness club (one pass per person). Anytime Fitness honors health care fitness incentive programs.

* Valid at participating locations. For a complete list of club locations, visit

n�QualSight LASIK Offers a 40% - 50% off the national average price savings on LASIK vision correction at over 700 locations nationwide. QualSight doctors are credentialed, Board Certified and use the latest FDA technologies. Call 877-507-4448 or visit for a doctor near you. n�Clear Value Hearing Clear Value Hearing and Starkey Hearing Technologies have partnered their resources to offer a comprehensive hearing benefit program offering Farm Bureau members discounts on today’s latest technology. Includes FREE hearing assessment, FREE annual testing, 100% guaranteed custom fit, and much more. Call 888-497-7447 or visit for more information.

FINANCIAL SERVICES n�Farm Bureau Financial Services* (FBFS) FBFS offers a wide range of competitive products and services to county Farm Bureau members in Minnesota. We can help meet your individual and business needs through all stages of your life with home, vehicle, farm/ranch and life insurance, along with products for retirement and education funding, estate preservation, and more. Contact your local Farm Bureau agent or visit our website at today for more information.

* Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company and Western Agricultural Insurance Company, West Des Moines, Iowa

n�Farm Bureau Bank We proudly serve the members of the Farm Bureau and strive to offer the very best products and services. Our banking products include vehicle, equipment and recreational loans with up to 100% financing, FDIC insured deposit products, personal and business credit cards plus more. For more information or to apply visit or call 800-492-3276.

COMMUNICATIONS n�FB Benefits Mobile App Available for free on both Apple and Android devices, the free Farm Bureau Member Benefits App includes alphabetical and categorical listings of member benefits available in Minnesota. It also features a convenient mapping feature to help you identify member benefits near you at any time. Download the app today and get the most from your Farm Bureau membership! Search: FB Benefits. You will need your membership number and zip code to get started.

HOTEL n�Choice Hotels Save up to 20% off rates at almost 6,300 hotels worldwide. Ascend, Quality Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Cambria Suites, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Mainstay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotels, EconoLodge and Rodeway Inn. For reservations call 800-258-2847 or log onto ID # 00209660. n Wyndham Hotel Group Farm Bureau members receive a rate up to 20% off at nearly 7,800 participating hotels. Call ahead to 877-670-7088 to make reservations at Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Ramada, Travelodge, Knights Inn, Wingate Inn, Baymont Inns & Suites, Dream Hotels, Night Hotels, TryP, Super 8, Microtel, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Garden, Wyndham Grand and Hawthorn Suites (10% discount). Refer to group number 8000002603. Visit n�Members save 10% at over 1,400 participating IHG Brand Hotels. Save 10% at over 1,400 participating hotels. IHG’s nine hotel brands include some of the best-known and most popular in the world. The nine hotel brands include: InterContinental®, Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo®, Holiday Inn®, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE® Hotels and Resorts. In order for a member to redeem the Farm Bureau discount, call 877-4242449 or walk into the hotel and ask for the “Farm Bureau Federation” discount, or book online at, click on Advance Search option and enter in the Corporate ID# 100334603.

AUTOMOBILE n�Chevrolet, Buick, GMC The $500 Bonus Cash offer is available to eligible Farm Bureau members, such as Owner Loyalty (discounted employee, dealership employee and supplier pricing is excluded). The $500 “Bonus Cash” offer can be used on the purchase or lease of 2016 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models. Must be a member for at least 30 days prior to date of delivery. To obtain your certificate, go to, click on "Minnesota," enter in your member number (i.e. 9800000) and zip code. Questions can be directed to 651-768-2114. n�Polaris Polaris is offering a manufacturers incentive discount to Farm Bureau members. Members will receive $200 off all *full size all-terrain vehicles (ATV), $300 off all *full size utility and sport vehicles (UTV), and $300 off all *GEM electric vehicles. (*Discount does not apply to any general or youth models.) Must be a member for at least 30 days and provide valid Polaris authorization certificate obtained at n�AAA Farm Bureau members receive up to a 20% discount off AAA membership, applies to new and renewal. Waiver of $10 enrollment fee for new members. For more information on this exclusive program, contact AAA at 800-677-2227 during business hours. Be sure to mention that you are a Farm Bureau member and refer to Group #M875. n�Avis Car Rental Save up to 25% on daily, weekend and weekly rates. For information and reservations, call 800-422-3809 or log onto Mention your Avis worldwide discount number: Minnesota Farm Bureau, A298823.

EXTRA REWARDS n�Theft & Arson Reward Service Rewards individuals up to $1,000 for offering information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) committing theft, arson or vandalism to property belonging to Farm Bureau members. Forms available at local Farm Bureau offices or call 651-768-2114. n�No-Cost Accidental Death Insurance Accidental death insurance policy for the member, spouse and unmarried children younger than 22 years and living at home. The maximum amount of the policy is up to $2,000 for the member and spouse and $1,000 for the children. For more information call 651-768-2114. See n�Farm Bureau Marketer Farm Fresh Guide For the farmer who would like to sell their farm fresh items direct to the consumer. Publishes in the May edition and at To be included contact Judy Pilcher,, 651-768-2114, Fax: 651-768-2159 or visit

July 2016 Voice of Agriculture  
July 2016 Voice of Agriculture