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ASK A FARMER PAGE 6A After 16 years as AFBF President Bob Stallman, left, did not seek reelection. Zippy Duvall, right, from Georgia was elected the 12th President of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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First Peas to the Table Contest PAGE 6B

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Miron Wins National Excellence in Agriculture Competition


ike Miron of Hugo in Washington-Ramsey County Farm Bureau won the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture national competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Annual Meeting. The contest was held during the AFBF Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, January 8-12. Miron advanced to the AFBF competition after capturing top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture contest in November. This contest is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers who may not farm 100 percent of the time to earn recognition while actively contributing to agriculture and building their leadership skills through their involvement in Farm Bureau and their community. “I am grateful and humbled to receive this tremendous honor. I appreciate the efforts of Farm Bureau to provide a voice for American agriculture,” said Miron. “YF&R opportunities have contributed to my professional and personal success, and I would strongly encourage others to get involved. I am thankful for the sponsors of our programs and their investment in young farmers.” As the winner of the contest, Miron receives the choice of a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado or 2016 GMC Sierra courtesy of Chevrolet and a paid registration to the 2016

MARCH 2016

MIKE MIRON, WASHINGTON-RAMSEY County Farm Bureau member, took home top honors in the American Farm Bureau Federa�on �AFBF� Young Farmers & Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture compe��on at the AFBF Annual Mee�ng on �anuary 11� As the �inner of the contest, Miron receives his choice of either a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado or a 2016 GMC Sierra courtesy of the na�onal sponsor Chevrolet�

AFBF YF&R Conference in Kansas City. Mike is the fifth generation to live and work on the family’s dairy and crop farm near Hugo. He is a high school teacher and FFA advisor at Forest Lake. He competed against 29 state winners. Runner-ups in the contest were from Illinois, South Carolina and Virginia. In other AFBF YF&R results, Ben Storm of Dover in Olmsted County competed in the Achievement Award Contest against 30 other state winners, and Katie Miron of Hugo in Washington-Ramsey County represented Minnesota against 37 other state winners in the Discussion Meet contest. Over 60 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota were among the nearly 7,000 Farm Bureau members representing each state and Puerto Rico at the AFBF Annual Meeting. The meeting also featured workshops and seminars, as well as, the national resolutions session, which set policies for the upcoming year. Awards of Excellence As an organization, MFBF earned recognition from AFBF for offering outstanding programs for Farm

Bureau members. MFBF received Awards of Excellence in all six program areas: Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Services; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation and Public Relations and Communications. President’s Award President’s Awards were presented to states from each membership-size group that achieved membership growth and demonstrated superiority in the Awards for Excellence categories. MFBF received recognition for Membership Initiatives and Member Services and was one of 16 states receiving the President’s Award. Navigator Award MFBF also received the Navigator Award for exceeding state membership growth goals and demonstrating superiority in the Awards for Excellence categories.


Farm Bureau Approves 2016 Strategic Action Plan The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) released highlights of its 2016 strategic action plan, which addresses public policy issues in the coming year. The plan is a result of deliberations of delegates to the AFBF’s 97th Annual Convention in Orlando. The board-approved plan focuses the organization’s attention on a number of key issues including: n�Creating a more-positive dialogue with consumers about today’s agricultural practices; n�Protecting farmers’ ability to use biotech plant varieties and other innovative technologies; n�Opposing unlawful expansion of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act (CWA); and n�Moving forward with Congressional approval of the TransPacific Partnership Agreement. “We will continue to work hard to protect the business of American agriculture on all fronts. This plan is an important roadmap to key issue areas that AFBF and our grassroots members will address in 2016,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Waters of the U.S. rule remains among the most pressing issues in agriculture. Although presented as a water issue, the measure in fact

would unlawfully regulate land in violation of the CWA itself. The rule takes over local and state authority while threatening private property rights and normal farming activity nationwide. “EPA’s blatant overreach is nothing short of a federal land grab,” said Duvall. “The administration has refused to listen to business owners, local governments and lawmakers. The courts have ordered this rule temporarily stopped. The Government Accountability Office found EPA’s actions illegal, and Congress—which originally gave EPA its authority under the Clean Water Act—called for an end to this rule. We won’t give up until it’s gone and farmers are free to care for their own land.” AFBF’s action plan also supports agricultural biotechnology that promises great benefits for agriculture, consumers and the environment. “Farmers and ranchers need better tools to be more productive and efficient. We will continue to defend farmers’ and ranchers’ access to biotechnology and protect their right to use other promising new technologies, from data services to drones,” said Duvall. The AFBF board reaffirmed its commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement.

“TPP promises to open up markets around the Pacific Rim. These are some of the fastest-growing markets in the world, and America’s farmers and ranchers are ready to expand business there,” said Duvall. “We’re ready to work with Congress to move this agreement forward for the overall good of U.S. agriculture.” The action plan also places a special focus on food safety and security issues. “Consumers should have the confidence that their food is safe and wholesome. As farmers, we want the best for our families and yours. We’ve made great strides in opening up the dialogue to help consumers understand more about today’s agriculture, but there’s a long way to go,” said Duvall. “All consumers deserve access to safe, affordable food, and we will continue to protect agriculture’s ability to meet that need.” The AFBF board approved an additional list of issues that will require close monitoring as they develop over the course of 2016. Those issue areas include advancing legislation that addresses agriculture’s long- and shortterm labor needs, implementing business tax reform, monitoring the overall farm economy, and energy availability and affordability.


AFBF Delegates Elect New President and Vice President Delegates at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention elected Zippy Duvall to serve as the new president of AFBF and Scott VanderWal as vice president. Vincent “Zippy” Duvall is a poultry, cattle and hay farmer from Greene County, Georgia and served as president of the Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) for nine years. Duvall has held numerous leadership positions in Farm Bureau and his local community. He is the 12th president of the



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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Roelofs 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 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 Doug Busselman, Director . . . . . . . 651-768-2109 Amber Hanson, Associate Director . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2103 Michele DeGeest . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2151 Administrative Assistant

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.

Not just cows, sows and plows

President’s Voice KEVIN PAAP • MFBF PRESIDENT How many Farm Bureau members took a high school or college agricultural education class? What was it about? There was a time when you said the words agricultural education and many thought of cows, sows and plows! Today’s high school Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Education prepares over 21,000 Minnesota students enrolled in 193 programs supported by 243 teachers for successful student careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources system. Minnesota’s high school agricultural education is delivered through three interconnected components. They are (1) Classroom or laboratory instruction, (2) Experiential Learning - those experiences that usually take place outside of the classroom, supervised by the agricultural instructor and (3) Leadership education delivered through student organizations such as FFA. FFA clearly makes a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success, or as Joe Martin, Indiana FFA says, “The organization has grown to be more than cows, sows and plows; the modern FFA is about beakers, speakers and job seekers.” Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education does not stop with high school graduation. Fourteen of our 31 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Institutions as well as the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Minnesota-Crookston offer agricultural related programs and award nearly 800 degrees every year. Today’s students engaging in AFNR experiences

at the high school and college level are prepared to be tomorrow’s leaders. AFNR Education does not stop with college graduation, eight of our MnSCU Institutions at 63 different sites provide Farm Business Management (FBM) courses through 57 instructors to over 3,000 farmers and farm families. The program is delivered through individualized instruction on the farm on a regular basis and also through traditional classroom, small group meetings, field trips and tours. Clearly AFNR Education is a team sport. In fact, Minnesota has a coalition of 13 organizations that work together to make up Team AgEd. They are the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council, Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom, Minnesota FFA Association, Minnesota FFA Foundation, Minnesota FFA Alumni Association, Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators, Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Education, U of MTwin Cities Agricultural Education, U of M-Crookston Agricultural Education, Southwest Minnesota State University – Marshall Agricultural Education, Minnesota Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, and Minnesota Management Education Programs. Minnesota Farm Bureau will continue to be engaged with and support all stakeholders in agricultural education concerning agriculture literacy, career exploration, entrepreneurship, agricultural experiences and leadership development.

Taking Ag’s Message Beyond the Fencerows

Beyond the Fencerows

ZIPPY DUVALL • AFBF PRESIDENT Welcome to “Beyond the Fencerows,” the new monthly column by AFBF President Zippy Duvall. This column is just a snapshot of the ongoing conversation President Duvall is eager to have with Farm Bureau members from across the country on the pressing issues facing agriculture. Just as President Duvall’s father encouraged him years ago to step outside his fencerows to make a difference in the policies affecting his farm, President Duvall invites you to make your voices heard to protect the business of farming for generations to come. ••• When I attended my first county Farm Bureau meeting back in 1977, I never imagined that I’d have the privilege to serve as your president one day. My Farm Bureau journey is truly a testament to how this organization invests in young people and gives farmers and ranchers the tools we need to protect our livelihood. One of the greatest joys of Farm Bureau leadership for me has been getting the chance to give back and pass on what I have learned to the next generation. It has certainly been a whirlwind since we all met in Orlando, but there’s no time to waste in keeping up the important work of our great organization. I’ve enjoyed meeting with many of you over the last few months, and look forward to getting out to visit more of our members across the country to hear directly from you about the issues you are facing on your farms and ranches. I’m eager to bring your stories to Capitol Hill and represent U.S. agriculture, but I’m not the only one our lawmakers want to hear from. The fact is: farmers and ranchers need to be the ones telling our story or someone else will. We each have been given a voice, but it’s our responsibility to speak up and use it. That’s what my father taught me when I was a young farmer just starting out and complaining about regulations and milk prices. “You’re not going to solve those problems inside your fencerows,” he said. “You’ve got to get outside

your fencerows.” My dad encouraged me to attend my first county Farm Bureau meeting, and with the journey that followed, I got a lot farther outside my fencerows than I ever expected. But I have learned over and over again that what my dad said was right: We can’t solve the problems facing agriculture if we’re not willing to step outside our comfort zone. I am proud of the thousands of Farm Bureau members who are investing their time in this important work. Last year alone, 2,415 Farm Bureau members from across the country took their messages straight to Capitol Hill and met with lawmakers to tackle the issues facing agriculture. Our state and national staff work tirelessly fighting for you, but representatives want and need to hear from the people in their home districts. We also need to get out there and share our stories with consumers. People don’t trust what they don’t know. And they don’t trust agriculture because they don’t understand it. Most Americans have never been to a farm and didn’t even grow up near one, but they are ready to learn more about where their food comes from. We need to open up the lines of communication. We need to connect through our shared values, explain how we take care of our land and animals, and tell people about the important steps we take to ensure our food supply is safe. And there’s one other thing consumers need to hear about: How unjust regulations are making our lives so difficult. We know many of our members are afraid to speak openly about their battles with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps and others. We also know the media can be our ally in these struggles – if only we speak up and let journalists tell our story in the first place. Being an advocate for agriculture is not an easy job, but thankfully farmers are used to hard work. More than that, we’re not afraid of a challenge. Step outside your fencerows. We must be faithful with our opportunities today, if we want to preserve our freedoms for tomorrow.

MARCH 2016 • VOICE OF AGRICULTURE • • 3A t COMPETITION FROM 1A AFB Foundation Recognizes Minnesota Farm Bureau MFBF received the Apex Award recognizing the increased total investment in the AFB Foundation by 10 percent or more over the previous year. Donations fund projects that focus on the AFB Foundation’s mission of building awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education. MFBF was also recognized in the state leader category. State Leader Awards are presented to state Farm Bureaus when each board member donates $50 or greater to the AFB Foundation. Dakota County Farm Bureau was recognized in the County Leader Award category. This award is presented to a county Farm Bureau when each member of that county board of directors donates $25 or greater to the AFB Foundation. The MFBF Promotion & Education Committee and the MFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee were recognized with the Challenge Award. This award is presented to Farm Bureau committees when 100 percent of the group donates at least $25 or greater to the AFB Foundation. See more AFBF Annual Meeting photos on page B2


Farm Bureau Members to Serve on National Advisory Committees Three Farm Bureau members from Minnesota were appointed to serve on the 2016 American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Issue Advisory Committees. The issue advisory committees are made up of farmers from across the country with a particular interest and experience in their focus area and serve in an advisory capacity on issues for the AFBF president and board of directors, providing issue and policy development recommendations. The committees met as part of the AFBF Advocacy Conference, February 22-25 in FARM BUREAU MEMBERS from Minnesota appointed to the 2016 Washington, D.C. to discuss American Farm Bureau Federaďż˝onďż˝s ďż˝AFBFďż˝ Advisory Commiďż˝ees met issues of importance to their in Washington D.C. on February 22. Pictured, leďż˝ to right, Jeremy ďż˝eske speciďŹ c subject area. - Le Sueur County AFBF on Water Issues, Marlin Fay - Mower County on The Farm Bureau members AFBF Energy Issues, and Carolyn Olson - Minnesota Farm Bureau from Minnesota appointed to Federaďż˝on District III board director from Lyon County, chairwoman of AFBF Issue Advisory new Organic and Direct Markeďż˝ng. Committees are as follows: nďż˝Marlin Fay of Mower nďż˝Carolyn Olson, Minnesota Farm Bureau County was re-appointed to serve a two-year term District III Board Director from Lyon County, was on the AFBF Energy Issue Advisory Committee. selected as chairwoman of the new Organic and This committee focuses on the Renewable Fuel Direct Marketing Committee. This committee was Standard, wind energy, fracking, pipelines, CAFE created in recognition of the growing size and standards and carbon regulations. policy issues arising from organic production nďż˝Jeremy Geske of Le Sueur County was systems, as well as the importance for many Farm appointed to complete his two-year term on the Bureau members of direct marketing to consumers. AFBF Water Issue Advisory Committee. This The purpose of the Issue Advisory Committees is reorganized committee will focus on Clean Water to help insure that, as a general farm organization, Act issues, national and regional water storage Farm Bureau is serving the needs of all the issues programs, Army Corps of Engineers water related faced by our members. efforts and ood control.


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American Farm Bureau Federation. A Farm Bureau member since 1977, Duvall has held numerous leadership positions in the Greene County Farm Bureau, including president and vice president. Duvall has served on numerous GFB Commodity Advisory Committees, the GFB Policy Development Committee and, as past chairman, the GFB Young Farmer Committee. He has represented Georgia as a voting delegate at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention since being elected to the state board and served on the AFBF Board of Directors in the 1980s as chairman of the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. He also served as member of former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Agricultural Advisory Council. In addition to his Farm Bureau leadership, Duvall is the past chairman of the Greene County Board of Commissioners and is a member of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. He has served on the Rayle EMC board of directors for 16 years. Duvall is a member of the Greensboro Farmers Bank Board of Directors and is a member of the Greensboro/Greene County Chamber of Commerce. Duvall and his wife, Bonnie, have four

children: Vince, Corrie, Zeb and Zellie. Scott VanderWal is a thirdgeneration family farmer from Volga, South Dakota and has been president of the South Dakota Farm Bureau since 2004. Scott has been a member of the South Dakota Farm Bureau board of directors since 1997, including three years as Vice President. Scott and Michelle are both graduates of South Dakota State University and served on the South Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for several years, including one year as chairs. The couple also served on the American Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Committee from 1992-1994, where Scott was elected second vice chairman. Scott and Michelle are active in their church and community. They have two sons, Kyle and Austin. Scott’s agricultural background includes an exchange trip to Germany in 1996, tours of the soybean “frontier� in Brazil in 2001 and 2006 and an agricultural trade mission to Cuba in 2004. More recently Scott has had the opportunity to travel to China and Switzerland to promote agriculture. He is a graduate of the South Dakota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program.

MIKE MIRON WON the American Farm Bureau Federa�on �AFBF� Young Farmers & Ranchers E�cellence in Agriculture contest on January 11. Le� to right, Miron was congratulated by AFBF President Bob Stallman, AFBF YF&R Chair Jon Hegeman and Edward Bailey of Chevrolet.

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n��2016 YF&R Contest Deadlines There are two remaining contests available for Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) (Farm Bureau members ages 18-35) to participate in for 2016. Check out for more information and the rules of each contest. • Achievement Award Application: July 15 • Excellence in Agriculture Application: July 15 n��Accelerate Membership For 2016, we are accelerating membership with membership incentives. Volunteers who sign new members into their county Farm Bureau by these dates will receive a gift: ��Sign 3 new members by March 3 ��Sign 4 new members by April 4 ��Sign 5 new members by May 5 To qualify for Producers Club, sign five or more new members. Incentives will be given on an area by area basis this year. n��Congratulations to the First in the Field Congratulations to the following Farm Bureau volunteers who signed at least one new member by January 1. Thank you for all you do to grow and strengthen our Farm Bureau. 1 by 1/1: Bernie Aronson, Melisa Bauer, Ted Brenny, Rosanne Caughey, Cynthie Christensen, Tony Dahl, Amanda Durow, David Engelbrecht, Valerie Evje, Bob Fritz, Melinda Groth, Sheila Hemming, Mark and Sara Hewitt, Michael Kitchell, Tony Kornder, Dan Manz, Joel Mathiowetz, Fran Miron, Kevin Paap, Jeff Pagel, Marie Powell, Justin Roelofs, Dennis Schmidt, Ben Storm, Donavon Stromberg, Amanda Tank, Dave Van Loh, Joyce Welander, Robin Wothe and Dennis Wulf. 2 by 2/2: Ted Brenny, Rosanne Caughey, Krista Doering, David Engelbrecht, Bob Fritz, Dan Glessing, Melinda Groth, Sheila Hemming, Michael Kitchell, Curtis Kuehl, Joel Mathiowetz, Greg Meulebroeck, Fran Miron, Carolyn Olson, Kevin Paap, Jeff Pagel, Marie Powell, Donavon Stromberg, Dave Van Loh and Joyce Welander. n��Farmland Resources Lesson Plans Four science and social studiesbased, standards-aligned Farmland lesson plans are found at The Discovering Farmland materials were developed by Discovery Education and provide high school students, educators and parents with standardsaligned lesson plans and interactive activities that explore concepts such as

sustainability, technology and science. Community Kits MFBF has community kit items available to assist with planning a successful event. Contact Kristin Harner at 651-768-2118 or Examples of toolkit items include: event checklist, event reminder email, invitation letter template, key messages, media alert template, news release template, opening remarks template, social media overview guidance and draft posts, spokesperson talking points Q&A, tips for developing an invitation list, tips for hosting a screening and tips for promoting in your community. Remember: You CANNOT show a version of the Farmland film that you have purchased yourself to large audiences - the movie is NOT licensed for that. MFBF has DVD and Blu-Ray versions of both the full-length film and the educational version for you to borrow if you need it for a community event. Contact Kristin Harner at 651768-2118 Teachers can show Farmland (regular version or classroom version) in their class for educational purposes. Teachers do not need the Farmland documentary with the public performance rights as long as it is shown in their classroom. ons/ The educational version can be streamed for classroom use only as part of a subscription to Discovery Education. n��Celebrating 30 Years of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation Board of Directors and the MFB Promotion & Education Committee are proud to be celebrating 30 years of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. County Farm Bureaus are challenged to give a gift of $300 this year and be recognized as a “Golden County” or donate $10 per board member to be recognized as a “County Board Challenge” participant. Donors will be recognized in The Voice and on Facebook, special recognition at the Annual Meeting, recognition in the MFB Foundation Annual Report (must receive by September 1) and recognition on a permanent plaque at the MFB office. For more information, contact Ruth Meirick at or 651-768-2115. 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. 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, visit n��Bulletin Board Contest The Minnesota Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee is coordinating a Bulletin Board Contest for teachers across Minnesota. Forms can be found at Teachers that participate will have the opportunity to win a “Farm a Month” Book Bundle. Deadline is April 30. If you know a teacher that may be interested, share this contest with them. For questions, contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or n��Farm Safety Trailers To use a farm safety trailer, contact one of the following: • West Otter Tail County Farm Bureau Contact: Bruce and Kim Brenden 218-867-2410 (home) 218-731-6559 (cell) • Blue Earth, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Nicollet, Sibley and Watonwan County Farm Bureaus Contact: Tim and Pam Uhlenkamp 507-326-5394 For more information on safety learning modules, contact those listed above. n��Complete the Green Star Farms Self-Evaluation Today Help prevent duplicate and overburdensome regulations. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation has been advocating on your behalf, but we need your help. The simplest, fastest and safest way for you to help is by joining the growing number of farms who have completed the Green Star Farms selfevaluation. It takes 20 minutes, and it’s fast, easy and completely confidential. Only the aggregate data will be used for public information. Take the Green Star Farms initiative self-evaluation today. Go to and click on “Getting Started.” For more information, contact Jeremy Geske at 612-756-1200 or

CALENDAR OF EVENTS n�March 6-12 • Ag Safety Program Awareness Program (ASAP) Week n�March 8 • Minnesota Legislative Session Convenes n�March 13-19 • National Agriculture Week n�March 14 • MFBF Board Meeting n�March 15 • Day on the Hill Southwest, South Central and Southeast Areas n�March 15 • National Agriculture Day

n�March 25 • MFBF Office Closed n�April 1 • Century and Sesquicentennial Farm Application Deadline n�April 5 • Day on the Hill West Central, East Central, Northwest and North Areas n�April 30 • Classroom Bulletin Board Contest Deadline n�May 5 • First in the Field Membership Deadline n�May 25 • MFBF Board Meeting

n�May 30 • MFBF Office Closed n�June 28 • MFB Foundation Golf Scramble n�July 15 • Summer Leadership Tour Southeast Minnesota n�July 15 • Achievement Award Application Deadline • Excellence in Agriculture Application Deadline n�July 22 • Farmers to Washington D.C. Registration Deadline

over! discMINNESOTA n�Snowshoeing at the Minnesota Discovery Center Thursdays and Saturdays in March Chisholm For just $5, go on a guided tour to our Glen Location! Don’t have snowshoes? We have them here for you! Really like your snowshoes? You can use them! We’ll have hot cocoa, apple cider and coffee to warm you up when you get back. n�Farm Show March 12 Windom Windom’s 33rd Annual Farm & Home Show is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at the Windom Area High School. The doors will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Windom Area Chamber of Commerce’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. We want you to be part of this day recognizing area agriculture and home-related businesses! In recent years, we have had well over 1,000 area residents visit our wide variety of vendors and enjoy our lineup of entertainment, educational seminars, noon lunch special and other attractions at our FREE show. n�Maple Syrup Family Day March 19 Grand Rapids Learn about the process of making maple syrup from collecting sap to boiling it down. Sample a variety of maple treats, including candies, popcorn and lemonade. Visitors can also take a shuttle to tour a commercial syrup production facility. n�Farm Babies March 25-April 30 Apple Valley Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. There’s nothing cuter than newborn chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids and bunnies. Activities include crafts, face painting and “egg-stra” special animal enrichment. n�Chili Cook-Off March 29 Little Falls Chili cook-off hosted by Kinship of Morrison County from 5-7 p.m. at Falls Ballroom. For tickets or more information, visit our website. n�Eagle Viewing Field Trips April 2 Wabasha Field trips begin at 1 p.m. with a brief classroom program, followed by a tour via coach bus to prime bald or golden eagle viewing locations. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras if desired. Little walking is required – simply step off the bus for a great view! Field trips return to the National Eagle Center for light refreshments and a chance to share photos and stories from the day and conclude by 5 p.m. n�Spring on the Farm April 30-May 1 Elk River Spring is on the way, and the Oliver Kelley Farm is starting to come alive. Visit this weekend to see this year’s newborn animals, help with the early spring planting in the garden and fields, cook up the last of the root cellar produce and explore the nature trails. For more information on these and other events, log onto Submit your community event by emailing or fax 651-768-2159.


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Pope County Farm Bureau developed two different Minnesota Farmers CARE billboards as a way to reach out to consumers in their county. To learn more about Minnesota Farmers CARE which is a consumer outreach effort by Farm Bureau go to ��pages�mn��armers�care or �ollow Minnesota Farmers CARE on Faceboo�.

AGRI-BYTES Vying for Votes in Rural America As presidential candidates’ screen-printed busses navigate the dusty back roads of America, rural voters now more than ever need to make sense of the political chaos that has taken over national headlines by researching candidates and their stances on all things agriculture. Farm Bureau recently launched a new election website,, to highlight key issues, track candidates’ positions and provide links to individual websites and biographies. Poll: Chesapeake Bay Residents Do Not Trust Federal Regulation Nearly three in four residents of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed say state and local government authority over water resources should trump federal authority. When health, safety and environmental regulations are needed, nearly half say they trust state and local governments, compared to only 28 percent who trust the


federal government. Those were two key findings of new Morning Consult polling conducted January 21-22 of 1,042 registered voters who reside within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The poll was sponsored by AFBF. Farm Bureau Seeks Farmers’ Thoughts on Big Data Farm Bureau is asking farmers to take a survey to share their thoughts and experiences with ag tech providers that collect and sort through the oceans of data that stream from farm equipment into the cloud every day. The survey ( aims to gauge farmer attitudes

towards big data and the use of data in production agriculture. Animal Agriculture Alliance Debuts Meat Matters Campaign The Animal Agriculture Alliance has unveiled a new campaign focused on promoting the role of meat and poultry in a healthy, balanced diet. The initiative counters claims made by extremist groups about the nutritional value of animal protein, as well as the sustainability of meat and poultry production.

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Groth Re-Appointed to American Farm Bureau Federation Promotion & Education Committee Melinda Groth of Fillmore County was recently appointed to serve a two-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee. Groth will be involved in planning P&E activities/programs, communicating with state leaders, contributing collaborative ideas and taking part in committee meetings. “I’m excited to continue to serve on this committee as it combines my passion for Farm Bureau and for sharing MELINDA GROTH agriculture’s story,” said Groth. “Serving on the AFBF P&E Committee is a great Enter American Farm Bureau’s opportunity to help make recommendations #iAdvocate Photo Contest in forming programs and activities that Farmers and ranchers are invited to share assist county Farm Bureaus across the U.S.” their stories about advocating for Groth currently serves on the Minnesota agriculture with the American Farm Bureau P&E Committee. She and her husband, Federation as part of the organization’s justGlen, grow corn and soybeans and raise launched #iAdvocate campaign. Ten lucky dairy cattle and horses on their farms in contest winners will each receive a $100 Winona and Fillmore Counties. They have Farm Bureau Bank gift card. one daughter, Ellery. To enter, message a photo of yourself advocating for agriculture to the Farm

Bureau Promotion & Education Facebook page at Photo entries should include an #iAdvocate white board or sign with a brief explanation of what you’re doing. Submissions will be uploaded to the “2016 #iAdvocate Campaign” album on the Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Facebook page. Once you have been notified that your photo has been posted, ask others to “Like” and “Share” it on Facebook. Contest winners will be determined based on the highest number of “Likes” received for pictures within the album. “Advocating for agriculture is one of our key areas of focus,” said Chris Hoffman, a Pennsylvania hog and poultry farmer and chair of AFBF’s national Promotion & Education Committee. “We look forward to seeing creative #iAdvocate photo submissions from around the country.” The contest is open through March 25. For full contest rules and details, visit

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JESSICA WYATT MFBF WELCOMES PUBLIC Policy intern Jessica Wya� who will be working through the Minnesota Legisla�ve Session this spring, helping to create issue papers and informa�on for Farm Bureau members. Jessica is a student at the University of Minnesota studying environmental science policy and management. She is originally from Coon Rapids.

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Northwest, North, West Central and East Central Areas For more informa�on, call your county Farm Bureau or contact the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa�on Public Policy Team at 651-768-2151 or michelle.degeest��

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation will host two Day on the Hills. Issue briefings for the March 15 event will be held at the Minnesota Department of Revenue in the Skegstad Room from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to meetings with your legislators. Visit for the briefing location on April 5.

• If you are unable to a�end on the day your district is assigned, you are encouraged to a�end the other day. Contact your county Farm Bureau for reserva�ons and travel informa�on. • Appointments with legislators should be scheduled no earlier than 11:30 a.m.


CROP TO TABLE ��ril i� �a�onal BLT Sandwich Month April is National BLT Sandwich Month. The BLT is regarded as being the second most popular sandwich in the United States, the ham sandwich being number one. The traditional BLT sandwich is made with crisp pork bacon, cold iceberg lettuce and a juicy beefsteak tomato on toasted white bread with mayonnaise. The ingredients for the classic BLT have existed for years, but despite this, there’s little evidence to prove that this sandwich was available before 1900. Looking back, one of the earliest mentions of the sandwich was in the 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, where a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, along with mayo and a slice of turkey. However, it was unclear when people started abbreviating the bacon, lettuce and tomato to BLT. The sandwich grew in fame and was popularized after World War II, following the expansion of supermarkets that made ingredients available all year-round. And we all know no BLT is complete without the bacon! Minnesota ranks second nationwide in the number of pigs raised and second in the value of pigs. There are 3,300 pig farms in Minnesota. Bacon is cut from the pork belly, which typically weighs about 1012 pounds. Depending on how thick you like your bacon, it can be cut anywhere from 15-30 slices per pound. That’s 360 slices of bacon, or enough to make 180 BLT sandwiches!

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Farmland Nicollet County OVER 70 COMMUNITY members a�ended the Farmland documentary screening on January 14 at the Nicollet County Historical Society hosted by the Nicollet County Farm Bureau. County President Denny Schmidt introduced the film and also led a discussion following about farming in their communi�es.

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No-one said that the tomato in a BLT had to be sliced. This fresh soup is quickly made and goes well with grilled cheese sandwiches. Ingredients: • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked • 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes • 1 14.5-oz can chicken broth • 1 15-oz can white beans (cannellini or navy) • 1.5 teaspoons Italian seasoning • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar • 1 cup leaf lettuce, shredded • 1/4 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced Instructions: Coarsely crumble bacon and set aside. In 2-quart saucepan, stir together tomatoes, broth, beans and seasoning. Bring to a simmer; stir in vinegar. In small bowl, toss together lettuce and basil. Ladle soup into large soup

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You are invited to the annual Summer Leadership Tour hosted by the MFBF YF&R Committee on July 15. The day will include tours in southeast Minnesota and leadership opportunities. Look for more information later this spring!


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Southeast Area Town Hall SOUTHEAST COUNTY FARM Bureaus hosted a Town Hall Mee�ng on February �� at Dahl�s Seed Shed in Hayward. State Representa�ves Peggy Benne� and Jeanne Poppe and State Senators Vic�i Jensen and David Senjem a�ended and spent �me with over �� farmers tal�ing about the 2��� Minnesota Legisla�ve Session.

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TRAVERSE COUNTY 4-H awarded the Traverse County Farm Bureau with the county Friend of 4-H award for their partnerships in county programming and scholarships.

WEST OTTER TAIL County Farm Bureau hosted an FFA Discussion Meet invita�onal at the West O�er Tail Crops and Forage Show on February 2 in Fergus Falls. West O�er Tail County Farm Bureau President Bruce Brenden, right, presented the award to the top individual, Autum Pe�erson, Fergus Falls FFA.

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Enjoy Food Trad��on� and E��er�en�e� to ‘Savor the Flavor of Ea�n� ���ht� For National Nutrition Month 2016, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” by taking time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to your life. “Food nourishes your body and provides necessary fuel to help you thrive and fight disease,” said Kristen Gradney, registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson. “Food is also a source of pleasure and enjoyment. ‘Savor the Flavor of Eating Right’ by taking time to enjoy healthy foods and all the happiness they bring to your life.” Enjoy Food Traditions and Social Experiences There is an obvious social component to food. Whether a nightly family dinner, special holiday occasion or social gathering, food often plays a central role. “Research indicates that family meals promote healthier eating and strengthen family relationships,” said Gradney. “Prioritize family meals and enjoy the food traditions that accompany any type of social gathering.” Appreciate Foods Pleasures and Flavors Take time to appreciate the flavors, textures and overall eating experience. In today’s busy world, we often eat quickly and mindlessly. Instead, try following this tip to help you savor the flavor of your food: Eat slowly. “Eat one bite at a time, and focus on the different flavors and textures,” said Gradney. “Stop and take time between bites. Eating slowly not only allows you to enjoy your food, but it can also help you eat less by giving your stomach time to tell your brain that you are full.” Develop a Mindful Eating Pattern How, when, why and where you eat are just as important as what you eat. Being a mindful eater can help you reset both your body and your mind and lead to an overall healthier lifestyle. “Think about where you eat the majority of your meals,” said Gradney. “Many eat lunch at their desks or dinner in front of the television. Take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to find a nice place to mindfully eat instead of multitasking through your meals.”

110 County Farm Bureau leaders from 58 county and regional Farm Bureaus a�ended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa�on �MFBF� Council of County �residents, Fe�ruary � at the Lost Spur Golf and Event Center in Eagan. Leaders reviewed the 2016 MFBF focus areas, including water, agricultural produc�on prac�ces, ta�es and transporta�on, as well as discussed the upcoming elec�on. County Farm Bureau leaders had the opportunity to strategi�e and plan for the year ahead.

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THE REGION VIII FFA Discussion Meet was held on February 5. Nick Aarsvold from the PlainviewElgin-Millville FFA Chapter and Moriah Weiss from the LeRoy-Ostrander FFA Chapter received top honors and will advance to the state compe��on in April. Pictured front le� to right are the top four finalists Samuel Moenning, Triton FFA; Nick Aarsvold, Plainview-Elgin-Millville FFA; Moriah Weiss, LeRoy-Ostrander FFA; and Carter Espinoza, Kasson-Mantorville FFA. Pictured back le� to right are Farm Bureau judges Kevin Dahlman, Wright County; Jeff Pagel, Olmsted County; Alexis Klassen, Winona County; Abbey Weninger, Wright County; Alana Heins, Olmsted County; Natalie Fel�s, Olmsted County; Jared Luhman, Goodhue County; and Pete Henslin, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa�on Young Farmers � Ranchers Commi�ee chair.


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Chocolate starts as a pod on the cacao tree found in tropical environments. Discover how we go from pod to bar. P.S. whole milk is needed to make milk chocolate! That milk starts right on a dairy farm. All cookies have dry ingredients and wet ingredients. When the dry ingredients absorb some water from the wet ingredients, all the ingredients become more similar, which results in cookie dough that is more uniform and thus, cooks more evenly. But does that result in a better tasting cookie? You can find out in this science project by conducting a taste test! Make two batches of cookies: one where the dough is allowed to sit in the refrigerator for two days before it is baked, and one where the cookie dough is baked right away after you mix the ingredients together. The cookie dough batch that will sit for two days must be refrigerated while the dry ingredients absorb water from the wet ingredients, otherwise the dough might start to spoil and would be unsafe to eat. Once you’ve made both batches of cookies, have your friends and family taste cookies from each batch and tell you which one they like better. Which cookie do you think will taste better? Mix, refrigerate and bake to find out!

2. Flour

Flour is what holds your cookies together. There are many different varieties of flour, but for cookies allpurpose is the most widely used. Proteins in flour create gluten. With the measuring cup, measure out 1 cup each of pastry flour, all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour into its own small mixing bowl. Examine the flours and note any differences in color and feel. Write down your observations. If you have trouble telling the flours apart, then label your bowls with sticky notes to identify what type of flour is inside. Select one bowl to begin with, and slowly add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of tap water to the bowl, while carefully stirring with a fork. It will seem difficult to stir at first but will gradually begin to come together to form a rough ball. Sprinkle a spoonful of flour (of the type you are working with) onto a work surface, and onto your hands as well, so that both are lightly dusted with flour. Place the ball of flour onto your work surface and knead it for approximately 5-7 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic. Use a clock or watch to keep track of the approximate time you spent kneading. Note the amount of time you spent kneading so you can knead for the same amount of time in later trials. If you are unfamiliar with kneading, this is the process of pressing down on the dough ball with your palms, and then pulling it back up again and rotating it slightly with your fingertips. This cycle is repeated over and over again. Repeat for your other two bowls of flour. Be sure to knead all the flours for the same amount of time. At the end of the kneading process, you should have three smooth-looking elastic balls of dough. (Note that some flours will form better, firmer balls than others.) Place your three balls of dough back in their small

bowls and let them rest and relax for about 10 minutes. Now it is time to find out how much gluten is inside those balls of dough. If you thought kneading was icky and gooey, brace yourself for the next step! Place your strainer in the sink. Some strainers are “stand-alone,” meaning they have legs to support them inside the sink, while others need to be placed over a bowl or propped against the edge of the sink. Either way, make sure your strainer is over a sink where the faucet can reach it. Take one of the balls of dough to the sink and cup it in your hands over the strainer. Let cold water run on it as you gently pull and stretch it apart. The water will wash away the water-soluble parts, like the carbohydrates, but will leave behind the insoluble protein, the gluten, that you developed while you were kneading. The starch that is being washed away will look like a milky liquid. Continue rinsing your ball of dough until very little milky liquid is coming out and only a sticky, stringy ball remains. Rinse off your strainer to remove any debris, and repeat for the other two balls of dough. At the end of the rinsing process, you should have three balls of gluten (although, depending on the type of flour you used, a lot of the ball may have been washed away). Measure the diameter of each ball of gluten with a ruler. Record your measurements.

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You know about sugarcane, but did you know that since the mid-1990s, sugarcane has accounted for about 45 percent of the total sugar produced domestically, and sugar beets for about 55 percent of production? Here’s how to turn sugar into carbon: Use a ruler and a pen to measure and mark a three inch square on the aluminum foil. Cut the square out. Stick your thumb in the middle of the square and use your other hand to lift the sides of the foil around your thumb, creating a miniature boat shape. Measure 1/4 teaspoon of sugar. Put the sugar in the foil boat. Study the sugar with your magnifying glass. Can you see each individual sugar piece? What do you think will happen when you heat the sugar? Have a grown-up use matches to light the candle. Put the metal dish next to the candle. Using the tongs, hold the foil boat just above the flame. Slowly count to 10 as you observe what happens to the sugar. Don’t just use your your eyes, use your nose to note how the sugar smells. Remove the foil boat and blow out the candle. Set the heated sugar on the metal dish. Use your magnifying glass to study the heated sugar. Did the sugar do what you expected?

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into a uniform puree. Add dish soap, table salt and water, and close the bag. Squeeze the big to mix the strawberry with the solution completely. Fold a paper towel into a half circle, then a quarter circle, forming a cone. Fill a test tube with the isopropyl alcohol. Place the filter paper cone into the test tube so that half of the cone is on the inside and half is on the outside of the test tube. Fill the paper towel cone with the strawberry solution. As the mixture filters through the cone and comes in contact with the cold alcohol, the DNA will form ribbons and then coagulate at the top of the alcohol. Use a straw to scoop the retrieve the DNA.

5. Butter

Luscious and creamy turns into crisp and chewy when butter is baked into our favorite cookies. Butter starts on a dairy farm before it makes it into your cookies. Have you ever wondered how butter is made? How does that creamy spread come from something as liquid as cow’s milk? Making butter by hand can be hard work, but it can be easily made at home! In this activity you’ll not only get to find out how butter is made, but also how temperature affects the butter-making process. And then you may enjoy the fruits (or rather, toppings) of your labors! Pour one-half cup of heavy whipping cream into a cup or glass. Let it sit out at room temperature for about one hour. After the one half cup of heavy whipping cream has sat out for five hours, pour it into a clean one quart glass jar. Put the lid on the jar and screw it on tightly. For the next step, you may want to get a helper ready to trade off on shaking the jar. It will take several minutes of vigorous shaking to make butter from the cream! When you start shaking the jar, start the stopwatch or note what time it is. How does the heavy whipping cream change as you shake the jar? As the cream thickens (within a couple of minutes of when you start shaking), keep shaking the jar! Shake the jar until butter forms. This could take between five to 20 minutes. Once you have shaken the jar enough, the liquid will suddenly separate from the butter. The butter will be a pale yellow lump, and the liquid will be milky. You’ll probably hear the lump hitting the sides of the jar as you shake it. When the butter and liquid separate, stop shaking the jar and stop the stopwatch. Carefully pour the liquid out of the jar. You can store the liquid and use it as buttermilk for other recipes. Remove the lump of butter from the jar and place it in a bowl of cold water. Gently knead the butter to remove any extra liquid. Use your fingers to drain the liquid from the bowl. Rinse the butter two more times in this way. (If the liquid is not removed, the butter will go rancid faster.) Transfer the butter into a small plastic bag and store it. Source: American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture *STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.


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For more information on legislative issues, contact the MFBF Public Policy Team at 651-768-2100 or visit the Legislative Action Alert Center at

STATE NEWS �n Minnesota Legislative Session Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) 2016 Areas of Focus will be pursued during the upcoming Minnesota Legislative Session, which starts March 8. n Ag Property Tax Relief for Minnesota agricultural property tax payers is of top concern. Focusing on the matter of over-burdening cost for agricultural property tax payers where school debt bonds have been passed and resulted in exorbitant tax loads. Based upon analysis of the impacts of most school debt bonds, agricultural property owners are being assessed 10-times the burden of annual property taxes for these proposals compared to the tax bills of homeowners. Language in the Minnesota Senate Tax and Minnesota House of Representatives Tax Conference Committee report, unfinished from the 2015 Legislative Session, is queued up for accomplishing the objective of an immediate correction. The proposal seeks to pay half the agricultural property portion of debt bond payments for school districts with state general fund dollars. School districts would not be negatively impacted through the action and other tax classifications would not experience the tax shifts which cause legislators to have concerns. MFBF and other agricultural organizations have also supported legislative solutions of changing the taxable basis for debt bonds away from Adjusted Net Tax Capacity, which currently is used for debt bond repayments and includes all taxable property in a taxing district. The change would base taxation for debt bonds on Referendum Market Value (House-Garage-One-Acre), which is the system also currently used for school district operating levies. Achieving this improved system for equal treatment of different classes of property tax payers would bring about the “shift” of those currently paying less, needing to pay more as their share of the overall cost burden. Such an increase for a more significant number of property tax payers is perceived to be a reason for opposition to making the change. n Buffer Law Clarity Needed Legislative clarification is necessary on several details of the 2015 buffer law. Specific corrections are needed on what water ways will be included on the buffer protection map created by the Minnesota Department of Natural

Resources (DNR). Those narrowed parameters need to spell out that public waters which need to have 50 foot average (30 foot minimum) buffer widths are limited to those waterways covered on the DNR public waters inventory or have shore land management classification. In the same fashion, the public ditches to be included on the map are those ditches which have gone through the process outlined in section 103 E of Minnesota state law. MFBF policy asks to address the way the measurement point has been changed and the need to move the starting inner edge of the ditch requirement for the 16.5 foot perennial buffer back to the location of the 2013 version of the law, “…measured outward from the top edge of the existing constructed channel.” The current law has relocated that distance determining process to “be measured from the top or crown of the bank.” MFBF policy supports extending the timelines for implementation of the buffer law and depending on the delays, associated with DNR’s production of the buffer protection maps, a strong argument can be made to provide a different set of deadlines than the present November 1, 2017 for public waters and November 1, 2018 for public ditches. n Transportation Transportation will be a major topic for lawmakers to work through in the 2016 Legislative Session. Like taxes, an omnibus conference committee bill was put together in 2015, but not completed before the session ended. Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Senator Scott Dibble and House Transportation Committee Representative Tim Kelly have continued to work after the session trying to find ways that compromises for differences between their respective legislative proposals. At the heart of the major difference is where the funding comes for paying for transportation – (road and other infrastructure) projects. The Senate legislative proposal was based on creating an additional new tax on fuel, assessed on wholesale prices in a sales tax or gross receipts manner. The House legislative proposal sought a different approach with the redirection of existing tax sources, such as the sales tax on vehicle parts to be redirected into financing road projects. The House plan also used general funds and bonding. MFBF is working and will continue to partner with other advocates for rural roads and bridges, seeking to have these needs included in the

��Telephone Conference Calls on Legislative Actions The telephone 2016 town hall conference calls will again be available for 2016 to keep Farm Bureau members in the loop for on-going and developing information. Once the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session begins on March 8, the every-other-Friday noon call schedule will start with calls scheduled for Friday, March 11 at noon and then following the every-other-Friday routine. The next meeting would take place on Friday, March 25. The conference call in number is 1-888-354-0094, and the conference ID is 6589665#. Calls are recorded so playback is an option for those who might miss the call-in on

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transportation and bonding packages.

NATIONAL NEWS n��American Farm Bureau Sets Strategic Plan for 2016 Following the 2016 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Meeting, AFBF set a strategic action plan for the coming year. The boardapproved plan focuses attention on a number of key policy issues including: • Food security and safety: Creating a more positive dialogue with consumers about today’s agricultural practice. All consumers deserve access to safe, • Regulatory Reform: Farmers and ranchers need a regulatory system that is fair and takes economic impacts into account. Regulations surrounding the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act will have a high priority in the coming year. • Technology: Supporting agricultural biotechnology and other technologies to enable farmers and ranchers to be productive and efficient. • Trade: the Trans-Pacific Partnership will increase U.S. farmers’ and ranchers’ access to foreign markets. Farm Bureau will focus on securing Congressional approval. • Additional issues that will be monitored closely include energy, the farm economy, immigration reform and tax reform. n��President Obama Proposed FY 2017 Budget President Obama released his proposed federal budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The President’s budget submission is only the first step in the annual federal budget process

and establishes a marker but has no real force in Congress. Over the next few months, Congress will craft its budget resolution and begin the appropriations process. The president’s budget proposes $24.6 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for FY 2017. This is a decrease of $1.1 billion below the FY16 enacted level. The budget includes a 10 year $18 billion cut to the federal crop insurance program. The savings would come from two changes. The first would be to lower the crop insurance subsidy for harvest price protection buy-up by 10 percent. The second would change how production history is handled after prevented plant claims. Farm Bureau strongly opposes any attempt to reopen the farm bill and will work with Congress to prevent this from occurring. Farm Bureau will continue to be engaged throughout the budget process and will advocate on funding issues affecting farm and ranch families. n��Survey Aims to Collect Farmer Feedback on USDA Programs A new online survey http://usdaprograms.questionpr launched by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) will collect feedback from farmers and ranchers about their experiences with 10 departments of agriculture programs housed in three agencies. Results will be used by AFBF to develop recommendations on how USDA can enhance its programs and make them more useful to farmers and ranchers. All farmers and ranchers, not

just Farm Bureau members, are encouraged to take the survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete. The survey focuses on the following USDA programs from the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rural Development: • Environmental Quality Incentives Program • Conservation Stewardship Program • Conservation Reserve Program • Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program • Value-Added Agricultural Producer Grants • Rural Energy for America Program • Farmers’ Marketing and Local Food Promotion Program • Direct Farm Ownership Loans • Direct Farm Operating Loans and • Guaranteed Farm Loans (farm operating and farm ownership). AFBF will share feedback from the survey about what is working well with the programs, and how they can be improved with USDA. n��Statement of American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall Regarding President Obama’s Veto of Senate Resolution on Waters of the U.S. Congress passed a Congressional Joint Resolution disapproving of the final Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “waters of the U.S.” rule. However, the President vetoed the bill when it came to his desk. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall issued the following statement following the veto: “The President’s veto is salt in the wounds of farmers and ranchers. We remain mystified as to why he continues to support this fatally flawed rule. The Government Accountability Office found the rule was issued with the help of illegal ‘covert propaganda’ by EPA. Ninetytwo members of Congress, 22 states, numerous cities and counties and dozens of industry groups have all stood up and said no to this rule. Courts have ordered the rule temporarily halted because of the harm it will cause. But, somehow, the President and the EPA just keep pushing. But we won’t stop either. We will not rest until this rule is gone.” n��Long-Eared Bat The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced the final 4(d) rule for the northern long-eared bat, as bat populations have declined due to impacts from an untreatable


2B • MARCH 2016 • VOICE OF AGRICULTURE • t CORNER FROM B1 disease called white-nose syndrome. On April 2, 2015, the FWS listed the bat as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and established an interim 4(d) rule. The current range of the northern long-eared bat encompasses 39 states,

including Minnesota. The listing of the bat under the ESA, along with the subsequent designation of critical habitat, has the potential to pose undue regulatory burdens on American farmers and ranchers. Under the previous interim 4(d) rule, Farm Bureau had expressed concern that the proposed listing and concurrent interim 4(d) rule may impose undue harm to

farmers, ranchers and landowners by restricting activities (including the application of pesticides) that are unrelated to the primary threat to this species—whitenose syndrome. The final rule tailors protections to areas affected by white-nose syndrome during the bat’s most sensitive life stages. The rule is designed to protect

the bat while minimizing regulatory requirements for farmers and landowners within the species’ range. Under the final 4(d) rule, activities, including the application of pesticides within the whitenose syndrome zone not involving tree removal are not prohibited provided they do not result in the incidental take of northern long-eared bats.

Additionally, the FWS has exempted the purposeful take of northern long-eared bats related to removing the species from human structures (including houses, barns, pavilions, sheds and cabins), but only if the actions comply with all applicable state regulations.

Minnesota Receives Recognition at AFBF Annual Meeting

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n�Flapjack Fundraiser AT THE AMERICAN Farm Bureau Federa�on Annual Mee�ng in Orlando, the American Farm Bureau Founda�on for Agriculture held the Flap�ack Fundraiser. Back le� to right are Keith Allen, District I Board Director; MFBF President Kevin Paap; Bob and Jill Roelofs, District II Board Director; MFBF Vice President Dan and Seena Glessing; Larry and Sharon Larson, Mower County; Mike Gunderson, District VII Board Director and Ruth Meirick, Minnesota Farm Bureau Founda�on Director. Pictured front le� to right are Jessi and Nathan Collins, District IV Board Director; Diane and Al Christopherson, Kandiyohi County; Pete Henslin, MFBF YF&R Commi�ee Chair; and Mary Ann and Fran Miron, District V Board Director.

MFBF VICE PRESIDENT Dan Glessing and MFBF President Kevin Paap served as delegates from Minnesota at the American Farm Bureau Annual Mee�ng delegate session, where na�onal priori�es were set for ���� and the elec�on of the AFBF president and vice president.

n�Groth Appointed to P&E Committee MELINDA GROTH OF Fillmore County was recently reappointed to serve on the American Farm Bureau Federa�on Promo�on & Educa�on Commi�ee. Melinda worked in the P&E booth in the IDEAg Trade Show visi�ng with members from across the country promo�ng the commi�ee�s contest #iAdvocate.

n�Storm Competes in Achievement Award

n�Kuschels Serve on YF&R Committee MILES AND SARAH Kuschel of Cass County recently completed a two-year term on the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Commi�ee with Miles serving as vice chair. Their du�es during the AFBF Annual Mee�ng included running the YF&R contests and conduc�ng classroom visits in area elementary schools.

BEN STORM OF Olmsted County par�cipated in the American Farm Bureau Federa�on �AFBF� Young Farmers & Ranchers �YF&R� Achievement Award contest, compe�ng against 3� other state winners. He earned the opportunity to represent Minnesota by winning the state contest at the MFBF Annual Mee�ng in November. He is pictured receiving recogni�on from Derek Helms - AFBF YF&R Commi�ee member from Arkansas.

n�Miron Competes in Discussion Meet REPRESENTING MINNESOTA IN the American Farm Bureau Federa�on Young Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet was Ka�e Miron of WashingtonRamsey County. She competed against 37 other state winners in the na�onal contest.


Caution – Safety is No Accident

ASAP Week March 6-12 Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). his year’s theme for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) ASAP Week, March 6-12, is “Caution – Safety is No Accident.” During this week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to emphasize a different aspect of safety each day: * Monday: ATV Safety * Tuesday: Youth Safety on the Farm * Wednesday: Tractor Safety * Thursday: Roadway Safety * Friday: Grain Bin Safety For farmers and ranchers, agricultural safety is their best investment. For resources to promote farm safety throughout the year go to the AFBF Health and Safety page at and like the Facebook page AFBF Agricultural Safety Awareness Program.


SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS Falls are the most common accident in agriculture and can result in serious injuries or death. Falls can take place from an elevated positon or on the same level. An example of a same level fall might be falling due to ice in the winter or slippery manure on concrete in the barn. An example of an elevated fall might be falling from a tractor platform, combine or a grain bin ladder. Same level falls are more common, but falls from an elevated position are more severe. Prevention is essential to avoid slips, trips and falls on the farm. Take these precautions to reduce injury. Same level: * Wear shoes with slip resistant soles that fit snugly. * Keep machinery platforms, floors and steps clear of snow, mud and manure. * Keep tools and debris picked up to prevent tripping hazards. * Stop all machinery and set brakes before getting off equipment. Never jump off. * Pay attention to your surroundings by scanning ahead and not texting while walking. Elevated: * Use a 4:1 ratio when propping a ladder against a wall. If the ladder is 12 feet tall, the bottom of the ladder should be 3 feet away from the wall. * Make sure the ladder and its rungs are in good shape. * Clean rungs and side-rails of all debris, making sure your footwear is also clean. * Have three points of contact with the ladder, either two hands and one foot when climbing, or two feet and one hand when working. * Do not overreach while working on a ladder. * Use caution when climbing up and down from machinery. According to the Department of Labor, some farm work is too dangerous for youth under the age of 16 to perform. One of these hazards is working from a ladder or scaffold of 20 feet or more.


We can’t emphasize enough to remember to “expect the unexpected and to always remember that you have people who love you, said Sarah Kuschel. “Take the me to be safe.


Many children are hurt on the farm each year doing something beyond their mental, physical or emotional ability. Each year, hundreds of these children die and thousands are injured on the farm where they live, work and play. Children are vulnerable to many of the same hazards as adults who live or work on farms, but they are less capable of understanding those hazards. Although parents cannot completely child-proof a farm or ranch, they need to make it as safe as possible. Farm-related childhood injuries and deaths may seem unpredictable and random, but there are definite factors that should play a part in prevention efforts. Parents can take these precautions to prevent children from getting hurt on the farm or ranch: * Find out the developmental characteristics of children at specific ages. * Identify the dangerous areas on your farm or ranch and determine where kids are most likely to get hurt. * Determine what draws kids to dangerous situations. * Set up appropriate rules for children to follow and be consistent in enforcement of the rules * Train youth in proper and safe operation of farm tasks before assigning chores. * Provide necessary personal protective equipment for the job. * Supervise children based on age and maturity level. * Children must prove they are capable of following the farm rules before they are allowed to perform farm tasks. Source: American Farm Bureau Federation, Farm Safety For Just Kids

important for all of us “Ittoisbeverymindful of all the things that we can get hurt in,” said Mark Maiers. “Let’s take the needed steps to be safe.

NATHAN COLLINS child on the farm every day with “us,Withhera young safety is a priority,” said Melinda Groth. “It is too easy to forget that a farm accident can happen to your family. Taking an extra moment to think about farm safety is worth it for our children.


Growing up on a farm, I never realized the dangers that were around us every day. When I came home to farm and had a few close calls myself, it reiterated to me the importance to teach others the things I learned the hard way,” said Nathan Collins. “This has completely changed the way we manage and look at safety on our farm. We do this to keep ourselves and our employees safe so that we can all go home to our families safe every night.

safety is always a concern. “IFarm always remind my grandchildren,

my children and my husband to be safe,” said Debra Durheim. “A reminder of ‘Be Careful. We Love You.’ can be an important reminder to those we love.

When I was young, one of my neighbors got “ caught in an unshielded Power Take-Off

(PTO) sha and completely wrecked his leg. th When I was in 8 grade a neighbor was driving an ATV. When he came out of the ditch, he was hit and killed by a car at the age of 13,” said Pete Bakken. “Safety incidents can happen to you or someone you know. That’s why safety is important to me as a farmer and as a father.

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Getting Started in a Farming Career These are exciting times in American agriculture as we are starting to see more and more opportunities arising for young individuals to start their career in production agriculture. Sometimes one thinks of all the capital it takes to start farming and hesitate at the thought of the amount of cash needed to run a successful farm. I thought I would share some of the programs available to the next generation of farmers and ranchers. If you are seriously considering starting a farming career it is always best to start out small and build your farm over time. This will allow you to build knowledge, experience and build on banker relationships. Youth Loans Currently, there are many institutions that can provide low interest loans to beginning farmers and ranchers. A couple main providers in Minnesota are the Rural Finance Authority (RFA) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). America’s youth have access to the FSA Youth Loans which allows youth to borrow up to $5,000 for an income producing

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Hometown: Ada Educa�onal �ac�ground: Ag Systems Management Degree from University of Minnesota, Crookston Farm Descrip�on: I grow wheat, soybeans, corn and mal�ng barley and have a herd of Registered Black Angus and Polled Hereford Beef Ca�le. Innova�ve Farming Methods: We use embryo transfer in our beef herds. We also run GPS units in our machines. Hobbies: Hun�ng, AT�ing Why did you get involved with YF&R? I wanted to get involved with other young farmers throughout Minnesota and learn MICHAEL KITCHELL different perspec�ves on STATE YF&R agriculture issues from COMMITTEE MEMBER throughout the state. Dates to Remember: July 15 Deadline for Achievement Award Contest; July 15 - Deadline for Excellence in Agriculture Contest; July 15 - YF&R Summer Leadership Tour in Southeastern Minnesota; August 2-4 Farmfest; August 25-Labor Day - Minnesota State Fair; November 18-19 MFBF Annual Mee�ng in Bloomington grow their farm and are now looking at a full time farming career. The FSA has a program that

follows the Youth Loans called the Micro Loans. This program would fit perfectly with an individual who has outgrown the

$5,000 limit of the Youth Loan Program. Micro Loans These Micro Loans are another stepping stone up to the full commercial loans that most farmers and ranchers utilize on a full sized farm. Micro Loans allow for up to $50,000 for operating purchases such as annual operating loans, equipment purchases or livestock purchases. They are a simplified application process which is tailored to your specific farm needs. The reduced paperwork allows it to be less intimidating when applying and allows you to build confidence in one’s self and farm before pursuing the larger dreams. In Closing If you or somebody you know is seriously considering starting an agricultural production career, have them look into the resources available to them. A perfect stop would be the local FSA office to pick up information on the Youth Loans and Micro Loans. While there you can sit down and discuss where you would like to be in the future and hear what programs are available that can help get you to your goals.

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Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell Helps Launch Farm Bureau’s First Peas to the Table Contest

Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell and Julie Tesch, American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture executive director, introduced the First Peas to the Table Contest. This new national competition for schools encourages children in kindergarten through fifth grade to plant, raise and harvest peas this spring. Cantrell and Tesch announced the contest - including official guidelines and rules - at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. “It was an honor to have Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell join us in launching the First Peas to the Table Contest,” said Tesch. “We know from experience that getting your hands dirty is the best way for children to learn! Through this contest, we aim to provide fun, hands-on learning opportunities for students across the country.” The contest highlights the Foundation’s latest Book of the Year, “First Peas to the Table,” by Susan Grigsby. The Foundation created the contest to help students understand the importance of healthy foods and agriculture in their

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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 and receive the grand prize - a visit from Cantrell. Peas may be grown in any manner including in a hot house, hoop house, indoor pot, planter or outside garden. The contest runs March 1 May 16. An official entry form,

AMERICAN FARM BUREAU Founda�on for Agriculture E�ecu�ve Director �ulie Tesch, le�, announced a partnership with Miss America Be�y Cantrell�s ini�a�ve “Healthy Children, Strong America” with the AFB Founda�on for Agriculture Accurate Ag Books along with a First Peas to the Table Contest at the AFBF YF&R Conference. This was followed by a visit to the Ronald McDonald House - Kansas City with outgoing AFBF YF&R Commi�ee members Sarah and Miles Kuschel, right, reading this year�s book of the year “First Peas to the Table.” guidelines and rules are available at In conjunction with the contest, Tesch encourages educators to

invite local farmers and ranchers to speak in their classrooms about food production and the importance of agriculture. Contacting your county Farm

Bureau office is a good way to find local farmers.

“First Peas to the Table” Named Foundation for Agriculture’s Book of the Year The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its ninth annual Book of the Year award to Susan Grigsby for “First Peas to the Table.” In this lighthearted story, a little girl, Maya, and her classmates learn about gardens and peas, as well as Thomas Jefferson’s garden at Monticello. Grigsby, who lives in St. Louis, Missouri, is the author of three picture books, as well as poetry. She teaches creative writing in schools, museums and nature centers, often integrating the lessons with science, social studies and art. “I am so happy that, thanks to this recognition from the American Farm Bureau Foundation For Agriculture, more children will have access to ’First Peas to the Table,’” said Grigsby. “I sometimes help students set up their own school gardens and am always inspired by the sense of wonder that develops as the children discover the infinite number of variables involved in turning one tiny seed into a plant that can feed a family.” “After reading the agricultural-related correspondence and journals of Thomas Jefferson, I was struck by the passion that he and others had in regards to experimenting to figure out which plants, previously grown on other continents, would grow best in each of the diverse environments spread across the country,” she continued. “I wrote the book to celebrate how every gardener, young and old, learns through experimentation, through failures and success and with a joy for the wonders

of nature.” The Book of the Year award springs from the Foundation’s effort to identify accurate ag books, a collection of nearly 500 books for children, teenagers and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics. Book of the Year selections are educational, help to create positive public perceptions about agriculture, inspire readers to learn more and touch their readers’ lives, as well as tell the farmer’s story. The accurate ag books database is available at To accompany the “First Peas to the Table” book, the Foundation has created an educator’s guide and a School Garden Ag Mag. Again this year, the Foundation is offering a Spanish text version of the Ag Mag. In honor of Grigsby’s recognition and the host city of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 97th Annual Convention, the book’s publisher, Albert Whitman, has generously donated 100 copies of “First Peas to the Table” to the Orange County library system. In addition, the Foundation is donating $1,000 to the library system.

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“I Love to Read” Month SWIFT COUNTY FARM BUREAU (SCFB) donated book bundles to three Kindergarten classrooms in Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. As part of the dona�on, three dads and SCFB members, back row le� to right, Sean Collins, David Beyerl and Nathan Collins, read to the class. What a great way to celebrate “I Love to Read” Month!


AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference n�AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference Provides Leadership Training Young farmer leaders from Minnesota were among over 1,100 who attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Conference, February 12-15. n�Dado finishes in Sweet Sixteen of National Discussion Meet University of Minnesota students Ethan Dado of Amery, Wisconsin and Katie Schmitt of Rice competed in the National Collegiate Discussion Meet held at the Leadership Conference. Dado finished in the top 16 of the contest. There were 53 students in this year’s competition. Dado and Schmitt advanced to the AFBF YF&R competition after capturing top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet Competition in November. Contestants are judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving. All of the Collegiate Discussion Meet competitors in the AFBF YF&R contest receive a $250 scholarship from the CHS Foundation. n�Kuschels Retire from AFBF YF&R Committee Miles and Sarah Kuschel of Cass County completed their term on the AFBF YF&R Committee. The couple held numerous responsibilities throughout the year, including assisting with planning and implementation of this year’s conference. Miles also served as vice chair of the committee this past year. The Kuschels served on the committee for two years and were recognized for this on February 14. “We had a great time representing Minnesota on the committee. Thank you to everyone we were able to share this experience with, and those who helped us along the way,” said the Kuschels. During the conference, the AFBF YF&R Committee donated $500 to Bill Brodie of the All American Beef Battalion to aid in their efforts of providing steak dinners to service men and women and their families across the country.

Save the Date ! Farmers to Washington D.C.

September 12-16

Note: There is not a spring Farmers to Washington to D.C. tour. Join Farm Bureau members from Minnesota as we take our message to federal decision-makers and see Farm Bureau in ac�on. This 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. ETHAN DADO AND KATIE SCHMITT AFBF YF&R COLLEGIATE DISCUSSION MEET PARTICIPANTS Brodie is a Vietnam Veteran who is passionate about providing something special for those who defend our country. The Kuschels also visited the Ronald McDonald House with Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell. The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has partnered with Cantrell on her platform, “Healthy Children, Strong America.” The partnership is working with the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture book of the year, First Peas to the Table. n Attendee Highlights Attendees heard from keynote speakers Jason Brown, former NFL football player; Roger Rickard, advocacy professional; Kelly Barnes, motivational speaker; and Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell. Conference attendees included: Miles and Sarah

Kuschel, Cass County; Amanda Durow, Dakota County; Pete and Jenni Henslin, Dodge County; Collegiate Discussion Meet participants Ethan Dado and Katie Schmitt and Ruth Meirick, Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation director.

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. �egister by contac�ng Michelle DeGeest at 651-768-2151 or michelle.degeest��

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CONFERENCE ATTENDEES TOURED the Na�onal Weather Service, Twin City Hide, the University of Minnesota Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science and the University of Minnesota Dairy Lab (pictured).

Nearly 250 Farm Bureau members from across the state attended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Leadership Conference, January 22-23, at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Bloomington.

THE MFBF YOUNG Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Commi�ee held the preliminary rounds of the Discussion Meet at the MFBF Leadership Conference at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Bloomington on January 23. Contestants were judged on their basic knowledge of cri�cal farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and informa�on in a se�ng aimed at coopera�ve problem solving. Eight semi-finalists were selected and will compete in the final two rounds of compe��on at the MFBF Annual Mee�ng in November. The eight semi-finalists are, front row, le� to right, Abbey Weninger from Wright County, Ka�e Schmi� from Benton County, Corey Ramsden from Washington-Ramsey County and Jonathon Guentzel from Le Sueur County. Back row, le� to right, Joe Sullivan from Renville County, Jamison Schneckloth from Mower County, Jared Luhman from Goodhue County and Carl Sackreiter from Winona County.

DURING THE CONFERENCE, a�endees conducted a service project for Kids Against Hunger packing 10,800 meals for Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) based in Bloomington. The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Founda�on sponsored this hunger service project with a dona�on of $2,�00. Farm Bureau members also raised over $1,700 for a hunger relief project in the Twin Ci�es called Love One Another, which is a part of Minneapolis Recrea�on Development Inc., providing sandwiches, socks and basic necessi�es for those in need. Throughout the year, farmers and ranchers across the na�on donate food, funds and people power to create a hunger-free America.

Educa�on (P&E) Commi�ee assisted with the THE MFBF PROMOTION & Educa planning and implementa�on of the 201� MFBF Leadership Conference. Pictured front le� to wright are Ruth Meirick, Minnesota Farm Bureau Founda�on Director; TaLana Mathiowetz, Redwood County; Brian Randolph, Dakota County; Valerie Evje, Headwaters Regional; Debra Durheim, Todd County; and Melinda Groth, Fillmore County. Pictured back le� to right are Tony Seykora, Freeborn County; Peter Bakken, Rock County; Julie Marquardt, Wright County; Mark Maiers, Sibley County and Eric Kuehl, Stearns County. Not pictured are Rochelle Krusemark, Mar�n County; Gary Douce�e, Crow Wing County and Renee Sogge, Mahnomen County.

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THE GOLDEN APPLE Award was presented by the MFBF P&E Commi�ee to someone who has gone above and beyond to work with Agriculture in the Classroom programs and worked to educate others around the clock about farming and ranching. This year’s recipient is Juanita Reed Boniface of Anoka County Farm Bureau, center, pictured with MFBF President Kevin Paap, le�, and MFBF P&E Chair Mark Maiers. The P&E Commi�ee also presented the Advocate of the Year Award to Brent and Emily Mohn of Sco� County Farm Bureau for their work advoca�ng for the profession of farming and ranching.


THE P&E COMMITTEE led the Resource Course session, which provided a�endees with P&E kits to use for Agriculture in the Classroom ac�vi�es in local schools and in their communi�es. The theme was “Apples, Apples, Apples,” and the kits contained educa�onal ac�vi�es, the books “How to See the World and Make an Apple Pie” and “The Apple Riddle,” informa�on on the American Founda�on for Agriculture resources at agfounda� and the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom resources at Pictured are Linda Binkley - Beltrami County and Myrna Welter - Olmsted County.

THE MFBF YF YF&R and P&E Commi�ees jointly host the MFBF Leadership Conference for Farm Bureau members across the state. The MFBF YF&R Commi�ee pictured above, front, le� to right are Shantel Koering, Crow Wing County; Hannah Molitor, Stearns County and Amanda Durow, Dakota County. Pictured middle row le� to right are Sarah Kuschel, Cass County; Pam Uhlenkamp, Sibley County; Pete Henslin, Dodge County and Joel Talsma, Rock County. Pictured back le� to right are Miles Kuschel, Cass County; Tim Uhlenkamp, Sibley County and Michael Kitchell, Norman County.

THE MFBF YF&R Commi�ee presents the Golden Pitchfork Award to someone who is not afraid of hard work and heavyy li�ing. This year’s recipient of the Golden Pitchfork Award went to Mark Maiers, center, of Sibley County Farm Bureau and MFBF Promo�on & Educa�on chair pictured with MFBF President Kevin Paap, le�, and MFBF YF&R Chair Pete Henslin, right. THE OUTSTANDING FRIEND of YF&R is presented to someone who has gone above the call of duty to assist and lead YF&R into the future. This year’s recipient was Representa�ve Rod Hamilton, center, with MFBF Chair Pete Henslin, le�, and MFBF President Kevin Paap, right.

MINNESOTA FARM BUREAU Founda�on Imagina�on Sta�ons were available to preview at the MFBF Leadership Conference. The Imagina�on Sta�ons are My American Farm kiosks with a collec�on of online educa�onal games developed by the American Farm Bureau Founda�on for Agriculture. The kiosks bring the farm to life on iPads for families to learn more about agriculture. Contact Ruth Meirick at ruth.meirick�� or ���-���-���� on how to rent one for your upcoming event or how to donate to this project.

THE CONFERENCE KEYNOTE speaker was Donna Moenning from The Center for Food Integrity who encouraged a�endees to share their farm story and engage with consumers in ways that work for them, because people want to know more about their food now more than ever. In addi�on, par�cipants a�ended sessions on leadership, advocacy, policy and business, including naviga�ng the genera�on gap, preparing for farm injuries, sharing your farm story, classroom visits made easy, working with environmental issues, building policy rela�onships, leveraging coopera�ve power and developing business and marke�ng plans.



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What’s in a Language? What’s in a language? Have you ever found yourself at the mall, hardware supply store, restaurant or a park in the last year and encountered someone speaking a different language? How did that make you feel? American Heritage Dictionary defines language: a system of words formed from such combinations and patterns, used by the people of a particular country or by a group of people with a shared history or set of traditions. We live in a world today where language is becoming ever more important and no place is that more evident than in agriculture. We rely on exports to drive the use of our raw goods from soybeans, pork, beef and the list goes on. We also speak ‘ag’ in an attempt to tell our story to our customers domestically and find that even though we ‘speak’ the same language we are not speaking the same language. Around the World In October, my wife and I took our boys to Disney World in Orlando. We spent one entire day of that trip at the Epcot Center and toured displays from Norway, Germany, Mexico, China, Italy, Canada and France. All of the employees at each place were native to the country and all spoke excellent English. In fact at our visit in Norway, we found that they are all required to speak a minimum of three languages upon graduation from high school. Two of the young ladies spoke five different languages. Wow what an amazing advantage they have! This struck me that we (U.S.) rely so heavily on other nations for so many things, and yet most of our high school graduates only speak one language. Our oldest son, Carter, is enrolled in a Mandarin Chinese immersion program as part of the St. Cloud Public School system. It is our hope that he will continue in this program and graduate high school with command of two languages. Why Mandarin you may ask? English may be the current language of business, but our future for trade and growth comes from the east and much of that will be in China. They have roughly 1.4 billion people under a system that only allowed one child, which has • Pillsbury bu�ermilk biscuit four pack • 1/4 cup cinnamon • 1 cup sugar • 1 cup vanilla ice cream • 1 cup brown sugar • 1/2 cup bu�er Mix cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl (I use a plas�c container that I can snap the lid on �ghtly.) Break biscuits in half and roll into balls and place into cinnamon/sugar mix. Coat them thoroughly and place into a bundt cake pan. Combine the ice cream, brown sugar and bu�er into a micro wave safe bowl and

ERIC KUEHL STATE P&E COMMITTEE MEMBER Hometown: St. Cloud Children: Carter - 6, Rory - 2 Educa�onal Background: Bachelors of Science, Agricultural Educa�on Farm Descrip�on: Sales Representa�ve for Mycogen seeds Hobbies: Running, fishing Why did you get involved with P&E? I wanted the opportunity to share my desire to teach about agriculture. Dates to Remember: ASAP Week - March 6-12; Na�onal Agriculture Day - March 15; Bulle�n Board Contest Deadline - April 30; Minnesota Farm Bureau Founda�on �olf �u�ng - �une 28 in Co�age �rove; Farmfest August 2-4; Minnesota State Fair - August 25 - Labor Day; Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Mee�ng -November 18-19

now been changed and each family can now have two children. Think about the growth that policy change will have nearly immediately to their growth! If you still are not convinced, ask Swiss firm Syngenta how important China is, ask Dow and Monsanto who both hold technologies that are being held back from large scale production until China approves them for import. Customer’s Language Folks, we all come from different walks of life, different farming practices, different crops grown as well as

different languages spoken. We all unite though in one unified language ‘food and family.’ So the next time you’re out and hear a language that is different than your own, take a moment to think about that language. Where does it come from, its history, and what do you think they consume? Are they my customer? Are we speaking their language or are we talking to them in our language, and in doing so missing the opportunity to share what it is we are all so passionate about? How does this translate to all those U.S. consumers that so desperately crave to know where and how their food is produced? We know the language needed to tell our story but is it in a language that our consumers understand? Like our son who is learning a new language, we all will struggle a little and be a little uncomfortable early on in the process. Think about the end result and the massive gains we can have by simply speaking the same language. In Closing I look forward to serving you as a committee member of the Promotion and Education (P&E) Committee, what an exciting time it is for us to use our God given talents to talk about what we do. It is just as easy as that, share your story, not your neighbors, yours. Have a conversation with someone in the grocery store, airport, church, local civic organization or a family event (because we all have family members that don’t understand what we do). Trust is built on knowledge and knowledge is built on awareness, and there is no time like now to step out and learn to speak the ‘language’ of our consumer. I leave you with one final thought, when you have the opportunity go to YouTube and type in the search feature “Mike Rowe and Sheep castration.” Take 20 minutes to watch this video. Give thought to what he has to say and see how we can apply these concepts in our life. Do we know what to expect? Do our consumers know what to expect from us and are we truly proud of the hard work it takes to make sure that shelves are full every time a consumer walks into the grocery store?

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Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa�ons 2016 Direct Marketer will be published in the May edi�on of The Voice of Agriculture. The directory will be distributed to nearly 30,000 Farm Bureau member families. This is a great way for Farm Bureau members to sell their fresh, processed or value-added agricultural products to consumers. Farm Bureau Farm Fresh Direct categories include, but are not limited to trees, dairy products, eggs, farm tours, fruits, vegetables, popcorn, wool and wool products, wine, fresh cut flowers and meat products. Note: Farm Bureau Farm Fresh Direct will not include lis�ngs of livestock or breeding stock. The Farm Bureau Farm Fresh Direct applica�on is also available on our website at www.� listed under Programs. Applica�ons are now accepted. This is free of charge as a Farm Bureau member benefit. Farm Bureau Membership # (MN)___________________________________ County_________________________________________________________ Business Name__________________________________________________ Contact________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________________ City____________________________________________________________ State: MN ZIP____________________________________________________________ Phone__________________________________________________________ Email__________________________________________________________ Website________________________________________________________ Facebook_______________________________________________________ Twi�er_________________________________________________________ Special direc�ons to business (will be published): Describe products for sale: (Example: fresh picked vegetables, apples, bedding and nursery plants, beef cuts, and produce available for summer or fall.)

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Index ANNOUNCEMENTS: (003) Notices (005) Farmers Market (006) Travel BUSINESS-TRAINING: (008) Schools (010) Computer Training (012) Computer Programs FINANCIAL: (013) Loans (015) Investments COMMUNICATIONS: (020) Radio Communications (023) Satellite Systems/Cable (024) Computers (025) Cellular Phone SERVICES: (028) Farm Services (031) Professional

(033) Repair Services (035) Diesel Repair (036) Tiling/Ditching/Terracing PETS: (040) Pets For Sale (043) Pets Wanted HELP WANTED: (047) Help Wanted (050) Job Wanted MOTOR VEHICLES: (053) Autos/Vans (055) Trucks/Pickups (056) Heavy Duty/Commercial (057) Parts/Accessories (058) Motorcycles VEHICLE TIRES/ACCESSORIES: (060) Passenger Tires (063) Truck Tires (065) Agricultural Tires (067) Accessories

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE: (069) Antiques (070) Home Furnishings (072) Appliances (073) Articles For Sale (074) Gardening Equipment (075) Heating/Fuel (076) Fish Farms (077) Plants/Trees (078) Wanted To Buy SPORTING EQUIPMENT: (080) Boats/Motors (082) All Terrain (084) Snowmobiles (085) Hot Tubs (086) RV/Marine FARM EQUIPMENT: (090) Misc. Farm Equipment (091) Tractors (095) Farm Trailers (094) Material Handling (096) Salvage Parts (097) Farm Equip. Wanted

ENERGY: (100) Wind Power (103) Generators LIVESTOCK: (110) Dairy (113) Beef (115) Calves (117) Purebred Cattle (119) Feeder Pigs (121) Swine (123) Purebred Swine (125) Sheep/Goats (127) Purebred Sheep/Goats (128) Llamas (129) Horses (135) Poultry/Rabbits (137) Exotic Animals & Wildlife (139) Livestock Equipment (141) Livestock Equip. Wanted (142) Livestock Materials HAY/FEED/BEDDING: (150) Hay/Straw/Grain (152) Feed

(154) Bedding SEED/FERTILIZER/CHEMICALS (160) Seed (162) Fertilizer (164) Chemicals REAL ESTATE: (170) Farms (172) Farm Land (174) Mobile Homes (176) Resort Property (178) Land For Rent (179) For Rent (180) House (181) Small Acreage BUILDING MATERIALS: (185) Building Materials (187) PreCnst. Bldgs. Util./Mach. (189) Bins/Silos AUCTIONEERS: (190) Auctioneers (193) Auctions (195) Coming Sale Dates

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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 username and password. 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 Call for your discount card—offering $2 adult and $1 child off zoo admission and $1 off IMAX Theatre admission. 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 Sunday-Friday water park general admission rate of $15 per person per day or Saturday $20 per person per day. Radisson Hotel Bloomington by Mall of America – save 25% off standard overnight room rates. Discount coupon can be downloaded at Use promotional code “FARM” to redeem. (All rates are subject to 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 20% off rates at almost 5,000 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 800-2582847 or log onto ID # 00209660. n Wyndham Hotel Group Farm Bureau members receive a rate up to 20% off at nearly 7,400 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�NEW! 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 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models. Must be a member for at least 30 days prior to date of delivery. To obtain your GM 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 utility vehicle incentive program 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 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

March 2016 Voice of Agriculture  
March 2016 Voice of Agriculture