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VOLUME 36 • No. 3

of Agriculture

Miron Presented National Excellence in Agriculture Contest Award On Thursday, April 7, Mike Miron of Hugo picked up his American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture national contest award at Whitaker Buick GMC in Forest Lake. Miron won the national contest at the AFBF Annual Meeting on January 11 in Orlando, Florida. “It is very meaningful for the entire community to have a national award winner and to be part of this award presentation,” said Steve Whitaker – Whitaker Buick GMC president. As the winner of the contest, Miron received the choice of a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado or 2016 GMC Sierra courtesy of Chevrolet and a paid registration to the 2016 AFBF YF&R Conference in Kansas City. “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


MIKE MIRON OF Hugo picked up his American Farm Bureau Federa�on Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Excellence in Agriculture na�onal contest award at Whitaker Buick GMC in Forest Lake. He received a 2016 GMC Sierra, courtesy of the na�onal sponsor Chevrolet. Pictured le� to right, Steve Whitaker – Whitaker Buick GMC president, Jim Bush – Whitaker Buick GMC general manager, Mike Miron and Steve Bystrom – Whitaker Buick GMC sales consultant and business manager.

Mahnomen County Food Awareness

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ON MARCH 16, Mahnomen County Farm Bureau volunteered at the Center for Human Environment by Mahnomen and donated the worth of 3,000 meals to the surrounding community. Through February and March, all of the coun�es in the northwest region of Minnesota donated 34,000 meals to the Red River Valley, totaling $6,800.

County Farm Bureaus raise food awareness in local communi�es Throughout the months of February and March, County Farm Bureaus across Minnesota worked in their local communities to spread awareness about all things food





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– from the farmers who grow and raise our food, to food safety and availability. Counties hosted breakfasts, assisted food shelves, donated time and talent and packed

meals for the hungry as a way to show a farmer’s commitment to feeding families in their communities.

See more Food Awareness Event photos throughout this issue.

MAY 2016

AFBF President Tes��es on Farmer’s Increased Financial Pressure Farmers are feeling the pain of the continued slump in commodity prices, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall told Congress in mid-April. Lower prices will affect income for all farmers and ranchers, but will have an even greater impact on new and young farmers who have not built up equity, are renting a significant portion of their land or are paying off equipment. “The bottom line is that farmers and ranchers are being forced to tighten their belts and pay much closer attention to their financial situation,” said Duvall in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. “They will be in greater need of safety net and risk management programs than has been the case for some time—for some, since they started farming.” Duvall’s testimony included bad economic news. • Net farm income, which includes other factors like depreciation, inventory change and other non-cash costs, declined from $123 billion in 2013 to $56 billion in 2015 and is estimated at $55 billion for 2016. • Longer-term projections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture leaves net cash income averaging less than $80 billion for the coming decade and net farm income at less than $70 billion over the same period.


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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

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Safety and Seeds of Implementation

President’s Voice

KEVIN PAAP • MFBF PRESIDENT Many have started planting this year’s crops and are busy caring for their newborn animals. No matter who you are, what your occupation is or where you live, spring is a wonderful time of year. In agriculture, it is a time of excitement; a time to put in place the plans thought about all winter; a time to put your seeds in the ground and put your faith in God to provide the weather to produce a bountiful crop. Farm Safety With spring comes more vehicles and machinery on our roads. Farm equipment is much wider and slower than automobiles. Drivers, please watch out for our farm equipment on the roadways, allow plenty of space and be aware of those sudden left turns into farm fields. Farmers, please make sure that the slow moving vehicle emblem is clean and bright, turn on your head lights and safety flashers, use your turn signals and help watch out for the other vehicles. When handling seed and crop protection products, please read and follow all safety precautions on the label, including wearing the proper personal protection equipment. Policy Implementation Many of you have already participated in planting the Farm Bureau policy implementation seeds. County presidents and key county leaders attended the Council of County Presidents meeting to discuss our legislative priorities and upcoming programs. Many of you attended our Day on the Hill events at our State Capitol to engage on buffer clarification, property taxes, transportation

infrastructure and other Farm Bureau issues. Farm Bureau has been active in Washington, D.C. discussing the lower commodity prices and the greater need of a safety net and risk management tools. Lower prices will affect the net farm income for all farmers and ranchers, but will have an even greater impact on new and young farmers who have not built up equity, are renting a significant portion of their land and have equipment to make payments on. We have reminded our elected officials that approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will raise overall farm income without adding to government spending, that the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule and Endangered Species Act puts additional costs and burdens on property owners and the importance of establishing a nation-wide labeling standard for genetically modified food to avoid a patchwork of individual state laws which will increase food costs to consumers. In Closing We must continue to engage with our policy makers through town hall meetings, letters, emails and especially those cell phone calls from the tractor seat while in the fields! I encourage you to share your personal stories so that they gain a better understanding of how the laws and regulations can or are impacting your farms and communities. We all need to work together to implement our Farm Bureau policies at the local, state and national level. Thank you for your time, our Farm Bureau presence has been noticed in Washington, D.C. and in St Paul! Remember to be safe on the roads and on your farms and ranches.

Visa Backlog Adding to Ag Labor Woes

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ZIPPY DUVALL • AFBF PRESIDENT Thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of our nation’s farmers and ranchers, we enjoy an abundance of affordable, American-grown food. With summer nearly here, consumers are ready for their local grocery stores and markets to be fully stocked with their favorite fresh fruits and vegetables. And U.S. agriculture is eager to keep up with the demand for American food products. But labor shortages and unreasonable visa delays challenge farmers’ ability to get their crops harvested and to market. There’s no question that we need a long-term solution to protecting our borders while also securing a legal, reliable workforce for agriculture. The fix won’t be quick or easy, but it is possible. Farmers need a market-based visa program, managed by USDA, which gives both employers and workers flexibility for long- and short-term work. While it will take time to achieve the full reform we need, there are serious problems on the ground with our current system that can and must be addressed now. The current H2A and H2B system ignores the real-time needs of agriculture, and we’re seeing a prime example right now with massive visa paperwork delays at the U.S. Department of Labor. Farmers across the country are already missing deadlines to have crews in place because of a bureaucratic hold-up with guest-worker visa applications. Even after carefully

following all the procedures and filing the proper paperwork, farmers are kept waiting 30 days or more for Labor Department approval. The law itself says approval time should be 10-15 days, but the government is far behind with no sign of catching up. It’s time for the agency to shape up and bring the system into the 21st century, before our agricultural labor situation worsens. Unfortunately, ignoring the unique labor needs of agriculture seems to be business as usual for the Labor Department. That’s why Farm Bureau is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to step in. We need USDA to ensure that farmers have the workforce we need to stay in business and continue to provide safe and affordable food. Farmers and ranchers need an agency that understands their labor needs managing this system. Delays in worker visa approvals may sound like just a human resources headache, but these delays can be devastating for farmers. A crew showing up 30 to 40 days late just doesn’t work when crops need to be planted, tended and harvested. Crops don’t wait for stacks of bureaucratic paperwork to clear. Yes, we need a long-term solution, including attention to border security, to fully solve agriculture’s labor problem. But we also need a fix today for the needless delays that are keeping farmers from running their businesses.

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Steele County Ag Day Basket STEELE COUNTY FARM Bureau celebrated Na�onal Agriculture Day on March 15 by pu�ng together an Ag Day Basket for the first baby born that day at the Owatonna Hospital. The basket included local agriculture products and informa�on about Minnesota farming. Pictured at right is Kaitlin Keck with Steele County Farm Bureau presented the basket to the lucky family.

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Save the Date: Golf Scramble and New Sporting Clays Tournament Two fund raisers for the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation have been set for this summer, a golf scramble and a sporting clays tournament. All proceeds from the event assist the MFB Foundation programs. Funds will be used for programs focused on agricultural education, safety education and leadership development.

WHILE ATTENDING THE Advocacy Conference, attendees visited with Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken; members of Congress Tim Walz, Tom Emmer, Erik Paulsen, Collin Peterson; Rick Nolan and members of their staff. Pictured left to right are MFBF Board Members Mark Maiers, Carolyn Olson, Dan Glessing, Nathan Collins, Bob Roelofs, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mike Gunderson, Marlin Fay, Fran Miron and MFBF President Kevin Paap.

Farm Bureau Members Aďż˝end Adďż˝ocacy Conference in D.C. While in D.C., Farm Bureau members discussed the role of biotechnology both in food production and food labeling, and urged support of protecting agriculture innovation while providing greater transparency. They also discussed the importance of trade and the Trans-PaciďŹ c Partnership (TPP) which is expected to add nearly 1,750 jobs to the Minnesota economy and increase cash receipts and net exports from Minnesota by $425.1 million

and $231.6 million respectively. Attendees emphasized the importance of risk management tools and asked for support to preserve and protect crop insurance in the President’s budget. In addition, Farm Bureau members discussed the importance of regulatory reform on the Endangered Species Act speciďŹ cally as it relates to gray wolves and the long-nose bat and as it relates to ditching the rule by the Environmental

Protection Agency’s the waters of the U.S. Attendees also met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Darci Vetter, U.S. House of Representative Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway and Congressman Rodney Davis (Illinois).

Golf Scramble Set for June 28 The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation will hold its annual golf fundraiser at River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, Minnesota on Tuesday, June 28. The format will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at noon. The entry fee covers 18 holes of golf, two carts per foursome, a box lunch, banquet meal and prizes. Other contests will take place throughout the course. The cost for the event is $150 for individuals. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Registrations are due May 27. New! Sporting Clays Tournament on July 22 Join the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation for their New fundraiser ‌ a sporting clays tournament at the Caribou Gun Club in Le Sueur on July 22. The format is 5-person teams with 50 targets at 12 interactive shooting stations. The entry fee covers the sporting clays, banquet meal and prizes. Other contests will take place throughout the day. For more information on either event, download a brochure and registration form at or contact Michelle DeGeest at 651-768-2151 or Foundation fundraisers Other MFB Foundation fundraisers include the pork chop stand at FarmFest, August 2-4 and the annual auction held at the MFB Annual Meeting on Friday, November 18. The MFB Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for supporters of agriculture to invest in people and programs focused on supporting active farmers and agriculturalists, better connecting agriculture to consumers and serving rural communities. Examples of some of the programs currently funded include: My American Farm Imagination Stations, Speak for Yourself, youth and leadership programs, academic scholarships, grants and the Agriculture Transportation Handbook. For more information or to donate, contact the MFB Foundation at 651-768-2115, or log onto

THE WASHINGTON-RAMSEY County Farm Bureau Board of Directors are pictured with Mike at his award presenta�on e�ent on April �. Pictured le� to right Dennis Sabel � MFBF east central area program director, Craig DeWolf, Paul Miron, Kristy Miron, Mike Miron, Joyce Welander, Ann Tauzell, Karen Graber and Fran Miron.


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success, and I would strongly encourage others to get involved. I am thankful for to the sponsors of our programs and their investment in young farmers.� Miron advanced to the AFBF competition after capturing top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation 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. Mike is the ďŹ fth 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. Runnerups in the contest were from Illinois, South Carolina and Virginia.


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n��YF&R Summer Leadership Tour Join Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) from around Minnesota on July 15 for the annual Summer Leadership Tour. Tours will be from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tentative tour stops include McNelius Truck & Manufacturing, Seneca Foods, Four Daughters Winery and Red Barn Learning Center. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy Kasson on their own with the suggestion to stop by the Dodge County Free Fair to see the Never Forget 9-11 traveling exhibit. For more information go to or contact Judy Pilcher at 651-768-2114 or n��Have You Completed your Green Star Farms Self-Evaluation Yet? Help prevent duplicate and overburdensome regulations. Join the growing number of farms who have completed the Minnesota Agriculture Resource Center’s Green Star Farms self-evaluation at It takes 20 minutes, and it’s fast, easy and confidential. Take the Green Star Farms initiative self-evaluation today at For more information contact Jeremy Geske at or 612-756-1200 n��#iAdvocate Winners Announced The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Promotion & Education Committee has announced the winners of its #iAdvocate photo contest, and half of the winners are from Minnesota! Congratulations to Tom of Wabasha County, Becki of Chisago County, Brian of Dakota County, Michelle of Dakota County and Shelly of Douglas County for showing off the advocacy work they do every day. n��Congratulations to the First in the Field Qualifiers! As part of the Accelerate Membership campaign, member volunteers are signing new members into Farm Bureau. Members who sign 5 new members by May 5 receive a gift. Congratulations to the following volunteers and thank you for all you do: 3 by March 3: Ted Brenny, Rosanne Caughey, David Engelbrecht, Bob Fritz, Dan Glessing, Dave Johnson,

Ray Johnson, Michael Kitchell, Joel Mathiowetz, Fran Miron, Kevin Paap, Jeff Pagel, Doug Schultz and Joyce Welander. 4 by April 4: Ted Brenny, David Engelbrecht, Bob Fritz, Dan Glessing, Dave Johnson, Ray Johnson, Michael Kitchell, Joel Mathiowetz, Fran Miron, Jeff Pagel, Doug Schultz, Joyce Welander and Charlie Westfall. n��Young Farmers & Ranchers Contest Deadlines The Excellence in Agriculture application is due July 15. The Young Farmers and Ranchers Excellence in Agriculture contest is designed as an opportunity for young farmers and ranchers who may not derive 100 percent of their income from farming to earn recognition while actively contributing to the agriculture industry and building their leadership skills through their involvement in Farm Bureau and their community. Participants are judged on their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability and involvement and participation in Farm Bureau and other organizations. The Achievement Award application is due July 15. The Achievement Award is an application based contest which compares your farm’s goals and successes to other young farmers across Minnesota and the United States. The application is judged on your goals, your farm’s success, your financial planning and your leadership skills. Young farmers and their spouses, ages 18-35, are encouraged to check out this great award program. The ideal candidate(s) is an individual or couple involved in production agriculture with a majority of their income subject to normal production risks. For more information on these leadership development opportunities go to The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers contests are for men and women between the ages of 18-35 who are looking for leadership growth opportunities in order to preserve our individual freedoms and expand knowledge of agriculture. n��September Farmers to D.C. Join other farmers as we take our message to federal decision makers, September 12-16. The MFBF

Washington, D.C. fall leadership trip offers you the opportunity to have an impact on public policy, represent fellow farmers on a national level and tour historic Washington, D.C. To reserve your spot, submit a $50 per person, non-refundable deposit before July 22. $300 grants are available (one per county) to the first 10 applicants. For more information, contact Michelle DeGeest at 651-7682151 or or see page 9Aof this issue of The Voice of Agriculture. n��Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Century Club Join the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Century Club, a fundraising campaign to commemorate the past and celebrate the future of the Minnesota Farm Bureau. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Century Club recognizes individuals who donate $1,000 to the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation above any current giving. Donations can be made in installments or as one donation. Century Club members will receive a Farm Bureau Century Club Pin, be recognized at our 100th Minnesota Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in 2018 and be invited to a Foundation sponsored “Century Club Dinner.” Checks payable to the MFB Foundation. Donations may be mailed to: MFB Foundation, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164. For more information, go to or contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or n��Summer Teacher Tour The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Program (MAITC) offers a unique annual summer tour that allows teachers to get a first-hand look into the world of agriculture. Resources, hands-on activities and interactive ideas for integrating agriculture as a context for achieving academic standards at all levels are discussed and shared. CEUs and graduate credits available. MAITC is offering two tours in 2016. The first, “Minnesota Agriculture: Offering Something for Everyone,” is July 25-26. Tour stops include Leaf Line Medical Cannabis Production and Formulation Center in


CALENDAR OF EVENTS n�May 5 • First in the Field Membership Deadline

n�July 15 • Summer Leadership Tour Southeast Minnesota

n�September 1 • P&E and YF&R Committee Nomination Deadline

n�May 25 • MFBF Board Meeting

n�July 15 • Achievement Award Application Deadline • Excellence in Agriculture Application Deadline

n�September 5 • Office Closed

n�July 20-21 MFBF Board Meeting

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

n�July 22 • Farmers to Washington D.C. Registration Deadline • MFB Foundation Sporting Clays Tournament

n�September 30 • Membership Year End

n�May 27 • MFB Foundation Golf Scramble Registration Deadline n�May 30 • MFBF Office Closed n�June 9-17 • Marketbasket Survey Shopping Dates n�June 27 • MFB Foundation Sporting Clays Registration Deadline

n�August 2-4 • Farmfest

n�June 28 • MFB Foundation Golf Scramble

n�August 9 • Primary Election Day

n�July 4 • MFBF Office Closed

n�August 25-September 5 • State Fair n�August 31 • County Activities of Excellence Deadline

n�September 7 • MFBF Board Meeting

n�November 17-19 • MFBF Annual Meeting n�January 8-11, 2017 • AFBF Annual Meeting Phoenix, Arizona n�February 3-4, 2017 • MFBF Leadership Conference Bemidji

over! discMINNESOTA n�Snake River Canoe Race May 7 Mora 25K canoe (kayaks too) race down the Snake River from the Hinckley Bridge to the landing in front of the Kanabec History Center. Much fun and excitement! n�Minnaqua Beginners Fly-Fishing Weekend May 13-15 Lanesboro _fishing/index.html Ever wanted to learn about fly fishing, but didn’t have anyone to show you how? During the MN DNR MinnAqua Beginners Fly-Fishing Weekend for Youth-Adult Pairs, youth and their adult fishing partner will team up with an experienced fly-fishing mentor to develop basic skills, learn about aquatic habitat and fish for trout together! Cost is $130 per youth-adult pair (includes meals, lodging, aquatic education programs, guiding services, and additional materials). n�Science Saturday May 28, June 11, June 25 Soudan vermilion_soudan/index.html Explore the park to learn about various plants and animals. The programs will consist of hands on activities and in-field exploration, as well as, discussions on how to continue one’s learning in various citizen science programs. Meet at the Soudan Underground Mine visitor center and be prepared to be outside. Potential topics include phenology, bees, birds, wild edibles, trees, monarchs and reptile/amphibians. n�Dairy Day Celebration June 3 Hutchinson Explore the exciting world of agriculture with live animals, entertainment, tractor show and great food! Enjoy a cheeseburger, chips, milk and an ice cream sandwich. Proceeds go to the AgriBusiness Committee to help promote farming. n�Farm Animal Weekend June 4-5 Elk River The animals on a farm all have specific uses and require different kinds of care. June means time to shear the sheep. Encourage the Kelley farmers as they hand-shear the sheep to help them get out of their “winter coats.” Toby and Coulter, the farm’s oxen, will be finishing up field work. Meet the spring newborns, and discover how farm animals have been used in the past and the different ways they are used today. Take time to explore the nature trails. n�Bison Program June 11 Fairfax Naturalist Scott Kudelka will be talking about bison. As the largest mammal on the Great Plains, millions of bison once roamed all over North America. Kudelka will talk about the distribution of bison prior to the arrival of Europeans, the difference between bison and buffalo, and how they are doing at Minneopa State Park. This program is wonderful for all ages, and it will take place at 2 p.m. n�Be a Lumberjack Family Day June 18 Grand Rapids Kids are invited to be a lumberjack for a day. At the logging camp, children can help saw wood, count beans, mix cookie dough, stamp a log, cross haul a sled and race “gray-backs.” Then it’s time for fun with games like “prune on a spoon” racing, musical stumps and raisin spitting and craft projects that bring out the creativity in kids. For more information on these and other events, log onto Submit your community event by emailing or fax 651-768-2159.


AGRI-BYTES Students Nationwide Journey Inside Smart Farms to Experience Technology Irrigation systems managed from iPads, animal nutrition tracked by computer chips and tractors that drive using GPS are only a few examples of the ways farmers and ranchers use technology to produce food in a sustainable manner. With each generation becoming further removed from agriculture, Discovering FARMLAND, a comprehensive education program created by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) in conjunction with Discovery Education, is providing high school students nationwide with a firsthand glimpse into contemporary agriculture through The Smart Farm: Where Technology and Innovation Meet virtual field trip was held on Tuesday, April 5. This live virtual event hosted from Deere & Company World Headquarters in Moline, Illinois, transported classrooms across the country to a hog, corn and soybean farm to see today’s agricultural practices in action. Students heard from fourth-generation farmer Ryan

Help Stockmen Affected by Kansas Wildfire As the wildfire in Barber and Comanche counties in Kansas continues to burn, more than 400,000 acres of pasture and farmland have been consumed. Farm, ranch and industry groups continue efforts to help affected livestock farmers and ranchers. Kansas Farm Bureau has created a fire relief site for those affected and those willing to help. The site connects those donating supplies like fencing and building materials and labor to those in need. Farm Bureau encourages those who want to donate and help in the rebuilding process to use the website so resources can be implemented efficiently. For more information, contact Zel Polf in Barber County (620886-3316) and Jennifer Theurer in Comanche County (620-4409059), and Nancy Brown (785587-6111) and Serita Blankenship (785-587-6150) at Kansas Farm Bureau.

Veldhuizen from Edgerton, Minnesota, who was featured in James Moll’s award-winning documentary, FARMLAND, as he discussed technology and innovation on today’s farms. Log on to learn more at rtualfieldtrip. Monarch Conservation is Key on Farmland The Monarch Collaborative, a group comprised of agricultural stakeholders, is dedicated to preserving the monarch butterfly and its habitat. The goal of the group is to keep the Monarch from being listed as an Endangered Species Act species and to keep butterflies at the forefront of landowner’s minds. Ryan Yates, American Farm Bureau Federation’s representative in the coalition, explained that the group is looking for opportunities to engage with farmers and ranchers and agriculture to promote conservation of the monarch butterfly. “The more we’re talking about

butterflies and butterfly conservation the more effective we’re going to be in promoting the long-term success in recovering the species,” said Yates. For more information on preserving Monarch populations and habitats, visit and search Monarch Collaborative. Foundation Reaching Out to National Science Teachers Association The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is reaching out to science teachers. This includes encouraging science teachers to teach about agriculture at the National Science Teachers Association conference. Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation, said that response from teachers has been extremely positive. In addition to interacting with teachers at the conference, Foundation staff gave 20 urban science curriculum coordinators farm tours.

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Watonwan Food Awareness WATONWAN COUNTY FARM Bureau assembled gi� bags o� local agriculture products in a reusable tote bag to the Danceline Extravaganza and the St. James Area Boys Basketball Boosters, Girls Basketball Boosters and Wrestling Boosters to be raffled off throughout their events in February. Pictured at right presen�ng the dona�on is Samantha Runge.


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Olmsted County Ag Day Basket

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Anoka 4-H Speaking Up for Animal Ag Winners

AS PART OF Na�onal Agriculture Day on March 15, Olmsted County Farm Bureau put together a Minnesota agriculture basket to deliver to KEYCChannel 6 in Rochester. Pictured is board member Jeff Pagel with the basket as a way to promote local farmers and food products.

ANOKA COUNTY FARM Bureau donated 4-H backpacks as prizes to the Anoka County 4-H Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture contest winners. Pictured are Anoka County Farm Bureau board members Juanita Reed-Boniface, le�, and Charlie Padula, ��h from le�, presen�ng the awards.

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Cottage Grove, Ferndale Free Range Turkey Farm and Market in Cannon Falls, a cooperativebased dairy farm, Upper River Services on the Mississippi River in St. Paul, StakmanBorlaug Center for Sustainable Plant Health and the Minnesota Forever Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. The second tour, “Farm to School: From Seed to Plate,” is August 8-9. Tour stops include Shakopee Mdewekanton Sioux Community Wozupi in Prior Lake, Pahl’s Market Garden Center in Apple Valley, Russ Davis Wholesale in Eagan, Pollinate MN in Minneapolis, Bare Honey in St. Paul, Farm to School Lunch in Hopkins and a school garden visit in Hopkins. Each tour costs $25 and offer CEU credits. County Farm Bureaus are encouraged to sponsor an educator(s) to attend. For more information, visit summerteachertour.aspx or contact Sue Knott at

t TESTIFY FROM 1A AFBF President Duvall found hope on the horizon. He told lawmakers there were numerous things they could do to help the farm economy, including: • Approving the TransPacific Partnership to raise overall farm income without adding to government spending; • Stopping the Waters of the U.S. rule, which places additional costs and burdens on farming; • Reversing spill prevention and control requirements that add costs without clear environmental benefit; and • Establishing a voluntary nation-wide labeling standard for genetically modified food to avoid a patchwork of state laws.

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Why We Talk to the Media For as long as many farmers could remember, the story was the same: Don’t talk to the newspapers, TV or radio. The message was clear: You have nothing to gain. It’s hard to think of any attitude more outdated today. The sad truth is there’s an army of ill-informed activists who want to do away with what they call “factory farming.” These anti-farmer voices are loud and ignorant, but also wellplaced. Farmers and ranchers have to counter them. Here’s how.

Anecdotes are Good; Reliable Data is Much Better The best reporters aspire to know as much as the people they cover. In some cases they actually get there. I recently met with a Washington Post Reporter who thought most of America’s farmland was owned by major corporations which, in turn, produced most of our food. My telling her otherwise was pointless, but she was convinced when I produced a basic fact book from USDA. Having the right facts at your fingertips can be everything.

Open your Doors The media seldom get a look at real farmers. Meeting reporters on your own farm helps them understand what really goes on instead of being duped by the latest food or environmental fad. Some farms even have 24-hour webcams so the public can see what really goes on. Whether or not you want to go that far, the public needs to see farmers more. You can help.

Play to the Outlet’s Interests and Biases Ag media is seldom hostile, but mainstream reporters are, at best, a mixed bag. As before, you need to know the facts, but couching things in the right terms can mean the difference between good coverage and bad coverage, or nothing at all. Ask yourself what about your story will appeal to the reporter you are speaking with. Many journalists sympathize with government regulators, but very, very few will take the side of arbitrary and abusive treatment at their hands. Use what you know about the outlet to your advantage.

Have an Agenda Have three or maybe four main points you want to make. You should be able to state the basics on each in two or three sentences as well as in a longer format.

Explain, then Explain Again Very few non-farmers know much about what farmers do, so avoid words you don’t read in the mainstream media. Remember issues such as erosion, runoff and the need for proper drainage are completely foreign to most reporters. Even basics like weed and insect control are poorly understood, if at all. If you have something to say, restate it, repeat the obvious, then ask the reporter in a friendly way why he thinks it matters to you. You’ll be surprised how many questions and answers it often takes to get the story right. Practice, Practice, Practice Unless you spend most of your day talking about policy, you will need to practice what you’re going to say with someone you trust. Family and friends at your county Farm Bureau can be good sounding boards. Friends who don’t know farming can be better, still, since they will hear what you are saying as the average person would.

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��Some vegetables may be planted as soon as garden soil dries enough to be worked easily. Peas, leaf lettuce, onions, turnips and radishes are among the first seeds to sow directly in the garden. Come early May, you can add beets, carrots, spinach and some cabbage family seeds (cabbage, broccoli, kale and kohlrabi). Wait until late May or early June to plant tomatoes and other heat-loving vegetables. ��If you’ve had problems with crabgrass appearing early in warm parts of your property – south facing slopes, or along sidewalks and driveways – plan to apply a pre-emergence herbicide towards the end of April. It takes about two weeks after you water the product into the soil for it to become effective. If you prefer not to use a pesticide but still desire weed control, choose a product made from corn gluten meal. ��If you plan to start a new garden, or if an existing vegetable garden gets at least six hours of sunlight, but still is not very productive, have a reliable soil test run by the University’s Soil Testing lab. For a modest fee they’ll analyze your

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future. So, stay friendly, be open, make time to talk to reporters who want to talk to you. They won’t always get everything right, but the better they get to know you, the more likely they will. The world badly needs people who can explain how farming and ranching really work.

sample, then make specific recommendations for fertilizer and soil additives. For more information go to or call 612-615-3101. ��Some people still need to be convinced that it’s okay to allow their grass clippings to fall back on the lawn rather than bagging them each time they mow. In fact, it’s beneficial! As clippings decompose they recycle nutrients back to the soil where grass roots can make use of them. By letting clippings fall you can avoid one fertilizer application each year. Mow often enough so you only remove an inch to inch and a half each time. ��Early May is a good time to plant grass seed, but roughing up the soil will expose crabgrass and other weed seeds that will sprout happily, right along with your new grass. To avoid most annual weed seeds, apply a specially formulated version of pre-emergence herbicide right after seeding. The label must state clearly that it is meant for newly seeded lawns; otherwise it will kill grass seeds, too. ��Minnesota-hardy azaleas in the “Lights” series grow very well here. With over 10-12 to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect color for your landscape. Azaleas all require acidic soil, so have your soil tested before planting them. Then acidify it by incorporating sulfur and lots of peat moss. Fertilize your new azaleas with a product meant specifically for acid-loving plants.

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McLeod County Food Awareness ON MARCH 10, McLeod County Farm Bureau board members assisted at the McLeod County Emergency Food Shelf to help fill orders and assist with projects throughout the building to commemorate Food Awareness. Pictured from le� to right are Clinton Mellies, Lennie Albers – McLeod Emergency Food Shelf execu�ve director, Chantel Robb – Hutchinson site manager, Laine Lewin, Donald Albrecht and Dean Duesterhoe�.

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Martin County Food Awareness ON FEBRUARY 24, Mar�n County Farm Bureau hosted a farmers share breakfast at the HyVee in Fairmont, providing an opportunity for local farmers to talk with community members about their food. Pictured le� to right are Rochelle �rusemark and Curt �uehl.

Farm Bureau Recognizes Earth Day

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) encourages everyone to recognize every “Being a “We have planted day as Earth Day. responsible steward several thousand trees to “In agriculture, every day of the resources we serve as a living windbreak is Earth Day. April 22 is have and caring for the the day where we and snow fence, shelter the environment takes emphasize the importance ca�le, improve air quality and to planning and diligence.” provide wildlife habitat. Our family of our natural resources and share agriculture’s Nathan Nelson enjoys seeing the variety of story,” said MFBF President Pine County farmer wildlife as we work our land Kevin Paap. “As farmers, we and work with our ca�le.” pride ourselves in caring for our Pete Bakken water, air, land and its “We u�li�e technology resources. Conserving Rock County farmer in many ways to protect our and protecting the earth for your water. With computers and GPS children and ours equipment in the tractor, we can is our top eliminate over applica�on of seed, fer�li�er “We are priority.” and pes�cides. We now have a custom plan for constantly “Farmers are every acre of our farm. We use drones with improving our involved in infrared cameras to get a much closer look at plant numerous farming methods to health throughout the field so we can use the conservation correct amount of plant food. We try to “spoon be the best efforts with feed” the crops as much as possible to give stewards of the land the goal of them just the right amount of plant food and water on our farm. protecting the at the right �me. We have embraced environment, We are proud new seed technology which has water and of our farm where we helped develop plants that need less providing habitat water to stay healthy and produc�ve.” strive to be for wildlife," said Jonathon Guentzel the best stewards of Paap. “Seeking LeSueur County farmer continuous improvement our land and water, using today’s technology and provide an is top of mind for today’s opportunity for farmers and ranchers in the next order to preserve the environment for future generations.” genera�on to “Today’s farmers produce food, fiber, feed and renewable fuel using tools such as global positioning satellites and biotechnology,” enjoy the land said Paap. “Minnesota Farm Bureau is proud of the dedication and and water.” hard work of our farmer and rancher members who care for our Joan Lee natural resources while producing a quality, safe food supply.”

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THE MFBF YF&R Commi�ee had their winter planning mee�ng at the MFBF o�ce on March �-�. The commi�ee evaluated the progress of their goals and planned the remainder of the year.

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Le Sueur County Food Awareness

LE SUEUR COUNTY Farm Bureau members Angela Guentzel, le�, and Jerry Beckel, right, discussed farming and food with shoppers at HyVee in Mankato on February 27 as part of the store’s “Meet Your Farmer” event. Pictured le� to right are Angela Guentzel and Jerry Beckel.

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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. Highlights Include: H�American Farm Bureau Federa�on �AFBF� key legisla�ve issues brie�ng H�Visits with Minnesota Congressional delega�on, government o�cials and AFBF sta� H�An embassy visit H�Mee�ngs with outside agricultural organiza�ons H�Tour the famous landmarks of historic Washington, D.C. Cost: $1,065 per individual based on double occupancy, single occupancy trip is $1,725. Price includes: airfare, bus transfers, four nights hotel and one group dinner. Registra�on: 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. Grants Available: The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa�on �MFBF) is o�ering 10 � $�00 grants �one per county) for the Farmers to Washington, D.C. trip. A registra�on form and $50 deposit must be the submi�ed to MFBF to be eligible for the grant. Grants are distributed on a first come first serve basis. Check with your county Farm Bureau for sponsorship opportuni�es. Register by contac�ng Michelle DeGeest at 651-768-2151 or michelle.degeest��

With over 60 farmers ready to share their farm stories, we need your help to identify leads for audiences to hear from our farmers in our Farming Today (Speak for Yourself) program. Audiences have said: “It’s (farming) more sustainable and environmentally friendly than I had thought and that the news says it is.” —Faribault high schooler “GMOs are not as controversial as the media would have us believe.”—Minneapolis presentation If you are interested in having a farmer share their story of farming in a local service organization, your mom’s group, at your work, in your high school classroom or local church contact Barbara Dodson, Farming Today scheduler at 800-711-0747, ext. 222 or Do you know someone... ��In a service organization (Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, etc.)? ��In a Moms or MOPS group?

��Who is a Family and Consumer Science (FACS) or agriculture teacher? ��At a food manufacturing company? ��An agribusiness with employees not from a farm? ��In other groups that would be interested in or benefit from hearing from a farmer? The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Speak for Yourself program is made possible by generous partnership with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Minnesota’s Farm Credit organizations including AgStar Financial Services, United FCS, AgCountry and AgriBank, Minnesota Beef Council, CHS and Riverview LLP. Speak for Yourself is the internal name for the program. The external name is Farming Today. For additional information on Speak for Yourself contact Marytina Lawrence, MFB Speak for Yourself coordinator at 763-273-6981 or or go to to learn more.


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CHISAGO COUNTY FARM Bureau members at the April 5 Day on the Hill are pictured, le� to right, Steve Kruse, Mike Taube, Jerril Andrews, Representa�ve Bob Barre� (R-Taylors Falls), Jason May and Glen Holmstrom.

Over 250 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota met with legislators on March 15 and April 5 during Farm Bureau Day on the Hill. These programs are held annually and are coordinated by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation. Among top issues Farm Bureau members focused on were changes to property taxes, clarification to the buffer law and transportation infrastructure legislation supporting rural roads and bridges.

FILLMORE, HOUSTON AND West O�er Tail County Farm Bureaus at the March 15 Day on the Hill are pictured, le� to right, Chuck Erickson, Craig Bengtson, Bruce Brenden, Phil Kresher, Norman Eickhoff, Jeff Eickhoff, Representa�ve Greg Davids (R-Preston), Arlyn Hustad, Cynthie Christensen, Steve Fruechte and Ma� Feldmeier.

SENATOR KEVIN DAHLE met with Farm Bureau members from Le Sueur, Rice and Sco� DOUGLAS, STEARNS AND Stevens County Farm Bureau Bureau members at the April 5 Day on the Hill are pictured, le� to right Ron Kuechle, Guy Koehl, Ron Branch, County Farm Bureaus during the March 15 Day on the Hill. Pictured le� to right are Angela Guentzel, Tim Zweber, Sara Hewi�, Brent Mohn, Erik Zweber, Senator Kevin Senator Torrey Westrom (R-Elbow Lake), Leondard Hinnenkamp and Mike Kuechle. Dahle (DFL – Northfield), Jerry Beckel, Randy Hanson, Jeremy Geske, Jeremy Hanson, Randy Rock and Pat Brown.

BECKER, NORMAN AND Wilkin County Farm Bureaus at the March 15 Day on the Hill pictured, le� to right, are Chad Larson, Doug Danielson, Senator Kent Eken (DFL-Twin Valley), Bruce Hein and Ray Johnson.

AT THE APRIL 5 Day on the Hill, Aitkin and Beltrami County Farm Bureaus met with Representa�ve John Persell. Pictured, le� to right, are Dylan Prince, Marlys Moe, Julie Prince, Darrel Binkley, Stan Kimmes, Andrea Hanson, Linda Binkley, Shianne Teas and Representa�ve John Persell (DFL – Bemid�i).














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Farm Bureau Leaders visit Park Elementary The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion & Education (P&E) Committee visited Park Elementary in Hutchinson on March 18 to share their Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) kit, “Apples, Apples, Applesâ€? and conducted activities to help students gain a better understanding of agriculture. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored classroom book donations and apples for the The purpose project, as of the well as, a MFBF P&E donation to the Commiďż˝ee is Hutchinson to assist in Library. developing The Farm agriculture Bureau leaders literacy highlighted programming, apples while engaging working with consumers students in and eight 4th grade promoďż˝ng classrooms. a posiďż˝ve The 60-minute image of presentation agriculture. began with MFBF P&E Committee members and county Farm Bureau leaders reading “How to Make an Apple Pie and See the Worldâ€? to the students followed by the students playing games that connected the items they used every day back to the farm. The “Apples, Apples, Applesâ€? AITC kit was provided to Farm Bureau leaders attending the MFBF Leadership Conference. Each year the kit focuses on different areas of Minnesota agriculture. A kit was then given to each classroom teacher at the conclusion of the activities. The committee held their quarterly March meeting in Hutchinson. Each year, one committee meeting is held in the chair’s district to learn more about that area of the state and to conduct an AITC activity. The committee toured

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Creating a school garden seems like a daunting task. Materials, money, man power . . . is a school garden worth all of that? Yes, yes it is. Research shows school gardens have a positive impact on student learning, health and nutrition. They teach good eating habits, science, math and business skills. They introduce students to new and healthy foods. School gardens get students moving and outside. It gives them something to look forward to!

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Why should you help? Why should you start a school garden? Seeing your students more engaged and healthier are two great reasons, but also getting out in the garden might make you happier too. Why wait? Let’s get growing! There is a lot of fun to be had with a school garden.

Is your administration struggling to understand how school gardens can be incorporated into classroom learning?

42 percent of districts surveyed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) say they participate in farm to school activities. Because of this, $789 million is invested in local communities and over 17,000 school salad bars offer healthy, homegrown options for students. has a PDF of National Science Standards and other learning standards that school gardens address – broken out by grade level.

How do you create a school garden?

Step One: Talk to your local Farm Bureau and Ag in the Classroom. They might be able to help you find funding, additional resources or point you in a direction that can help. They might have a program that can help you get a school garden running. Step Two: Find resources. • Get students excited and involved with the School Garden Ag Mag from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. This standards-aligned nonfiction reader is full of great ideas for themed gardens and supporting activities. Explore learning gardens around the world as your students dig in! (It is also available in Spanish.)

• offers a step by step process for starting a garden (including planning worksheets). • USDA Farm to School has resources for using gardens to grow healthy habits in cafeterias, classrooms and communities, including a PDF fact sheet offering information on using school garden produce in the cafeteria, gardens as a classroom, food safety in the school garden and funding a school garden. See more at

Source: American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

No space? No problem.

Gardens don’t have to be big. You can plant herbs in pots on a windowsill. You can plant vertical gardens with beans, peas or flowering vines. You can plant vegetables in a container. You can also use raised beds outside which take up less space. Garden books to inspire you and students! • Sylvia’s Spinach • Our School Garden

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Peterson Farm Brothers in Meeker County MEEKER COUNTY FARM Bureau hosted all three of the Peterson Farm Brothers, known for their YouTube farm parodies, on April 16 in Litchfield. Over 250 community members gathered to hear the brothers’ story about how to communicate about agriculture. Pictured are the Peterson Farm Brothers with the Meeker County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Back row, le� to right: Dan Dixon, Roger Malmquist, Kevin Floren, David Hendrickson and Levi Hendrickson. Front row, le� to right: Jerry Miller, Peterson Farm Brothers Nathan, Greg and Kendal Peterson and John Juusola.

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District II Meeting DISTRICT II HELD their district mee�ng on March 12 at the WOW Zone in Mankato. Members in a�endance discussed current legisla�ve issues, buffers and upcoming district events before an evening of bowling and networking. Crystal Valley Coopera�ve and C&B Opera�ons were sponsors of this event.

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District I YF&R Tour ON MARCH 12, 60 Young Farmers and Ranchers from Minnesota and Wisconsin toured a water buffalo farm, Chippewa Valley Bean and Leinenkugels Brewery.

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Kittson County Food Awareness

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Clay County Book Bundle Donation

North Country Food Bank met with the �i�son County Farm Bureau board to discuss hunger challenges in the county. The board learned about the different food programs that are going on and discussed ways to work together. The board then donated 4,000 meals for people in �i�son County and the Red River Valley. Pictured le� to right are Riley Maanum – MFBF northwest area program director, Susie Novak – North County Food Bank, Theresia Gillie and Paul Gatheridge.

CLAY COUNTY FARM Bureau sponsored and donated a bundle of 10 books for every elementary school in Clay County and to the Moorhead Public Library. The dona�ons were made during Na�onal Agriculture Week, March 14-18. Book bundles were presented to the Moorhead Public Library and the following schools: Barnesville Elementary, Dilworth Elementary, Ellen Hopkins Elementary (Moorhead), GlyndonFelton Elementary, Hawley Elementary, Park Chris�an (Moorhead), Probs�ield Center for Educa�on (Moorhead), Robert Asp Elementary (Moorhead), S.G. Reinertsen Elementary (Moorhead), St. Joseph's Catholic (Moorhead) and Ulen-Hi�erdal Elementary. Pictured, Clay County Farm Bureau board member Ray Johnson presented the book bundle to students at Glyndon-Felton elementary and Principal Shannon Dahlberg.

FAMILY SECURITY A Las��� L��a��� � ����s �� ��������� ��� �a���� �a�� “Coming up with a sound plan now will save a lot of headache and heartache for those who live on after you,” said Dave Specht, founder of Advising Generations and author of “The Farm Whisperer.” Specht works with farmers and ranchers to help them develop plans for passing their land and businesses on to the next generation. According to Specht, it’s critical to have the tough conversations now to preserve your farm for the future. He spoke to farmers and ranchers earlier this year at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 97th Annual Convention about important steps in estate planning and outlined key components for securing a farm legacy. 1. The Family Farm System Specht noted that it’s critical for farmers to map out the current operational structure of their farms. He suggests making a graph to categorize everyone who may be involved in the farm and the questions they may have about succession. 2. Contingency Plans Every farm should have clear ownership and management plans in place. “Surprises are only cool at birthdays and anniversaries,” said Specht. “They are not cool at funerals. They are not cool when someone becomes disabled. They are not cool when someone loses their health. We need to eliminate as many surprises in our plan as possible.” 3. Ask Inspired Questions Each generation needs to be ready and willing to ask questions that lead to a better understanding of their place on the farm and plans for the future. Knowing how sensitive this process can be, Specht created an app, “Inspired Questions for Farmers,” to help guide the discussion and place important questions at farmers’ fingertips. 4. Insist on Collaboration There will be many professionals involved with any plan to transfer assets. Having

them work together now will only benefit you. 5. Measure Perceptions, Manage Expectations Specht warned that it’s easy for families to get tripped up in this process, so he has focused his work on making tools that guide famers through each step. He created an online tool, “Generational Business 360,” that helps families evaluate their expectations and plans along the way, and tackle the tough issues that arise in the process. Wise planning all goes back to clear communication across generations of farming and ranching families Specht noted.

“You can’t ignore the tough questions just because they’re uncomfortable.” Family members need to actually sit down and talk through retirement and financial security. “If you haven’t talked about your retirement needs you’re going to have problems,” said Specht. “The next generation needs to know now what they should plan for.”

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Northwest Regional Food Awareness

NORTHWEST REGIONAL FARM Bureau held an event in March at the Roseau County Food Shelf in Roseau. They helped unload food for the Food Shelf and donated 3,000 meals for people in the Red River Valley including the coun�es that make up Northwest Regional - Roseau, Marshall and Pennington. Pictured le� to right are Riley Maanum – MFBF northwest area program director, Roger Amundson, Susie Novak – North Country Food Bank, Selvin “Buddy” Erickson and Mike Hagen.

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Wright County Food Awareness

LYON COUNTY FARM Bureau donated 14 agriculture book bundles to 10 local school districts in their county.

WRIGHT COUNTY FARM Bureau hosted their annual Food Awareness event at the Cub Foods in Bualo on February 29. The event is a contest between the area state legislators and county commissioners to see who can collect the most food in one minute of a shopping spree in the store. Wright County Farm Bureau donated over $1,400 to three area food shelves as part f the event.

         May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the month of May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenges all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day. Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and some types of cancer. Yet in Minnesota nearly 80% of people don’t get the recommended amount of physical activity. Get Moving: Easy Tips to Get Active! Take the ďŹ rst step. Start with walking! Why? It’s easy and it works! We’ve got the tools and resources to get you on the right path to a healthier lifestyle. It’s Easy • Walking is the simplest way to start and continue a ďŹ tness journey.

• Walking costs nothing to get started. • Walking is easy and safe. It Works • Walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart health beneďŹ ts. • Walking is one of the most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health. And walking isn’t your only option. Try these tips for increasing physical activity wherever you are. You may be surprised at all your opportunities to increase your physical activity every day. Consider carrying this list with you for one day. Check off the ways you notice that you could increase your physical activity. At Home It’s usually convenient, comfortable and safe to work out at home. It allows your children to see you being active, which sets a good example for them. You can combine exercise with other activities, such as watching TV. If you buy

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exercise equipment, it’s a onetime expense and other family members can use it. It’s easy to have short bouts of activity several times a day. Try these tips: • Do housework yourself instead of hiring someone else to do it. • Work in the garden or mow the grass. Using a riding mower doesn’t count! Rake leaves, prune, dig and pick up trash. • Go out for a short walk before breakfast, after dinner or both! Start with 5-10 minutes and work up to 30 minutes. • Walk or bike to the corner store instead of driving. • When walking, pick up the pace from leisurely to brisk. Choose a hilly route. When watching TV, sit up instead of lying on the sofa. Or stretch. Better yet, spend a few minutes pedaling on your stationary bicycle while watching TV. Throw away your video remote

control. Instead of asking someone to bring you a drink, get up off the couch and get it yourself. • Stand up while talking on the telephone. • Walk the dog. • Park farther away at the shopping mall and walk the extra distance. Wear your walking shoes and sneak in an extra lap or two around the mall. • Stretch to reach items in high places and squat or bend to look at items at oor level. • Keep exercise equipment repaired and use it! At Work Many of us have sedentary jobs, and work takes up a signiďŹ cant part of our day. What can you do to increase your physical activity during the work day? Why not... • Brainstorm project ideas with a coworker while taking a walk. • Create an exercise accountability partnership. • Walk during business calls when you don’t need to reference important documents. • Stand while talking on the telephone. • Walk down the hall to speak with someone rather than using the telephone. • Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Or get off a few oors early and take the stairs the rest

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of the way. • Walk while waiting for the plane at the airport. • Stay at hotels with ďŹ tness centers or swimming pools and use them while on business trips. • Take along a jump rope or a resistance band in your suitcase when you travel. Jump and do calisthenics in your hotel room. • Download some audio ďŹ tness coaching. • Participate in or start a recreation league at your company. • Form a sports team to raise money for charity events. • Join a ďŹ tness center or YMCA near your job. Work out before or after work to avoid rush-hour trafďŹ c, or drop by for a noon workout. • Schedule exercise time on your business calendar and treat it as any other important appointment. • Get off the bus a few blocks early and walk the rest of the way to work or home. • Walk around your building for a break during the work day or during lunch. • Some have mastered the art of typing while on a treadmill by securing the laptop to the base. Be creative! • Get a stand-up desk. At Play Play and recreation are important for good health. Look for opportunities such as these to be active and have fun at the same time: • Plan family outings and vacations that include physical activity (hiking, backpacking, swimming, etc.) • See the sights in new cities by walking, jogging or bicycling. • Make a date with a friend to enjoy your favorite physical activities. Do them regularly. • Play your favorite music while exercising; enjoy something that motivates you. • Dance with someone or by yourself. Take dancing lessons. Hit the dance oor on fast numbers instead of slow ones. • Join a recreational club that emphasizes physical activity. • At the beach, sit and watch the waves instead of lying at. Better yet, get up and walk, run or y a kite. • When golďŹ ng, walk instead of using a cart. • Play singles tennis or racquetball instead of doubles. • At a picnic, join in on badminton instead of croquet. • At the lake, rent a rowboat instead of a canoe. Source: American Heart Association


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AMBER HANSON • Associate Director of Public Policy

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STATE NEWS �n Thank You The second and final Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Day on the Hill session held in April was a success with another strong turnout of Farm Bureau members meeting with their elected representatives and addressing priority issues. Demonstrating the strength of Farm Bureau’s grassroots network, more than 100 Farm Bureau members and their guests attended. Combined with the strong first Day on the Hill in March, this year’s events accomplished the objectives of highlighting the critical issues that Minnesota farmers need to have the legislature resolve. Thank you to the Farm Bureau leaders and members who contribute their time to participate in the Day on the Hill activities. Thank you for the time spent traveling to and from St. Paul as well as the time spent in meetings with your elected representatives. n Farm Bureau on the Issues MFBF has testified in legislative hearings and met with legislators to advance our member-adopted policies. MFBF has focused on the following issue areas: corrections to the buffer law, relief for agricultural property taxes and promoting adequate funding for rural roads and bridges. MFBF continues to monitor legislation of interest to our members. n Buffers The legislative schedule has focused on corrections to the buffer law, passed in the 2015 Minnesota Legislature’s Special Session. Two proposals, SF 2503 and HF 3000 are companion proposals, which Minnesota Farm Bureau has strongly supported and have continued to advance through the legislative process. The Senate bill, SF 2503, is authored by Senator Rod Skoe (DFLClearbrook), and HF 3000 is authored by Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska.). Key components of the two bills involve clarification of what waterways will require the state mandated buffers, clearing up an unresolved question coming out of the language in the law adopted in 2015. Public waters will be identified on the buffer protection maps being created by the Department of Natural Resources on the basis of waters on the public waters inventory. Public drainage systems are those established under state drainage law 103E. Troublesome language, “within a benefited area,” that was embroiling private drainage

systems into the mix is proposed to be deleted from the law. The 2016 corrections of SF 2503 and HF 3000 also work to strengthen the role of local authorities in the oversight process. Farm Bureau policy embraces local control versus state agencies. Farm Bureau policy also puts an emphasis on “full consideration of alternative conservation methods.” Rather than taking a prescriptive approach of specifics beyond those practices included in the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Field Office Technical Guide or practices approved by the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). The legislation identifies practices, which “prevent overland flow to the water resources.” Those practices, which accomplish this outcome on an equivalent basis as a buffer strip, would meet the requirements of the law. n Property Tax Another legislative proposal, fitting Farm Bureau policy objectives is HF 3828 and offered by Representatives Paul Anderson (R-Starbuck) and Jeff Backer (R-Browns Valley). This legislation provides a property tax reduction for the land constituting a riparian buffer. To fit within the property that would be covered by this provision, the buffer area could not be enrolled in a conservation program that provides income for the landowner. The landowner would file an application with their local assessor and attest at least once every three years the buffer area has been maintained as required by the buffer law. The land would be eligible for a credit equal to 100 percent of the net taxes payable with the annual payment for these taxes coming from the clean water fund. Taking this approach would avoid the deletion of taxes from one area and requiring other properties to make up the difference. At this writing, the bill has been referred to the House Taxation Committee and could be brought forward through a tax package that is a work in progress. n Property Tax Relief for Agricultural Property Taxpayers The Minnesota House/Senate Conference Committee working on the unresolved tax conference report from the 2015 session is still the major focus for the greatest potential for delivering tax relief for agricultural property taxpayers where the impacts of school debt bonds are involved. Under the details of the proposal, a tax credit of one-half the annual

amount owed by agricultural properties to cover school district debt bonds would be paid by the state of Minnesota. This concept was included in the House Tax Bill from last session and incorporated in the Conference Committee just prior to the point when advancement of the tax bill process stalled out. Because the Conference Committee is still in operation, the intentions are to pick up where things left off when they start meeting again. Legislative hearings before the House Property Tax Division earlier this year provided a platform for Farm Bureau members to express their points through personal accounts of how the current agricultural property tax circumstances are unworkable. Minnesota Farm Bureau also testified in support of a tax study to evaluate alternative approaches to the present system of establishing agricultural values on market prices. HF 2260 is authored by Representative Ben Lien (DFLMoorhead). The study would evaluate setting agricultural property values on the basis of production. n BWSR Comprehensive Watershed Management Plan Minnesota Farm Bureau testified in opposition to SF 2563, a proposal seeking to have Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) put together a comprehensive watershed management plan for the Minnesota River basin with goals and strategies for the 13 major watersheds, which make up the Minnesota River basin. The proposed law would require this to be achieved by December 31, 2020 and takes a top-down approach contrary to Farm Bureau’s policy of how watershed planning should be completed. The bill is authored by Senator Kathy Sheran (DFLMankato). It was amended slightly following Farm Bureau’s testimony of opposition to the top-down planning approach as well as objections to hard-wiring membership of a local advisory committee to come from membership of a specific interest group intent on having their water planning objectives accomplished through the comprehensive planning system. Minnesota Farm Bureau remains opposed to the legislation and to this point nothing has surfaced on the House side to suggest that it would advance to completion. n Elk Management Minnesota Farm Bureau has also supported legislation dealing with increased accountability for elk management before increasing

elk populations. HF 3022 is authored by Representative Dan Fabian (R-Roseau). Under the provisions of the proposed law, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner would not be allowed to manage an elk herd in a manner which would increase the size of the herd or adopt/implement an elk management plan designed to increase an elk herd unless the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner verifies that crop and fence damages paid out by the MDA have not increased for at least two years. Prior to implementing a plan to increase an elk herd the two agency commissioners would need to hold a joint public meeting in the county where the elk herd is located, 60 days ahead of implementing a plan to increase an elk herd, to verify that the damages for crop and fences have not increased in the prior two years. During the meeting, there would also be reports on the practices, which will be used to reduce elk conflicts with area landowners. n Mowing of Road Ditches Farm Bureau is monitoring the discussion on the legislative proposals seeking stronger enforcement and penalties to existing law for mowing of road ditches. Farm Bureau policy on road ditch mowing/haying supports allowing the harvest of hay in state, county and township road ditches at the discretion of adjacent farmers. The organization’s policy also opposes any statewide ban on ditch mowing. The proposed legislation does not ban ditch mowing and would allow harvest of hay from road ditches. Legislative authors for the bills, Senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis) and Representative Denny McNamara (R-Hastings), seek to require a permit for mowing/haying and also put emphasis on the delay in cutting the entire ditch until after August 1. The bills do provide for earlier cutting and haying of the area next to the road, allowing as much as 15 feet to the width of a swath of the mowing equipment. Provisions also allow for cutting grass to the height of a lawn on either side of farm driveway, as spelled out in the Senate proposal up to 100 feet on either side of the driveway. Farm Bureaus primary focus has been to insure that landowners who own the right of ways for various roads – mostly local and county roads, but also some stretches of state highways – have their property rights protected. This would

include recognition that such owners, who actually own the forage on their road right of way property, to continue to harvest their hay as they see fit, whenever they determine. Promoted as part of DNR’s wildlife habitat in general and specific to the state’s new pheasant plan, roadside ditches are the next effort for the agency to seek control of. This is also being pursued under the appearance of protecting and enhancing pollinator habitat. At this writing, the House version of the legislation has been put on hold with the idea that unresolved details and differences with stakeholders, including Farm Bureau’s insistence to clearly protect property rights, have been worked through. A working group will likely continue to explore options for the next legislative session.

NATIONAL NEWS n Normalization of Trade with Cuba Minnesota’s Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representatives Tom Emmer and Rick Nolan joined President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in a historic trip to Cuba in March. President Obama was the first sitting president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. In 2015, diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored and several regulations limiting U.S. economic activity with Cuba, including some agricultural financing restrictions on Cuba trade, were removed. However, the embargo can only be repealed by Congressional action. Klobuchar is leading the bipartisan Freedom to Export to Cuba Act—which currently has 23 Senate cosponsors. The bill lifts the current embargo and allows more U.S. goods to be exported to Cuba. Emmer is leading the Cuba Trade Act of 2015. This legislation would lift the trade embargo between the United States and Cuba that has been in effect since 1960. This bill would allow for American companies to freely trade with Cuba without any taxpayer risk or exposure. Emmer is also a cochair of the Cuba Working Group in the U.S. House. Farm Bureau policy supports normalization of trade and travel relations with Cuba. n�Trans-Pacific Partnership The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will tear down trade barriers and help level the playing field for U.S. agricultural exports to 11 nations across the Pacific Rim. Ratifying



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Brown County Food Awareness

FOR A TEACHER inservice and training day, Steele County Farm Bureau hosted 50 Blooming Prairie teachers at the Toquam and Krell Family Farms to expose the teachers to agriculture and provide classroom resources on pigs, beef, corn, soybeans, ethanol, an�bio�cs, soil and conserva�on.

BROWN COUNTY FARM Bureau made dona�ons to the New Ulm Food Shelf, Spring�eld Area Food Shelf, and Sleepy Eye Area Food Shelf for Food Awareness. Pictured le� to right are Todd Miller – Minnesota Turkey Growers Associa�on, Amber Portner – Christensen Farms, Josie Rose – Sleepy Eye Food Shelf Director, Greg Bartz – Brown County Farm Bureau, Andy Cook – Brown County Pork Producers and Schwartz Farms, and Jim Peterson – Brown County Corn and Soybean Growers Associa�on.

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Triton High School Ag Panel SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA FARM Bureau members visited a Triton High School agriculture class to discuss career possibili�es in agriculture. Pictured are Farm Bureau members Jeff Pagel, Pete Henslin, Sara Hewi�, Anthony Reese, Janet Kubat and Jeff Tank.

t CORNER FROM 15A TPP will boost annual net farm income in the United States by $4.4 billion, compared to not approving the pact, according to an economic analysis conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). “TPP will mean a boat-load of expanded exports and increased demand for America’s agricultural products,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Clearly, America’s farmers and ranchers have much to gain from

approval of TPP, and we support its ratification. American agriculture is a growth industry, and to continue that trend, we must expand our market opportunities.” Not approving the trade deal would have adverse effects, too. “While our farmers and ranchers have a lot to gain with passage, the consequences of not approving the deal would be harmful,” said Duvall. “Every day we delay means lost markets as other TPP countries implement the deal’s advantages

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LINCOLN COUNTY FARM Bureau hosted 96 third and fourth grade students from Lake Benton Elementary at eight different agriculture learning sessions on March 30. with each other. We are already arriving at the party late because, right now, expanded trade due to TPP is going on across the Pacific Rim – just without us.” While procedural steps along the way will take time, “The sooner TPP is ratified, the better it will be for American agriculture,” said Duvall. AFBF’s analysis forecasts farm-price increases for corn (5 cents per bushel), soybeans (12 cents per bushel), wheat (2 cents per bushel) and rice (16 cents per hundredweight). While cotton prices are not projected to change, cash receipts are projected to increase by $21 million. AFBF also predicts price increases for beef ($2.66 per hundredweight), pork ($2.45 per hundredweight) and poultry

($1.40 per hundredweight). In the dairy sector, prices will increase for butter ($2.81 per hundredweight), cheese ($1.68 per hundredweight), nonfat dry milk ($1.29 per hundredweight) and all milk (21 cents per hundredweight). Net trade is expected to increase for rice, cotton, beef, pork, poultry, butter, cheese, soybeans and products and nonfat dry milk, according to AFBF’s analysis. While the analysis projects that the net trade for corn will decline by 45.3 million bushels, overall demand and use for corn is forecast to increase by 54.2 million bushels. Corn revenues are expected to rise by $680 million per year and prices are projected to rise by 5 cents per bushel, due to higher domestic feed use from additional beef

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and pork exports created by TPP. The agreement has been approved by negotiators from the 12 TPP nations. The U.S. International Trade Commission is preparing an official analysis for the administration, which will formally ask Congress to ratify the deal. The full analysis, as well as a Minnesota specific fact sheet can be found at House Passes Bill to Delist the Gray Wolf In late February, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, by a vote of 242 to 161. This bill, which was introduced to promote hunting, fishing and shooting on federal lands, was amended to include language, which would delist the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act in Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming and preempt federal court decisions on those protections. Minnesota Farm Bureau strongly supported this amendment and extends a thank you to Representatives Walz, Kline, Paulsen, Emmer, Peterson, and Nolan for their support of this legislation. Attention now turns to the United States Senate as they continue to work on similar legislation that also includes a provision to delist the gray wolf.



Refine, Adapt, Set and Accomplish Goals What an exciting time to be a Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R)! With representation from four college campuses and universities, the growth of our Collegiate Discussion Meet over the past year was a big success and achieved one of the goals that we set as a state committee. Another tremendous success was witnessing our second Excellence in Agriculture winner, Mike Miron, take home the grand prize as murmurs of “back to back” sounded from the gleeful Minnesota section of the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention. Using the momentum of success, our committee refined and honed our goals for 2016 as we seek continued growth and outreach on our college campuses, and increased participants in all our YF&R contests. Just as we built on success to create new goals, I believe the same method can be adapted and applied to our farms as we embark upon another growing season. 2015 proved to be a challenging year for Minnesota agriculture, continuing a downtrend in net farm income and crop and livestock prices. Unfortunately, the trend looks to remain in place albeit unforeseen events altering its trajectory. But many of us do not have to look back far to find some of the greatest successes in our farming careers. A little more than a year has gone by since cattle reached all-time highs. Corn and soybeans achieved theirs a few years prior; and even milk prices had a short spurt into profitable levels not too long ago as well. But what was successful during those times may not be in the current environment. As a result, I propose three areas of success that can be refined and adapted to set goals for the upcoming year. 1. Marketing. No, I am not going to attempt to give marketing advice. But, young and old farmers alike can’t ignore the impact it has on our farms. What worked in an environment of high prices may not work in an era of low prices. Often doing nothing seemed to be the best approach, turning marketing into an afterthought. But it might be time to be proactive, or to use tools and

Hometown: Chandler Educa�on: I graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Ci�es with a �achelor’s degree in agricultural educa�on. Farm Descri��on: I farm by Chandler and Edgerton with the help of my father, Glen. I raise oats, alfalfa, corn, soybeans and cover crops along with a cow/calf beef herd, finishing ca�le, hogs, sheep and bees. Innova�ve Farming �ethods: I have been experimen�ng with different seeding methods for cover crops to extend the grazing season for my ca�le as well as improve soil health and fer�lity. JOEL TALSMA So far the best results have been MFBF YF&R broadcas�ng the seed into COMMITTEE MEMBER standing corn. I have also begun direct marke�ng a small herd of grass-finished beef. Hobbies: I like to travel, read, play games and host couch surfers. Why did you get involved in YF&R: I was excited to meet and work with young leaders in agriculture from across the state as well as learn about different farming methods and ideas being implemented on members’ farms. 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 Dodge County; August 25-September 5 – Minnesota State Fair volunteer to work in our booth. strategies that we haven’t tried for a while. Although hard to palate, good marketing may also involve minimizing losses. Reflect upon what was successful in the past and be willing to modify it as necessary going forward. 2. Diversification. In past years, both crop and livestock diversity seemed to fall out of favor as specialization in one particular sector or commodity gave a competitive advantage. Specialization is a successful approach, especially in an environment of high input prices and high land costs. But I would encourage farmers to revisit the idea of diversity as they seek to develop goals for the upcoming years. Diversification in both crops and livestock helps weather economic storms that can drag one sector or commodity into turmoil, helping working capital during unprofitable times. Diversification can also help lower input costs as each component helps support the

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as the demand! Whether it is organic, free range, grass-fed, locally grown or heritage breeds only. If you can think of a way to grow or raise it, there is probably a market for it that fits your farm. These segments seem to scare many in agriculture, but I think they should be considered as part of the whole and a viable option on our farms. There are opportunities in these markets that do not erect some of the traditional barriers to start farming. They also can help young people return to rural communities and can be highly profitable at the same time. As we build goals for our farms, think constructively about unconventional approaches. Though they may not have worked in the past, such an approach may have a place in the future. It is an exciting time to be a Young Farmer and Rancher! Not only because of the success of our past accomplishments, but because of the goals we have yet to achieve. Whether it is within Farm Bureau or at home on our farms, let us build on our success to accomplish the goals we set for the future.

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PROMOTION & EDUCATION Find Your Passion in P&E

Many of you who have progressed out of the Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) program or joined Farm Bureau later in life may wonder, “What exactly is Promotion and Education or P&E?” Agriculture in the Classroom Promotion and Education is just that; we promote Farm Bureau and all things agriculture while also educating our peers and consumers. This involves everything from Agriculture in the Classroom

(AITC) to Breakfast on the Farm to consumer outreach events at local grocery stores. If your passion is teaching agriculture to Kindergarten through 5th grade, AITC events would be a great fit for you. Sue Knott with Minnesota AITC is a great asset and resource. She is always there to lend a helping hand whether it is a question on a topic to finding schools that would like to have a farmer in their classroom. Sue can be reached at

Breakfast on the Farm Breakfast on the Farm is an opportunity for counties to bring families, kids, consumers and elected and appointed officials to the farm to learn first-hand about agriculture, farming and Farm Bureau. This is a great way to start conversations with people who may not have access to a farm, teach about agriculture, clear up any misconceptions and foster great relationships through conversations over a meal. I’ve seen firsthand how well this type of an event can be a positive outcome for all involved. What a great way to engage with consumers! Consumer Outreach Consumer outreach can also be done through grocery store events. These events start by finding a grocery store interested in hosting farmers willing to visit with consumers about how they grow their food. Plan to have these events during popular grocery shopping times. Things to bring along for the event range from Farm Bureau brochures and commodity organization recipes/brochures; giveaway items with the Farm Bureau logo such as pens, pencils, cooler bags and spatulas; and commodity organization activity books, stickers, etc. This project can lead to very good conversations over the different foods found at the grocery store, and how you raise safe food for their families. The shoppers are generally receptive to hear about your farm and what you produce.



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Leadership Development As members of Farm Bureau, we are all leaders. Either through membership or as a county board member, you lead by example and with your voice. Each year at the end of January/beginning of February, the state P&E and YF&R Committees hold the Minnesota Farm Bureau Leadership Conference. The conference is such an exciting time to learn about “leading” and how to share your story. There are many different breakout sessions throughout the conference, tours of local businesses, and great times to

Hometown: Randolph Wife: Karla Educa�on: South Dakota State University with a major in animal science and minors in agricultural business, agricultural marke�ng and business Farm Descrip�on: We raise broiler chickens, sheep and many other animals. In addi�on, I am the o�ce assistant for Brown and Le Sueur County Farm Bureaus. Hobbies: Gardening, Brian Randolph volunteering for FFA and 4-H, State P&E �ommi�ee �ember listening to music, sports Why did you get involved with P&E? I got involved with Promo�on � �duca�on because I enjoy sharing what we do as farmers, talking with consumers and kids about agriculture and mee�ng new people. Dates to Remember: July 22 – Summer Leadership Tour, Dodge County; August 2-4 – Farmfest; August 25 - September 5 – Minnesota State Fair volunteer to work in our booth; November 18-19 – MFBF Annual Mee�ng

meet new people from around the state. Anyone can come to this conference: members, people interested in becoming a member to county leaders. If you want to learn how to grow your leadership skills, put this conference on your calendar, February 3-4, 2017 in Bemidji! If you’re unable to make it there, look for opportunities to share your passion about agriculture in your counties and districts. In Closing Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture (AFBF) have many resources for you. If you have any ideas for P&E events or questions, contact me at To learn more about MFBF’s resources contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or, or learn more about AFBF resources at Find your passion, whether in the classroom, on the farm or at the Leadership Conference. There is a place for you in

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• 1 (4-pound) whole chicken • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil • 2 Tablespoons salt • 1 teaspoon black pepper • 3 Tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub • 1 can beer Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Rub chicken lightly with oil, then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and dry rub. Set aside. Take a 1/2 can of beer, place can on a solid surface. Grabbing a chicken leg in each hand, place the bird cavity over the beer can. Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod. Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on directly under the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately 1 1/4 hours or un�l the internal temperature registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the breast area and 180 degrees Fahrenheit in the thigh, or un�l the thigh juice runs clear when cut with a sharp knife. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

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(193) Auctions GRAIN ELEVATOR WRITTEN BID AUCTION: Central Grain, Sauk Centre, MN. 1.9 million bushel storage: 545,000 bushels under roof and 1.4 million bushels on asphalt or Ag lime pads. Sealed bids accepted until July 27, 2016. Top bidders invited to oral auction Aug. 2, 2016. Lindsey Brown at 701-371-5538,, Pifer’s Auction and Realty

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(172) Farm Land Land For Sale Call for Confidential Listings – quality cropland, solid returns.160 acres. Farm Land Dickey Co, ND $3500/ac 1258 acres. Farm Land, McClusky, ND. $1500/ac 220 acres & 120 acres. Clay County, MN $2200/ac 450,000bu Grain Storage. Atwater, MN $225,000 283 acres. CRP, Eddy County ND. CRP, $1250/ac. 318 acres Crop & pasture Bureigh Co, ND $1300/ac Steve Link, Broker, Pifer’s Auction & Realty 701.361.9985 877.700.4099

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HOTEL n�Choice Hotels Save 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�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 manufacturers incentive discount to Farm Bureau members. Members will receive $200 off all *full size all-terrain vehicles (ATV), $300 off all *full size utility and sport vehicles (UTV), and $300 off all *GEM electric vehicles. (*Discount does not apply to any general or youth models.) Must be a member for at least 30 days and provide valid Polaris authorization certificate obtained at n�AAA Farm Bureau members receive up to a 20% discount off AAA membership, applies to new and renewal. Waiver of $10 enrollment fee for new members. For more information on this exclusive program, contact AAA at 800-677-2227 during business hours. Be sure to mention that you are a Farm Bureau member and refer to Group #M875. n�Avis Car Rental Save up to 25% on daily, weekend and weekly rates. For information and reservations, call 800-422-3809 or log onto Mention your Avis worldwide discount number: Minnesota Farm Bureau, A298823.

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

2B • MAY 2016 • VOICE OF AGRICULTURE • starts in New London and winds through the countryside ending in New Brighton. Along the way, drivers and passengers pass through ďŹ ve communiďż˝es where food, friendship and fun are everywhere.

When: Saturday, August 13 (pre-run trials take place earlier in the week) Place: New London to New Brighton�� The New London to New Brighton An��ue Car Run began in 1987. This run celebrates the repealing of an old “red agâ€? law. This law banned the ďŹ rst motorized vehicles from using the road unless a

man carrying a red ag walked in front of the car to warn carriage drivers to hold the reins of their animals. Drivers celebrated the law being repealed by jumping into their automobiles and driving to Brighton and thus the run was born. The New London to New Brighton An��ue Car Run is a 120 mile tour of the Minnesota countryside. It

This tour is to celebrate and demonstrate the endurance of classic cars. Drivers take their ďż˝me and oďż˝en stop along the way to “tweakâ€? engines. The goal of this race is for everyone to cross the ďŹ nish line and to have fun. All vehicles from 1908 or earlier, or any one or two cylinder vehicles up to 1915 are welcome, including bikes, motorcycles and steam and electric cars. Anyone who wishes to simply come out and admire these classic cars are welcome to cheer the drivers along!

When: September 16-18 Place: Bayfront Park, Duluth One of the most popular fes�vals in Duluth, the Duluth �ot Air Balloon Fes�val takes place over three days in September. It begins with the opening ceremonies of the hot air balloons being inate. Ac�vi�es at this event center around the free hot air balloon rides but also include a cra� brew village and a 5K color run. Na�onal Aeronau�c and Space Administra�on (NASA) and the Na�onal �eather Service will be there giving educa�onal seminars. There will also be food and music, along with ac�vi�es for children, including a chance to y kites. events.html Valleyfair features more than 75 rides and attractions including eight thrilling rollercoasters, the family-friendly Route 76, dazzling live entertainment, Planet Snoopy, Dinosaurs Alive! and the newly expanded Soak City Waterpark. Valleyfair will mark its 40th anniversary in 2016 with a seasonlong celebration that includes the return of an original park ride, a new entertainment venue and a look back at four decades of memories! Valleyfair opens for the 2016 season on Friday, May 13. Soak City Waterpark will open on Saturday, May 28. Valleyfair discounted tickets are now available online through

the Minnesota Farm Bureau website. Log onto, click on Membership and click on Membership BeneďŹ ts. Click on Family Entertainment. Scroll down to Valleyfair. To order tickets using your credit card, click on the link. Enter in the Valleyfair username (MNFARM) and password (MNFARM) assigned to Farm Bureau. First time user? You will need to create a login to gain access to the “members onlyâ€? information and to the order form or link to order tickets online.


ONLINE TICKETS Good Any Day: $31.14 (Gate price $55.84 -Adult, ages 3-61, 48� or taller in shoes) Ride & Refresh: $38.66 (includes unlimited drink wristband, not available at the gate, special promo only) Junior/Senior: $31.14 (Gate price $36.51 - Ages 3-61, under 48� tall in shoes or age 62 or older. Ages 2 and under free. Includes Dinosaurs Alive admission!) Dinosaurs Alive: $2.68 with adult park admission (Gate price $5.37) Parking Voucher: $12 (Gate price $15)          

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Hard Copy Tickets Can be ordered through Minnesota Farm Bureau (pay with check or cash only) Good Any Day: $32.21 (Adult, ages 3-61, 48� or taller in shoes) Ride & Refresh: $39.73 (includes unlimited drink wristband, not available at the gate, special promo only)

age 62 or older. Ages 2 and under free. Includes Dinosaurs Alive admission.) Dinosaurs Alive: $2.68 with adult park admission (Gate price $5.37) Parking Voucher: $12 (Gate price $15)

Tickets may be purchased during business hours, 8 a.m. - 4.p.m. Please call ahead. 651-768-2114.

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Mail payment and completed form to: Minnesota Farm Bureau A�n: Judy Pilcher P.O. Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164

Minnesota’s oldest state park, Itasca State Park, is turning 125 years old this year! Itasca State Park was established on April 20, 1891 to preserve the old growth pine trees that were in danger of being logged. Since 1891, Minnesota has added 74 more state parks and recrea�on areas, 25 mul�use state trails, 34 state water trails and more. In honor of this anniversary, the Department of Natural Resources is holding special events across the state, one of which includes the 125 Miles by Bike, Boot or Boat challenge. Other events include nature walks, interac�ve tours and educa�onal ac�vi�es. Several of these repeat weekly or monthly. Check with your local state park or the Department of Natural Resource’s website for ac�vi�es near you.

See page 20A for MFB Travel Benefits!


Clay County Breakfast on the Farm Date: June 4 Time: 7 a.m.-Noon Location: David and Joanne Herbranson Farm, 12402 260th St. S, Hawley Directions: 11 miles south of Hawley on Co. Hwy 31. Follow signs, road will be marked. Cost: Free will offering Menu: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs Activities: Barrel-train rides, horse drawn wagon rides, new and old farm equipment display, milk drinking contest, farm safety display, horticultural information, biodiesel/ethanol information, farm animal zoo, door prizes and more. Contact: or 218-483-3331 Sponsored by: Hawley Lions, Clay County Farm Bureau and many more


Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm Date: June 4 Time: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Location: Janski Farms, St. Augusta Cost – Adults: $5 Cost – Children: 5 and under free Activities: Exhibits and activities, farm animal petting zoo, farm tour Parking: Please park at 4101 Clearwater Road, St. Cloud and a free shuttle bus will take you to the dairy farm. Contact: Sponsored by: AgStar Financial Services, American Foods Group, Central Minnesota Credit Union, Centra Sota, Leedstone, Land O’Lakes, Melrose Dairy Proteins, Stearns County Farm Bureau, Stearns County American Dairy Association, Stearns Electric Association, Vita Plus, Zoetis and more


Waseca County Taste of the Farm Date: June 7 Time: 5-8 p.m. Location: Harguth Farm, 3 miles south of Waseca on State Hwy 13 Cost: Free Menu: Hamburgers, chips, ice cream, popcorn

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Activities: Kids petting zoo, farm equipment, farm tours, music Contact: Sue Harguth, 507-461-2538 Sponsored by: Waseca Ag Chamber and many area businesses

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Dodge County Dinner with a Farmer Date: June 16 Time: 5-7 p.m. Location: North Park, Kasson Cost: $5 Menu: Burgers, chips, salad, cookies, water Activities: Farm equipment, kids’ activities, farm animals, Ask a Farmer a question. At 7:30 p.m., head over to the Kasson Theater for a FREE showing of the Farmland film with popcorn. Contact: Mary Jo Schoenfeld, 507-455-0745 Sponsored by: Dodge County agriculture organizations and Erdman’s Grocery Store


Goodhue County Breakfast on the Farm Date: June 17 Time: 7-11 a.m. Location: Brad, Denise, Brady and Alyse Voth Farm, 22695 Co 9 Blvd, Goodhue Cost: Free Menu: Breakfast meal Activities: Farm tours, petting zoo, kids’ activities, tub train rides for kids, tractor display Contact: Christian Schmipf, 651-380-8293 Sponsored by: Goodhue County Dairy Farmers and KCUE Radio-Red Wing Kanabec-Isanti County Breakfast on the Farm Date: June 18 Time: 7-11 a.m. Location: Haubenschild Farms, 35050 Nacre Street NW, Princeton Directions: From Cambridge, 10 miles west on Hwy 95. From Princeton, 6.5 miles east on Hwy 95. From Hwy 47, 3 miles west on Hwy 95. 1 mile north of Hwy 95 on Nacre Street. Follow signs. Cost – Adults: $3 Cost – Children: 3 and under free Menu: Pancakes, sausage,

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Activities: Tours, petting zoo, activities by 4-H and FFA, interactive computer games, local dairy princesses, exhibits by local ag businesses and organizations Contact: 320-679-1012 or Sponsored by: KanabecIsanti County Farm Bureau, local businesses and agriculture commodity groups Mower County Breakfast on the Farm Date: June 18 Time: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Location: Gene Anderson Farm, 30111 620th Ave, Waltham Cost – Adults: $3 (Family Rate $12) Cost – Children: 6 and under FREE Menu: Chris Cakes pancakes, sausage, milk, juice and coffee Activities: Farm tours, scavenger hunt, horse drawn wagon rides, educational agriculture displays, milk “Star” the cow Contact: Virginia Bissen, 507-582-3518 or Mary Jo Schoenfeld, 507-455-0745 Sponsored by: Mower County Farm Bureau Watonwan County Breakfast on the Farm Date: June 18 Time: 8-11 a.m. Location: Eischen & Sons Farm, 26785 620th Ave Comfrey Directions: 3.25 miles north of Darfur on County Road 4 Cost: Free Menu: Pancakes, smokies, rolls, coffee, juice, milk Activities: Animals, bouncy barn, 4-H projects Parking: Available on site Contact: Scott and Samantha Runge, or Watonwan County Farm Bureau on Facebook Sponsored by: Watonwan County Farm Bureau Wright County Breakfast on the Farm Date: June 18 Time: 7 a.m.-Noon Location: Goldview Farms, Waverly Cost – Adults: $5 Cost – Children: 5 and under free

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on the Farm Date: June 22 Time: 4-8 p.m. Location: Bruce and Jodi Heim Farm, 11617 Hwy 14 E, St. Charles Cost: Free event, charge for meal Menu: Brats, hot dogs, chips, beans, root beer float, cheese stick Activities: Farm machine display, games, petting zoo, train wagon, band Parking: Limited on site, shuttle buses also available Contact: Winona Chamber of Commerce, 507-452-2272 or Sponsored by: Winona Chamber of Commerce and AgStar Financial Services

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on the Farm Date: June 24 Time: 4-8:30 p.m. Location: Jary and Celene Holst Farm, 20514 590th Street, Kellogg Cost: $5 Menu: Pork sandwich, corn, apple, chips, milk and ice cream Activities: Petting zoo, kids games, parlor tour, milking demonstration, old tractors, history display Parking: Busing from SEMA in Plainview is available with buses every 30 minutes. Parking and busing will also be available from Kellogg. Contact: Katie Brown, 507-951-2951 Sponsored by: Wabasha

Tamarac Resort & Campground LLC

Cabins/Short Stay/New Lodge FREE WATER TOYS Clean & Clear 1100 acre lake Fishermen/Hunters NEW Cabin sleeps 12

Centrally Located: Detroit Lake, Park Rapids, Itasca Park

1-800-611-8258 (VALU)


Olmsted County Breakfast n on the Farm Date: June 25 Time: 6:30-11:30 a.m. n Location: Keith and Kristine Knutson Dairy Farm, 49273 n 170th Ave, Pine Island Cost – Adults: $7 n Cost – Children: Age 5-13 $4, 5 and under free n Menu: All you can eat pancakes, sausage, cheese, n milk, orange juice and coffee Activities: Petting zoo, horse pulled wagon rides, agriculture n displays and exhibits Parking: Shuttle bus will be n available Contact: Ken Levos, n 507-696-4013 Sponsored by: Many area n businesses

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on the Farm Date: June 25 n Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Duschee Hills n Dairy, the Taylor and Troendle families, Lanesboro n Cost: Free will donation Menu: Cheeseburgers, potato n salad, chips, milk and ice cream Activities: Children’s activities including bounce n houses and educational displays Contact: Michael Johnson, n 507-421-3967

n Steele County Breakfast on the Farm

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Time: 8 a.m.-Noon

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Farm, 10204 S Country Road n 45, Owatonna Menu: Pancakes Activities: Barn tours, petting n zoo Contact: Gail Demmer, n 507-456-5201 Sponsored by: Steele County n American Dairy Association




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CONTINUED FROM 3B Beltrami County Breakfast on the Farm Date: June 26 Time: 8:30 a.m.-Noon Location: Beltrami County Fairgrounds Cost – Adults: $5 Cost – Children: 11 and under are free Activities: Kids activities, wagon rides and more Parking: Available at the fairgrounds Contacts: Stan Kimmes, 218-751-5900; Linda Binkley, 218-760-8014; or Renae Swanson, Sponsored by: Beltrami County Farm Bureau

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Cottonwood County Ag Awareness Promotion Night Date: July 19 Time: 5:30-9 p.m. Location: Cottonwood County Fairgrounds, Windom Cost: Free Activities: Farmland movie, children’s activities, food Parking: At the fairgrounds Contact: Matthew Adrian, 507-301-4098 or Mike Wojahn, 507-822-1100 Sponsored by: Cottonwood County Farm Bureau and Cottonwood County Corn and Soybean Growers


Rice County Breakfast at the Fair Date: July 20 Time: 7:30-9 a.m. Location: Rice County Fairgrounds Cost: Free Menu: Eggs, sausage, fruit, rolls Activities: In connection with the Rice County Fair and Ag Hall of Fame recognition Contact: Mary Jo Schoenfeld, 507-455-0745 Sponsored by: Rice County Farm Bureau


Nicollet County Breakfast on the Farm Date: July 23 Time: 7-10 a.m. Location: Johnson Hall, Nicollet County Fairgrounds, 400 West Union, St. Peter Costs: Free will offering Menu: Pancakes, sausage, eggs Activities: Agriculture displays and animals Parking: At the fairgrounds Contact: Garfield Eckberg, 507-327-3237 or or


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When: Saturday June 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Place: Lake Phalen, St. Paul

Location: Guentzel Family Farms, 32172 490th Street, Kasota Cost: Free Menu: Pancakes, eggs, sausage Activities: Farm tour, kids activities, equipment viewing Parking: Free at the farm Contact: Angela Guentzel, Sponsored by: Le Sueur County Farm Bureau, Blue Earth County Farm Bureau, WFS, Genesis, Crystal Valley, local 4-H groups, Corn and Soybean Grower Associations and Pork Producers Cass County Harvest Supper Date: August 27 Time: 5 p.m. social, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. entertainment Location: Sunup Ranch, east of Pillager 1 mile north on County 18 Directions: From Brainerd— 1 mile west on MN 210, 1 mile north on county 18 (Pine Beach Road). From Nisswa— south on MN 371 to south leg of Cass County 77, west 6 miles then south 2 miles on County 18. From Motley 13 miles east on MN 210, 1 mile north on County 18. Activities: Dinner, music, silent auction, horse drawn wagon rides, kids activities Contact: Sarah Kuschel, 218-587-4604 or Sponsored by: Cass County Farm Bureau


When: 1-4 pm August 20 Place: Fort Ridgely State Park, 72404 County Road 30, Fairfax Fort Ridgely lies a few miles northwest of New Ulm. This fort played a significant part during the Dakota Conflict. Join John Laba�e for an educa�onal lecture about the role of the fort in this conflict and then watch the New Ulm Ba�ery fire their cannons as it might have sounded all those years ago. There are also nature trails to explore and historical informa�on and monuments to enjoy.

When: May 13-15 Place: Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave South, Fargo, ND�onal-contest-powwow/ Come to Fargo Moorhead and enjoy the Crossroads Powwow which will feature the rich Na�ve American culture of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Canada. The powwow is open to the public and will feature dance contests, drum contests and dance specials. Grand entries to be judged 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

When: August 4-10 Place: Riverfront Park, 310 West Rock Street, Mankato Located in downtown Mankato’s Riverfront Park, contestants from across the country gather to provide s�cky, spicy eats and to compete in Ribfest. Come and enjoy the


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opportunity to join the crowd, listen to music, eat some food and vote for a champion. Live bands, including The Chris Hawkey Band, Brent Michaels and Blues Traveler will be playing at the Ve�er Stone Amphitheater.



Minnesota’s many lakes and rivers are one of its most popular a�rac�ons. With the rise of environmental awareness came Waterfest, an annual event on Lake Phalen in St. Paul. This annual event celebrates the importance of maintaining our clean watershed and offers a fun opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife and land and water conserva�on. Some events taking place this year are Voyageur canoe and solar pontoon boat rides; stand up paddleboards and fishing lessons. Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats will be available for check out.

There will be a special appearance by Karen Grassle “Ma Ingalls” in Walnut Grove on July 16!!



Hennepin County Fair (Corcoran) June 16-19 Jennifer Tichy, 763-420-4546 Norman County Fair (Ada) June 22-25 Don Merkins, 218-784-4984 Wadena County Fair (Wadena) June 22-25 Betty White, 218-631-7630 Cass County Fair (Pine River) June 23-26 Phonda Adkins, 218-839-9480 Red Lake County Fair (Oklee) June 24-26 Leah Larson, 218-268-4747


Cannon Valley Fair (Cannon Falls) July 1-4 Phyllis Althoff, 507-263-3548 Kittson County Fair (Hallock) July 6-10 Barb Peterson, 218-762-6661 Polk County Fair (Fertile) July 6-10 Michael Moore, 218-779-7858 South St. Louis County Fair (Proctor) July 6-10 Mary Korich, 218-628-2401 Winona County Fair (St. Charles) July 6-10 Winona County Fair Board, 507-932-3074 Aitkin County Fair (Aitkin) July 6-9 Kirk Peysar, 218-927-2465 Cass County Fair (Pillager) July 7-10 Donna Klimek, 218-746-3348

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Northern Minnesota District Fair (Littlefork) July 7-10 Sue Cole, 218-278-4405 Lake of the Woods County Fair (Baudette) July 13-16 Alona Canfield, 218-634-1437 Wabasha County Fair (Wabasha) July 13-16 Barb Petit, 507-251-7149 Dodge County Fair (Kasson) July 13-17 Marilyn Lermon, 507-634-7736 Hubbard County Fair (Park Rapids) July 13-17 Shell Prairie Ag Association, 218-237-3247 Pennington County Fair (Thief River Falls) July 13-17 Ray Safranski, 218-416-2550 Ramsey County Fair (Maplewood) July 13-17 Joe Fox, 651-777-6514 Redwood County Fair (Redwood Falls) July 13-17 Jeff Potter, 507-627-2801 Waseca County Fair (Waseca) July 13-17 Robin Dulas, 507-835-8958 Big Stone County Fair (Clinton) July 14-17 Bruce Wellendorf, 320-325-3247 Clay County Fair (Barnesville) July 14-17 Pam Aakre, 218-354-2675 Sherburne County Fair (Elk River) July 14-17 Irene Kostreba, 763-441-3610 Watonwan County Fair (St. James) July 14-17 Don Craig, 507-375-5515

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Mahnomen County Fair (Mahnomen) July 14-16 Sarah Snetsinger, 218-261-0685 Roseau County Fair (Roseau) July 17-22 Richard Magnusson, 218-689-6634 Fillmore County Fair (Preston) July 18-24 Kathy Tesmer, 507-272-2261 Rice County Fair (Faribault) July 19-24 John Dvorak, 507-332-2470 Faribault County Fair (Blue Earth) July 19-23 Sara Gack, 507-520-6552 Isanti County Fair (Cambridge) July 20-24 Jolene Hasselfeldt, 763-689-8487 Marshall County Fair (Warren) July 20-24 Cindy Anderson, 218-745-4445 Otter Tail County Fair West (Fergus Falls) July 20-23 Mike Holstrom, 218-736-0272 Pope County Fair (Glenwood) July 20-24 Paul Koubsky, 320-491-5663 Yellow Medicine County Fair (Canby) July 21-23 Melissa Denelsbeck, 507-223-5852 Chisago County Fair (Rush City) July 21-24 Mike Hochstatter, 320-358-0296 Otter Tail County Fair East (Perham) July 21-24 Diane Sazama, 218-346-2750 Grant County Fair (Herman) July 21-24 Michelle Sperr, 320-677-2284 Olmsted County Fair (Rochester) July 25-31 Terry Leary, 507-367-2455 Jackson County Fair (Jackson) July 26-30 Michael Stade, 507-841-0709

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Anoka County Fair (Anoka) July 26-31 Ray Hyovalti, 763-427-4070 Rock County Fair (Luverne) July 27-30 Lee Sells, 507-449-3247 Chippewa County Fair (Montevideo) July 27-31 Carmen Haugen, 320-793-6727 Kanabec County Fair (Mora) July 27-31 John Angstman, 320-679-3371 Lincoln County Fair (Tyler) July 27-31 Curt Madsen, 507-247-5454 Stearns County Fair (Sauk Centre) July 27-31 Jackie Spoden-Bolz, 320-352-2482 Wright County Fair (Howard Lake) July 27-31 Dennis Beise, 320-543-2111 Scott County Fair (Jordan) July 27-31 Norm Pint, 952-492-2436 Blue Earth County Fair (Garden City) July 28-30 Li Madsen, 507-933-0843 Becker County Fair (Detroit Lakes) July 28-31 Lowell Jorgenson, 218-847-5587


Crow Wing County Fair (Brainerd) August 2-6 Jerry Grimsley, 218-829-6680 Benton County Fair (Sauk Rapids) August 2-7 Laura Falconer, 320-253-5649 Freeborn County Fair (Albert Lea) August 2-7 Norm Fredin, 507-373-6965 Pipestone County Fair (Pipestone) August 3-6 Mark Moeller, 507-825-5979 pipestonecountyfair.sites


6B • MAY 2016 • VOICE OF AGRICULTURE • t FAIR FROM 5B Clearwater County Fair (Bagley) August 3-7 Al Paulson, 218-694-2780 Pine County Fair (Pine City) August 3-7 Steve Hallan, 320-629-3408 Sibley County Fair (Arlington) August 3-7 Dennis Van Moorlehem, 507-964-5698 Washington County Fair (Lake Elmo) August 3-7 Kim Salitros, 651-433-0103 Meeker County Fair (Litchfield) August 4-7 Loree Schultz, 320-593-3247 Dakota County Fair (Farmington) August 8-14 Kristine Smith, 651-463-8818 Goodhue County Fair (Zumbrota) August 9-14 Chuck Schwartau, 507-732-5001 Mower County Free Fair (Austin) August 9-14 Denise Schneider, 507-433-1868 Renville County Fair (Bird Island) August 10-12 Justin Vogt, 320-365-3242 Kandiyohi County Fair (Willmar) August 10-13 Cheryl Johnson, 320-235-0886

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Brown County Free Fair (New Ulm) August 10-14 Lucy Gluth, 507-354-2223

Carver County Fair (Waconia) August 10-14 Twyla Menth, 952-442-2333 Nicollet County Fair (St. Peter) August 10-14 Ann Volk, 507-934-2684

Nobles County Fair (Worthington) August 10-14 Karla Talsma, 507-376-5143 St. Louis County Fair (Chisholm) August 10-14 Bettie Valley, 218-263-4256 Stevens County Fair (Morris) August 10-14 Mary Hill, 320-589-1062

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

Lyon County Fair (Marshall) August 10-14 Deloris Richards, 507-320-2175 Mille Lacs County Fair (Princeton) August 11-14 Florence Dehn, 763-389-3138

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

Koochiching County Fair (Northome) August 12-14 Karrie Greser, 218-897-5205

Todd County Fair (Long Prairie) August 14-17 Debra Durheim, 320-732-2739 Martin County Fair (Fairmont) August 15-21 Edwin Murphy, 507-235-9576 Steele County Free Fair (Owatonna) August 16-21 Jim Gleason, 507-451-5305

Douglas County Fair (Alexandria) August 18-21 Earl Anderson, 320-808-7443 Lake County Fair (Two Harbors) August 18-21 Rachel Bailey, 218-269-4159 Le Sueur County Fair (LeCenter) August 18-21 Ruth Hoefs, 507-357-6500

Cottonwood County Fair (Windom) August 17-20 Sally Larson, 507-831-6122

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

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

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

Itasca County Fair (Grand Rapids) August 17-21 Melissa Johnson, 218-326-6470 McLeod County Fair (Hutchinson) August 17-21 Casey Walters, 320-587-2499 Swift County Fair (Appleton) August 17-21 Jon Panzer, 320-815-6138

Carlton County Fair (Barnum) August 18-21 Allysha Sample, 218-389-6737

SW St. Louis County Fair (Floodwood) August 26-28 Susan Coccie, 218-476-2716 Traverse County Fair (Wheaton) August 25-28 Janet Koch, 320-808-6323 traverse-county-fair/

Lac qui Parle County Fair (Madison) September 8-11 Todd Patzer, 320-598-3989

Source: Minnesota Federation of County Fairs

There’s fun for everyone at the county fair. Showcase your county 4-H programs, enter some fun contests, watch great entertainment and enjoy a tradition! Just take a look at the list below. AITKIN AITKIN COUNTY FAIR 218-927-4902 July 8 - 11

CAMBRIDGE ISANTI COUNTY FAIR 763-444-5540 July 20-24

NEW ULM BROWN COUNTY FREE FAIR 507-354-2223 Aug. 10-14



DASSEL MEEKER COUNTY FAIR 320-693-3582 Aug. 4-7


SLAYTON MURRAY COUNTY FAIR 507-836-6303 Aug. 17-20


FARIBAULT RICE COUNTY FAIR 507-332-2470 July 19 -24


ST. CLOUD BENTON COUNTY FAIR 320-253-1194 Aug. 4 - 9

BENSON SWIFT COUNTY FAIR 320-843-4099 Aug. 17-21

JORDAN SCOTT COUNTY FAIR 952-492-2436 July 27-31

PINE CITY PINE COUNTY FAIR 320-629-2465 Aug. 3-7

TWO HARBORS THE LAKE COUNTY FAIR 218-269-4159 Aug. 18-21



PRESTON FILLMORE COUNTY FAIR 507-467-2667 July 19-24

WASECA WASECA COUNTY FREE FAIR 507-461-0314 July 13-17


LECENTER LE SUEUR COUNTY FAIR 507-357-6500 Aug. 18-21






Place: Detroit Mountain Recrea�onal Area, Detroit Lakes When: May 19-22�val-of-birds�val-of-birds

When: June 17-18 Place: Na�onal Eagle Center, Wabasha� Once driven almost to the point of ex�nc�on, the bald eagle has made an amazing comeback and can be found in many loca�ons across the �nited States. In 1963, there was only one nes�ng pair of bald eagles in the en�re �pper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge in Minnesota. Thanks to conserva�on e�orts, a high popula�on of these beau�ful creatures now resides in this area, taking advantage of excellent hun�ng and habitat. Join the Na�onal Eagle Center in Wabasha to learn more about these majes�c animals, the history of their conserva�on and for a chance to view them in their habitat.

When: August 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Place: McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson The Minnesota Garlic Fes�val is a premier event for all garlic lovers! Minnesota garlic growers will have over a hundred of varie�es of their garlic recently harvested and cured in �me for the fes�val. This family friendly event will have food, chefs, music, games and, of course, a lot of garlic. All of this supports a healthy environment, sustainable farms and vital rural communi�es in Minnesota. In addi�on to all the garlic, there will be lots of entertainment including ac�vi�es for children.

The Detroit Lakes area in Minnesota is a unique transi�on zone, going from tall-grass prairie to northern hardwood and conifer forest. Because of this, nearly two hundred bird species come through this area mid-May during their spring migra�on. In recent years, some of the birds spo�ed have been BlueGray Gnatcatcher, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Rough-legged Hawk, Chestnut-collared Longspur, LeConte’s and Nelson’s Sharptailed Sparrows, Rock Wren, Golden-winged and Northern Parula Warblers, Alder Flycatcher and Black-backed Woodpecker.

When: Saturday, June 18 Place: Lake Bemidji, Sanford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive, Bemidji, MN 56601 Lake Bemidji, located near the town of Bemidji, is a small glacially formed lake about eleven miles in diameter. It is less than 50 miles from the Mississippi

But you don’t have to be an expert on birds to enjoy this event! Every year, from May 19-22 the Detroit Mountain Recrea�onal Area sponsors field trips, workshops, social events and exhibitors on birds, bird watching, and other educa�onal events. Featured presenters include Carrol Henderson and Paul Baicich with their new book, Bird Feeding in America; Bob Janssen with his new book Birds of MN State Parks along with technical advisor Carrol Henderson; and Melissa Groo, a professional nature photographer. Plus a sparrow workshop by expert Doug Buri.

River, and receives and drains water to this river. The city of Bemidji hosts many ac�vi�es on this lake and invites you to join the Loop the Lake Fes�val. Join us for a family-friendly bike ride around Lake Bemidji. This will be a 17 mile ride on easy, paved route with fes�ve rest stops. There will

be a focus on bike safety and riding techniques. The city of Bemidji will have their Nice Ride bikes available for rent. In the evening there will be ac�vi�es including Movie Night at the Waterfront and a musical theater produc�on at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

When: Saturday, June 11 Place: St. Peter’s Minnesota Square Park Every year St. Peter has hosted Ambassadors’ Blues Fest. The music fes�val is held outdoors at the Minnesota Square Park. This year’s event will be Saturday, June 11 and is free and open to the public. There will be top-notch blues from five bands. There will also be food and beer vendors to purchase refreshments.

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