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Watch Out for Each Other, Hold Hands and Stick Together 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. . . . . . . . . . . . Debra Durheim State Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair. . . . . . . . . . . Pam Uhlenkamp MFBF STATE STAFF Administrative Chris Radatz, Executive Director . . . 651-768-2104 Kim Oakes, Executive Secretary. . . . 651-768-2111 Foundation Ruth Meirick, Director . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2115 Michele DeGeest, Administrative Assistant. . . . . . . . 651-768-2151 Public Relations Kristin (Campbell) Harner, Director . 651-768-2118 Megan Ternquist, Assistant . . . . . 651-768-2117 Organization Development James Dodds, North Region . . . . 218-556-4667 Michael Knight, Southeast Region 515-313-1538 DelRay Johnson, West Central Region. . . . . . . . . . . 218-639-2092 Riley Maanum, Northwest Region 320-260-6417 Amanda Revier, Southwest Region. . . . . . . . . . . . 320-894-2600 Dennis Sabel, East Central . . . . . . 612-756-1230 Yvonne Simon, South Central. . . . 507-995-1652 Judy Pilcher, Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2114 Finance Dave Johnson, Director of Operations. . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2101 Lori Wiegand, Accounting Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2102 Public Policy Amber Hanson, Director . . . . . . . 651-768-2103 Cole Rupprecht, Associate Director . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2107 Judy Pilcher, Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2114
The Voice of Agriculture® (ISSN: 1529-1669) Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation 2016© Published January, March, May, July, September, November by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, 3080 Eagandale Place, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164. “The Voice of Agriculture” is mailed periodical postage paid at St. Paul, MN and additional entry offices. “The Voice of Agriculture” is distributed to nearly 30,000 Farm Bureau member families and others across the state of Minnesota. Editor: Kristin (Campbell) Harner Assistant Editor: Megan Ternquist Design and Layout: Madsen Ink Editorial and circulation offices: The Voice of Agriculture P.O. Box 64370 St. Paul, MN 55164-0370 Phone: 651-768-2118 Fax: 651-768-2159 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.fbmn.org For display advertising and classified advertising information, call 800-798-2691. Or write to: The Voice of Agriculture 406 Stevens Street Iowa Falls, IA 50126 Postmaster send change of addresses to: The Voice of Agriculture Box 64370 St. Paul, MN 55164-0370 Voice of Agriculture® is a registered service mark owned by the American Farm Bureau Federation.
President’s Voice KEVIN PAAP • MFBF PRESIDENT Many of us have heard about or maybe read Robert Fulghum’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” The book reminds us to share everything, play fair, don’t hit people, put things back where you found them, clean up your own mess, don’t take things that aren’t yours, say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody, wash your hands before you eat, ﬂush, warm cookies and cold milk are good for you, live a balanced life-learn some and think some, draw and paint, sing and dance, play and work some, take a nap every afternoon, when you go out into the world watch out for traﬃc, hold hands and stick together and be aware of wonder. Stick Together Farmers and ranchers will continue to face many challenges. Our challenges will include increased federal regulations that go beyond the scope of the law, taxes that threaten the future of family-based farming and extremists who oppose farms and ranches of every type. If there was ever a time for Minnesota Farm Bureau members to remember what we learned in kindergarten the time is now, no matter who you are in agriculture, or how you describe your farm or ranch, it is best to watch out for each other, hold hands and stick together. Interdependency Minnesota is the ﬁfth largest producer of agricultural products in the United States. We rank ﬁrst in sugarbeets, cultivated wild rice, processed sweet corn, and turkeys raised. We are second nationally in pigs. Minnesota is ranked third in soybean production, dry beans, oats, and sunﬂowers for oil production. We are fourth in corn, canola, ﬂaxseed and processed vegetables. We are sixth in honey, cheese and red meat production. What does this mean? The bottom line is very simple.
Crops and livestock are equally important to our state’s agriculture. They complement each other and are interdependent, making Minnesota agriculture diverse and well-balanced. Farm Bureau members must remember that no matter what you produce or where you rank on the list, it is best to watch out for each other, hold hands and stick together. Production Methods Minnesota is a leader and is in the top ﬁve for the production of organic soybeans, corn, dried beans, buckwheat and small grains. No matter what route you have chosen for your farm or ranch, whether it uses biotechnology, is organic or locally grown – all of agriculture must stand together. Farm Bureau members must remember that no matter how we produce our products or what size we are, it is best to watch out for each other, hold hands and stick together. Sustainable farming and ranching mean diﬀerent things to diﬀerent people. The deﬁnition is a moving target, one that allows for innovation and advances in science and technology. A sustainable standard must give farmers and ranchers the ﬂexibility we need to be productive, proﬁtable and competitive. Farm Bureau members must remember to watch out for each other, hold hands and stick together. In Conclusion Minnesota agriculture is a big tent, and it takes all types of farmers and ranchers to provide the safe, nutritious and aﬀordable food we need to feed ourselves and a growing world population. We cannot let ourselves, critics or activists of our great agriculture production system - drive a wedge between us. Farm Bureau members must watch out for each other, hold hands and stick together.
How to Win in a Low-Trust World Beyond the Fencerows ZIPPY DUVALL • AFBF PRESIDENT Americans’ conﬁdence and trust in key institutions is at a historical low, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. Even institutions that have enjoyed high levels of trust in the past, such as churches and schools, have dropped in Americans’ respect and regard over the past 10 years. Others, such as banks, big business and Congress, have struggled for decades to earn the public’s conﬁdence. Their ratings haven’t gotten any better. Against this backdrop of skepticism and lack of trust, there’s at least one group that most Americans still respect and admire. I’m talking about farmers, of course. The Center for Food Integrity (CFI) tracks public opinion about food. CFI has asked similar questions for years now, and—year after year—consumers rate farmers highly as people they most trust on food issues. On a scale of 0-10, 53 percent of consumers rate farmers 8-10. Forty-two percent give us a grade of 4-7. That’s a lot of faith in the work we do. But we can do better. We tend to think of growing, processing, selling and eating as diﬀerent businesses, but the average person does not. It’s the “system,” they are told, that has left too many Americans fat or malnourished or food insecure, and it’s the system that has to be ﬁxed. Farmers and ranchers tend to get lumped in with all of it. Here are other numbers from the CFI survey that should make us take notice. • Even though food has never been as aﬀordable as it is now, two-thirds of Americans say they are very concerned about food prices. • Sixty-eight percent of people surveyed say they are very concerned about food safety. • Just over half of those polled are very concerned about the sustainability of U.S. farming. • Fifty-eight percent are very concerned that animals may not always be treated humanely on farms and ranches. • Forty-two percent of Americans say they are concerned about the number of immigrant workers here in violation of U.S. law. • Eighty percent of Americans want to know more about farming. • An amazing 95 percent of “foodies”—the 15 percent of
the population who have a deep interest in the food they eat and how it is produced—say they want to know more about what we do. I hope those numbers got your attention, because they show us where we have opportunities to build trust. You might think more facts will convince people who don’t trust farmers. But farming is as emotionally charged as anything else people talk about. What the average American wants to know is that we care —for our land, our animals, our workers—and for them. You and I know that is already the case. We just have to show it more. I know some farmers and ranchers don’t necessarily want to let “outsiders” in. Critical “news” stories on television or misleading comments from the Dr. Ozes out there don’t help our cause or give us farmers much trust in the media. But we cannot hide our light under a bushel. We must use all communication channels available to help consumers understand that we care about our land, water and air, and that today’s agriculture is more sustainable than ever. There are so many ways to engage. Talk with editors and reporters with your local newspapers. Send letters to media outlets, both when they get the story wrong and when they get it right. Give tours of your farm or ranch. Participate in fairs and community events. Farm Bureau programs can help. The Women’s Leadership and Promotion & Education Committees provide training and opportunities to advocate for farming and ranching. The Young Farmers & Ranchers program, where I got my start in Farm Bureau years ago, gives young agriculturalists the tools they need to be advocates and agriculture leaders. Our “Engage” action center makes it easy to weigh in with members of Congress on important legislation. Whatever you can do, it will make a big diﬀerence. The important thing is to decide to do it—to get outside our fencerows and spread the word that farmers and ranchers value the same things the rest of America cares about. We have to let our commitment and love for what we do shine through. That’s how we maintain trust in farmers and ranchers, even as trust in other parts of our society seems to be in short supply.
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FB members meet with legislators at Day on the Hill Over 25 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota met with legislators on February 14 during Farm Bureau Day on the Hill for the West Central area. This program is an annual event 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, transportation infrastructure legislation supporting rural roads and bridges and permit requirements for ditch mowing and haying along state highway right of ways.
KANDIYOHI AND SWIFT County Farm Bureau members pictured le� to right are Nathan Collins, Sean Collins, Representa��e Da�e Baker (R � Willmar), Da�id Beyerl, Loren Molenaar, �hillip Ho�er and Allen Saunders.
BENTON/MILLE LACS COUNTY Farm Bureau members pictured le� to right are O�o Kaschmi�er, �oe Schapanski, Gail and Glen Kaschmi�er, Representa��e �im Ne�berger (R – Becker), Marilyn Kaschmi�er, La�rence Thell and �ean Kaschmi�er.
DOUGLAS, STEARNS AND Todd County Farm Bureau members, pictured le� to right, Ken Reuter, Representa��e �aul Anderson (R�Starbuck), Ron Branch, Erick Kuehl, Do�e Smith �acobs and Leonard Heitkamp.
2017 Day On The Hill
Farm Bureau members are invited to participate in the 2017 Farm Bureau Day on the Hill activities. Day on the Hill is an excellent opportunity for county Farm Bureau members to be briefed on current issues being considered at the capitol, to lobby legislators, witness legislative committees in action and possibly view a House or Senate oor session. The morning will begin at 10 a.m. with an issues brieng in the Minnesota Senate Building.
Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Days on the Hill Tuesday, March 7 Southwest, East Central and South Central Areas Tuesday, March 16 Northwest Area
Tuesday, March 28 North and Southeast Areas
West Central area held their activities on February 14. If you are unable to attend on the day your district is attending, please feel free to attend with other districts. For more information, call your county Farm Bureau or contact the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Public Policy Team at 651-768-2114 or email@example.com.
President Paap Re-Elected to American Farm Bureau Board Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap was reelected to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Board of Directors to serve a two-year term by the voting delegates at the AFBF Annual Meeting voting delegate session in Phoenix, Arizona. This will be Paap’s sixth year on the board of directors. Paap serves on the 34-member AFBF board, which includes 30 state Farm Bureau presidents along with the Women’s Leadership Committee Chair, Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Chair, Vice President VanderWal and President Duvall. “It’s an honor and a privilege to represent Farm Bureau
members from Minnesota on the American Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors,” said MFBF President Paap. “This allows Minnesota to have a seat at the table when meeting with national and international leaders on issues of importance that aﬀect farming and ranching and rural communities are determined.” Farm Bureau members from Minnesota were among the 5,000 Farm Bureau members representing all 50 states and Puerto Rico at the AFBF Annual Meeting. The meeting also featured national resolutions session which set policies for the upcoming year, as well as, workshops and seminars.
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FARM BUREAU NEWS NOTES n�2017 YF&R Contest Deadlines The following Leadership Development Contests are available for Young Farmers & Ranchers (Farm Bureau members ages 18-35) to participate in. For more information and rules visit fbmn.org/pages/contests. • Achievement Award Application: September 30 • Excellence in Agriculture Application: September 30 • FFA Discussion Meets will be held this spring before the state contest on April 23. • Collegiate Discussion Meets will be held in the fall before the state contest on November 18. n�Farm Bureau Membership For 2017, Farm Bureau members in Minnesota are starting something great with membership incentives. Volunteers who sign new members into their county Farm Bureau by these dates will receive a gift: • Sign 2 new members by February 2 • Sign 3 new members by March 3 • Sign 4 new members by April 4 • Sign 5 new members by May 5 Qualify for the Producers Club by signing five or more new members by May 5. Club qualifiers will be invited to an exclusive event held during the MFBF Annual Meeting, and those who sign 10 or more new members will earn a special prize. County Farm Bureaus that grow by five plus voting members or gain 4 percent total membership growth will earn $500. Achieve both and receive $1,000 to use towards county programming and events. n�Farmland Resources • Lesson Plans Four science and social studies-based, standards-aligned Farmland lesson plans are found on discoveringfarmland.com. These educational materials were developed by Discovery Education and provide high school students, educators and parents with standards-aligned lesson plans and interactive activities that explore concepts such as sustainability, technology and science. • Community Kits MFBF has community kit items available to assist you with planning a successful event. Contact Kristin Harner at 651-768-2118 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Examples of toolkit items include: • Event checklist • Event reminder email • Invitation letter template • Key messages • Media alert template • News release template • Opening remarks template • Social media overview guidance and draft posts • Spokesperson talking points Q&A
• Tips for developing an invitation list • Tips for hosting a screening • Tips for promoting in your community Remember: You CANNOT show a version of the Farmland film that you have purchased yourself to large audiences - the movie is NOT licensed for that. MFBF has DVD and Blu-Ray versions of both the full-length film and the educational version for you to borrow if you need it for a community event. n�Bulletin Board Contest The Minnesota Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee is coordinating a Bulletin Board Contest for teachers across Minnesota. Forms can be found at fbmn.org Teachers that participate will have the opportunity to win a “Farm a Month” Book Bundle. Deadline for the contest is April 30. If you know a teacher that may be interested, share this contest with them. For questions, contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or email@example.com. n�Complete the Green Star Farms Self-Evaluation Today Help prevent duplicate and over burdensome regulations. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation has been advocating on your behalf, but we need your help. The simplest, fastest and safest way for you to help is by joining the growing number of farms who have completed the Green Star Farms self-evaluation. It takes 20 minutes, and it’s fast, easy and completely confidential. Only the aggregate data will be used for public information. Go to greenstarfarms.org and click on “Getting Started.” For more information, contact Jeremy Geske at 612-756-1200 or firstname.lastname@example.org. n�2017 Marketbasket Surveys The Marketbasket Survey is a survey run through the American Farm Bureau Federation to track retail food price trends and overall affordability of food in America. An online survey form is available for shoppers. It is easy to open the link on any mobile device or tablet, then input retail prices for survey items while walking around a grocery store. This year’s survey dates are as follows: • Spring Picnic – March 17-28 • Summer Cookout – June 7-16 • Fall Harvest Basket – September 1-15 • Thanksgiving Dinner – October 27-November 7 Volunteer shoppers are encouraged to use the online surveys, but paper survey forms will still be an option. To view the surveys and learn more, visit fbmn.org/marketbasket-survey.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS n�March 5-11 Ag Safety Program Awareness Program (ASAP) Week n�March 7 Day on the Hill Southwest, East Central and South Central Areas
n�March 29 MFBF Board Meeting
n�May 24 MFBF Board Meeting
n�April 3 Century and Sesquicentennial Farm Applications Deadline
n�May 29 MFBF Office Closed
n�April 14 MFBF Office Closed
n�March 16 Day on the Hill Northwest Area
n�April 30 Bulletin Board Contest Deadline
n�March 28 Day on the Hill North and Southeast Areas
n�May 5 First in the Field Membership Deadline
n�June 27 MFB Foundation Golf Scramble n�August 1 Farmers to Washington D.C. Registration Deadline n�August 1-3 Farmfest
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Renville County Book Donation RENVILLE COUNTY FARM Bureau donated two sets of Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom book bundles to St. Mary’s in Bird Island. Mrs. McRell’s classroom also created a bulle�n board about agriculture and where their food comes from.
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ver! discoMINNESOTA n�Pillsbury A Mill Tour Now-April 22 Minneapolis mnhs.org Discover the story of the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A Mill, the largest flour mill in the world for many years, which recently reopened as the AMill Artist Lofts. Visitors will explore the largest and best-preserved waterpower system in Minneapolis (with views straight down a 50-foot drop shaft); discover how the building functioned during the flour milling era and learn about the new hydroelectric plant that helps to power the complex. n�Kite Crossing March 3-4 Garrison facebook.com/garrisoncommercialclub Competitors from 14 states catch the big lake’s winds using high-flying kites as “sails” and ride using snowboards or skis. It’s quite a visual feast to see the sky filled with colorful kites. The main event is a long-distance, kite endurance run — out and back legs that cover from 16–28 miles. Freestyle snowkiting, sprint races, gear demos and more also take place throughout the three-day event. n�Solat Fide Observatory Viewing March 4 and 25 Austin hormelnaturecenter.org/solafide-observatory Sola Fide Observatory is open to the public on specified Saturdays throughout the year. On these select evenings, the public can view the mysterious bodies of outer space. Come out and discover fascinating facts about the night sky from our resident experts as they host free public programs for the community. n�Chili Cook-Off March 28 Little Falls kinshipofmc.org Soup, chili, fellowship, competition, silent auction, raffles and more. Great bluegrass music will help set the mood as you taste a multitude of soups and chili’s and learn about the impact mentoring makes on the life of a child. For tickets or more information, visit the website listed above. n�Eagle Viewing Field Trips April 1 Wabasha nationaleaglecenter.org/eagle-viewing Field trips begin at 1 p.m. with a brief classroom program, followed by a tour via coach bus to prime bald or golden eagle viewing locations. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, spotting scopes and cameras if desired. Little walking is required – simply step off the bus for a great view! Field trips return to the National Eagle Center for light refreshments and a chance to share photos and stories from the day and conclude by 5 p.m. n�Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Festival April 21-22 Bemidji midwestfiberartstrails.org Visit the studios of fiber artists along a route connecting Bemidji, Turtle River and Tenstrike, Minnesota. Witness the creative process of artists in mediums of weaving, basket making, Native American beading, knotting, macrame, quilting and felting and more. For more information on these and other events, log onto exploreminnesota.com. Submit your community event by emailing email@example.com or fax 651-768-2159.
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AGRI-BYTES Minnesota Farm Bureau Members Honored for Dairy Farm Innovation Jer-Lindy Farms of Brooten, Minnesota, has been selected as the 2017 Innovative Dairy Farmer of the Year by the award’s co-sponsors, the International Dairy Foods Association and Dairy Herd Management magazine. The award recognizes U.S. dairy farmers who apply creativity, excellence and forward thinking to achieve greater on-farm productivity and improved milk marketing. Owners Jerry and Linda Jennissen manage the farm (200 cows and nine employees) in Brooten, Minnesota, while their daughter Alise and son-in-law Lucas Sjostrom operate Redhead Creamery which makes cheddar, brie and munster cheese. Adding the creamery in 2013 gave the family the opportunity to expand and diversify the business without adding cows or acres. The Jennissen and Sjostrom families are Stearns County Farm Bureau members. Congratulations!
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Farmers to Washington D.C. September 12-16 Join Farm Bureau members from Minnesota as we take our message to federal decision-makers and see Farm Bureau in ac�on. �his tour is an ideal opportunity to have an impact on public policy and to see historic Washington, D.C. Highlights Include: • American Farm Bureau Federa�on �AFBF� key legisla�ve issues brie�ng • Visits with Minnesota Congressional delega�on, government o�cials and AFBF staﬀ • An embassy visit • Tour the famous landmarks of historic Washington, D.C. Be sure to reserve your spot for the September 12-16 trip by August 1. Check with your county Farm Bureau for sponsorship opportuni�es. �rip grants may be available contact Amber Hanson at amber.hanson��mn.org or 651-763-2103 for more informa�on. Given the nature of mee�ngs conducted, the Farmers to Washington, D.C. trip is limited to Farm Bureau members who are 13 years and older. Look for more informa�on in the ne�t issue of The Voice of Agriculture.
AFB Foundation Grant recipient from Waseca FarmCamp Minnesota is a recipient of the American Farm Bureau (AFB) Foundation White-Reinhardt Fund for Education Scholarship. The scholarship is up to $1,500 for a representative to attend this year’s National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Kansas City, Missouri June 20-24.
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THE MFBF YF&R Commi�ee presents the Golden Pitchfork Award to someone who is not afraid of hard work and heavy li�ing. This year’s recipient of the Golden Pitchfork Award went to Miles, right, and Sarah Kuschel, middle, of Cass County Farm Bureau receiving the award for President Kevin Paap.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa�on (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet was held during the Leadership Conference at the Sanford Conven�on Center in Bemidji on February 4. The eight semi-ﬁnalists who competed and were selected are pictured front row, le� to right, Megan Roberts from Blue Earth County, DiDi Edwards from Nobles County, and Ka�e Winslow and Amanda Carlson from Goodhue County. Back row, le� to right, Carl Sackreiter from Winona County, Angela Guentzel from LeSueur County, Kirby Schmidt from Itasca County and Nathan Roth from Wadena County. The semi-ﬁnalists will compete in the ﬁnal two rounds of compe��on at the MFBF Annual Mee�ng in November.
THE PROMOTION & EDUCATION (P&E) Commi�ee led a Resource Course session, which provided a�endees with P&E kits to use for agriculture in the classroom ac�vi�es in local schools and their communi�es. This year’s theme was “Dirt” and the kits contained educa�onal ac�vi�es, the books “Dirt the Scoop on Soil” and “Dirt – Jump into Science,” informa�on on the American Founda�on for Agriculture resources at www.agfounda�on.org and the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom resources at www.mda.state.mn.us/kids.aspx .
THE OUTSTANDING FRIEND of YF&R is presented to someone who has gone above the call of duty to assist and lead YF&R into the future. This year’s recipient was the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promo�on Council (MSR&PC). Pictured is Randy Hanson accep�ng on behalf of MSR&PC and President Kevin Paap.
THE CONFERENCE KEYNOTE speaker was Bruce Vincent, a third genera�on logger from Libby, Montana, who mo�vated and inspired a�endees with his message “With Vision, There is Hope” during the Friday evening banquet.
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THE DAKOTA COUNTY Board of Commissionerâ€™s presented Dakota County Farm Bureau with a Proclamaďż˝on marking their 100th Anniversary. Pictured leďż˝ to right are, Dakota County Commissioner Mike Slavik, Past President Rozeďż˝a Hallcock, Dale Hallcock, Karen Bremer, George Hallcock and President Charlie Radman.
ongratulations to the County Farm Bureaus who have already celebrated the 100year milestone. Throughout the next few years as many of the counties are celebrating, we will share some of those memories with you. This month we congratulate Dakota County Farm Bureau who reached the milestone on February 16 and received both a Governorâ€™s Proclamation and a Dakota County Board of Commissioners Proclamation to mark this achievement. Past county president Rozetta Hallcock has been researching the history of the organization and found â€œWhat is Farm Bureau?â€? This deďŹ nition then went on to say, â€œit is best summarized with 'To do Together for Agriculture Those Things We Cannot do as Individual Farmers.â€™ â€? â€˘â€˘â€˘ If you are planning your county Farm Bureau 100th milestone, we would love to hear more about it. Please send us your information at firstname.lastname@example.org or Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, Attn: Kristin Harner, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164. GOVERNOR MARK DAYTON Proclamaďż˝on ďż˝at rightďż˝ recognized February 16, 2017 as Dakota County Farm Bureau Day marking their 100th Anniversary.
The Founding of Farm Bureau From The American Farm Bureauâ€™s Focus on Agriculture column The early 1900s were known as the Progressive Era in American history. It was also a period of organizing for mutual support and to share knowledge. Labor unions organized workers for better wages and working conditions. Two great service organizations were started during this timeâ€”Rotary International in 1905 and Kiwanis International in 1914. After Rotary and before Kiwanis was the Farm Bureau, which would become one of the nationâ€™s largest membership organizations. The ďŹ rst Farm Bureau was founded in 1911 in Broome County, New York. Farm Bureau history would be simpler if we could point to one man and say he organized Farm Bureau, but thatâ€™s not the case. However, one man does stand out in history and was honored this year at the American Farm Bureau Federationâ€™s annual convention with the ďŹ rst-ever Farm Bureau Founders Award. His name was James Quinn, and he was the ďŹ rst Farm Bureau president. We donâ€™t know a whole lot about Quinn except that he was a prominent dairy farmer in Broome County and other farmers looked to him for leadership. The idea for a Farm Bureau, however, appears to have originated with the Chamber of Commerce in Binghamton, New York. The chamber wanted to see farmers adopt scientiďŹ c advances in farming with fertilizers, improved livestock breeds and machinery to boost agricultural productivity. Farmers were major consumers so the chamber had an interest in their prosperity, but it also hoped that increased farm production would constrain food prices. What better way to advance agriculture than to enlist the aid of a prominent farmer to demonstrate these improvements on his farm? The demonstrations were arranged by John Barron, one of the ďŹ rst county Extension agents in the northern states. Together Quinn and Barron organized local farmers, most of them dairymen, to discuss and implement these farming methods. Because Quinnâ€™s farm was located along a major road, his success or failure was apparent to all who passed by. The distinguished dean of the College of Agriculture at Cornell University, Liberty Hyde Bailey, also was an early supporter of the Farm Bureau movement. Cornell provided the research and information Barron used to advise farmers on everything from soil fertility and farm management to dairy production and insect infestations. Quinn was not immediately named president, but as the ďŹ‚edgling organization developed a structure he became its ďŹ rst president. It was decided early on that farmers would pay annual dues to belong and that control should rest in the hands of the farmer members. In true grassroots fashion, similar groups formed with the help of county agents in other states. Initially, some of them were called farm improvement associations. Later, they took the name Farm Bureau. County Farm Bureaus joined together to form state Farm Bureaus, which then met in 1919 to form the American Farm Bureau Federation. James Quinn is not forgotten in Broome County. A housing development, Quinn Estates, bears his name. The farm-to-market road that ran by his farm is now a highway. His dairy barn, although moved from its original site, is still standing along the highway. A bronze plaque on a large boulder also commemorates the fact that he was the ďŹ rst Farm Bureau president in the United States. Quinn, Barron, Bailey and perhaps an unnamed member or two of the Chamber of Commerce were important in the formation of Farm Bureau in 1911. Quinn, however, had the most to lose. His reputation would have been tarnished if farmers were misled, and the organization failed them. He had nothing to gain from taking such a risk. But Quinn set an example of service to fellow farmers that Farm Bureau leaders still follow today. Written by Stewart Truelsen is a food and agriculture freelance writer and a regular contributor to the American Farm Bureau Federation Focus on Agriculture series.
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Milestone Celebrated for Speaking Out for Agriculture Volunteers Give 500 Speeches Through Speak for Yourself Program Minnesota farmers have a great story to tell and consumers are listening. The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation’s community outreach program, Speak for Yourself (outward name is Farming Today) has reached a FARM BUREAU’S SPEAK for Yourself program key milestone by helping farmers tell celebrated a milestone this past month when their story to 500 civic and professional Lucas Sjostrom—Stearns County Farm Bureau organizations and schools across the member delivered the 500th Speak for Yourself state. Speak for Yourself connects speech to students at Champlin Park High School. farmers with consumers who want to better understand where their food comes from. Lucas Sjostrom of Jer-Lindy Farms and Stearns County Farm Bureau member delivered the 500th Speak for Yourself speech to students during class at Champlin Park High School on January 17. “It is rewarding to share my personal story of farming with a wide variety of audiences, including students” says farm with little if any knowledge of agriculture. Speak Sjostrom. “They are all very interested in how their food for Yourself gives farmers the opportunity to connect is grown and raised today. It gives me an opportunity to with consumers and share their story of responsible, clear up any misconceptions they may have about what sustainable farming. farmers are doing today.” Lucas and his wife, Alise, are partners in her family’s Since 2011, the Speak for Yourself program has dairy farm bear Brooten. Jer-Lindy Farms is a 200-cow reached nearly 16,000 Minnesotans directly and over dairy farm that grows alfalfa and corn for cows, and 4 million via media with information about how today’s apples for bees and people. Lucas also works for farming methods ensure safe and nutritious food. Today, Minnesota Milk Producers Association. consumers today several generations removed from the
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The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its 10th “Book of the Year” award to Eugenie Doyle for “Sleep Tight Farm.” In this beautifully illustrated book, a farm family prepares for winter while reminiscing about the hard work the family does throughout the year. The “Book of the Year” award springs from the Foundation’s eﬀort to identify “accurate ag books,” a collection of nearly 500 books for children, teenagers and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics. Book of the Year selections are educational, help to create positive public perceptions about agriculture, inspire readers to learn more and touch their readers’ lives as well as tell the farmer’s story. The Accurate Ag Books database is available at agfoundation.org/recommended-pubs. To accompany the “Sleep Tight Farm” book, the Foundation has created an educator’s guide and a Specialty Crop Ag Mag; the Ag Mag will be oﬀered in both English and Spanish text versions. In honor of Doyle’s award and the host city of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 2017 Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, the American Farm Bureau Foundation donated books and a $1,000 ag literacy grant to a local Arizona school.
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“I am passionate about the American tradition of farming and the Speak for Yourself program has given me the opportunity to share important information about agriculture with consumers,” said Sjostrom. “It is essential that people know farmers are constantly working to do things better for our animals, the land, our community and the next generation of our family.” “Consumers appreciate hearing directly from farmers about what they do to raise food,” said Kristin Harner, Minnesota Farm Bureau Public Relations Director. “This 500th speech milestone is a great reward for the commitment our volunteers have made to share their farm and ranch stories and their inborn fondness for raising food, ﬁber and renewable fuel. We’re always looking at ways to expand the program to more audiences.” Speak for Yourself volunteers are located throughout Minnesota. They include farmers who raise row crops, dairy and beef cattle, poultry and pigs. The Speak for Yourself/Farming Today program is a program of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. Learn more at fbmn.org/speakforyourself or call Marytina Lawrence, MFB Speak for Yourself coordinator at 763-273-6981 or email@example.com.
FOUNDATION FOCUS Ag Literacy Shares Bring a Farmer to the Classroom County Farm Bureaus have the opportunity to purchase shares to assist with Ag in the Classroom and educational activities. Last year, MFBF reached 32 classrooms, which was double from the previous year. This year, there has been a significant increase in school requests for classroom visits. MFBF is providing every county the opportunity to donate to these educational efforts. Shares can be purchased for $25 each. The fund-raising goal is $7,500, and to date, nearly $5,200 has been raised through the generosity of those at the MFB Foundation Auction. Counties donations for this project can be sent to Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation, Attn: Ruth Meirick, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164, or for more information, contact Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-768-2115.
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MINNESOTA FARM BUREAU Vice President Dan Glessing recently became a member of the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation Century Club which is a fundraising campaign to commemorate the past and celebrate the future of the MFB. The Century Club recognizes individuals who donate $1,000 to the MFB 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 MFB Annual Meeting in 2018 and be invited to a Foundation sponsored “Century Club Dinner.” Donations can be mailed to: MFB Foundation, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164. Make checks payable to the MFB Foundation. For more information, visit fbmn.org/pages/donate.
2017 County Board Challenge The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Board of Directors continues its annual County Farm Bureau Board Challenge tradition and is asking counties to donate $10 per board member. Counties will be recognized as a County Board Challenge participant. • What do you get for donating? Recognition in The Voice of Agriculture and on Facebook, recognition at the Annual Meeting and recognition in the MFB Foundation Annual Report (must receive by September 15) • What does the Foundation Support? Four Al Christopherson Scholarships ($500 each), two Paul Stark Memorial Scholarships ($500 each), funding for the Agriculture Promotion grant program ($40,000), funding to support agriculture literacy programs (ex. Agriculture in the Classroom), agriculture literacy materials for use in your local schools, support for FFA and 4-H, support of Farm Bureau leadership programs Donations can be made out to the MFB Foundation and sent to: PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164. Indicate what you would like your donation to be used for or for the general fund. For more information, contact Ruth Meirick at email@example.com or 651-768-2115.
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AFBF FUSION Leadership Conference Provides Leadership Training Farm Bureau members from Minnesota were among over 1,100 who attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) FUSION (Farmers United: Skills, Inspiration, Outreach and Networking) Conference, February 10-13 to bring together volunteer leaders from the Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers programs. Hicks and Knorr Place in National Discussion Meet Jakob Hicks, Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) student from Tracy in Redwood County, and Johanna Knorr, University of Minnesota – St. Paul student from Pelican Rapids in West Otter Tail County, ﬁnished in the Sweet Sixteen of the National YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet on February 11. They were among 53 participants in this year’s competition. Hicks and Knorr advanced to the AFBF YF&R competition after capturing top honors at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet Competition in November. Contestants are judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving. All of the Collegiate Discussion Meet competitors in
FARM BUREAU MEMBERS from Minnesota were among the over 1,100 who a�ended the American Farm Bureau Federa�on �AFBF� FUSION Conference, February 10-13. Pictured le� to right, Jason and DiDi Edwards – Nobles County, Debra Durheim – MFBF P&E chair from Todd County, Rachel Arneson – Norman County, Melinda Groth – AFBF P&E Commi�ee from Fillmore County, Johanna �norr – Collegiate Discussion Meet contestant from West O�er Tail County, Ruth Meirick – MFBF Founda�on Director, Jakob �icks – Collegiate Discussion Meet contestant from Redwood County, Grant Moorse – Lyon County, Pam Uhlenkamp – MFBF YF&R chair and Jeﬀ Pagel – Olmsted County. the AFBF YF&R contest receive a $250 scholarship from John Deere. Attendee Highlights Attendees heard from keynote speakers Rock Bleier, former Pittsburgh Steelers player and Vietnam veteran; Chris Koch, inspirational speaker and Dr. Charles Petty, a work/life balance humorist.
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ver 60 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are among the nearly 5,000 Farm Bureau members representing each state and Puerto Rico at the AFBF Annual Convention. The meeting also featured workshops and seminars, as well as, the national resolutions session, which set policies for the upcoming year. Ramsden Finishes in Top 16 Corey Ramsden of WashingtonRamsey County Farm Bureau ﬁnished in the top 16 after qualifying for the Sweet Sixteen round of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Discussion Meet Contest. The AFBF Annual Convention was held in Phoenix, Arizona January 6-11. Ramsden competed against 38 other state winners. Contestants are judged on their basic knowledge of critical farm issues and their ability to exchange ideas and information in a setting aimed at cooperative problem solving. “Through the Farm Bureau Discussion Meet contest, I had the unique opportunity to tap into resources all across the organization and agriculture, and meet people that I wouldn’t ordinarily cross paths with. I learned through this that Farm Bureau and especially the YF&R programs are made up of very dynamic, dedicated and intelligent individuals,” said Ramsden “I would encourage anyone, especially non-traditional agriculture enthusiasts to join Farm Bureau and consider competing. It’s a way to advocate for an industry that we are all passionate about, build connections and develop of discover a new skill set.” Ramsden is a business manager for Land O’ Lakes Inc., Winﬁeld and Purina. She grew up in Massachusetts and attended the
Awards of Excellence As an organization, MFBF earned recognition from AFBF for oﬀering outstanding programs for Farm Bureau members. MFBF received Awards of Excellence in all six program areas: Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Beneﬁts; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation and Public Relations and Communications.
REPRESENTING MINNESOTA IN the American Farm Bureau Federa�on �oung Farmers & Ranchers Discussion Meet was Corey Ramsden of Washington-Ramsey County. She competed against 38 other state winners in the na�onal contest ﬁnishing in the top 16. University of Minnesota Crookston, where she received degrees in agriculture business, agriculture economics and equine science. Excellence in Agriculture In other AFBF YF&R results, Brad and Jenna Davis of Wright County competed in the Excellence in Agriculture Contest representing Minnesota against 28 other state winners. “We had a lot of fun participating in the excellence in agriculture contest,” said the Davis.’ “We would encourage others to try this event as it helps build and showcase agricultural leadership.” Brad farms together with his Dad and brothers raising dairy cows and growing corn, soybeans and alfalfa. Jenna is employed oﬀ
AFB Foundation Recognition Minnesotans attending the AFBF Annual Meeting supported the AFB Foundation for Agriculture and their celebration of its 50th Anniversary through participation in the ﬂapjack fundraiser, Foundation Night Out, golf outing and online auction. MFBF received the Apex Award recognizing the increased total investment in the AFB Foundation by 10 percent or more over the previous year as well as the state leader award. The MFBF Promotion and Education Committee and the MFBF YF&R Committee were recognized with the Challenge Award, and Dakota County Farm Bureau was recognized in the County Leader Award category. The AFB Foundation also announced their their new book of the year “Sleep Tight Farm.” Learn more at agfoundation.org. Attendees also had the opportunity to attend farm tours and diﬀerent sessions, as well as, hear from AFBF President Zippy Duvall and Archie and Peyton Manning. For information on Farm Bureau, visit www.fbmn.org.
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MFBF DISTRICT VI Director Miles Kuschel and MFBF President Kevin Paap served as delegates from Minnesota at the American Farm Bureau Annual Mee�ng delegate session, where na�onal priori�es were set for 201�. See page 1 for more.
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Farm Bureau Leaders A�end Council of County Presidents The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) held the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Council of County Presidents meeting on January 24 at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge in St. Paul with over 165 Farm Bureau leaders, elected and appointed oﬃcials in attendance.
LEADERS MET WITH the Minnesota legislators during the event. Pictured le� to right are �ohn Chute – Aitkin/Carlton County Farm Bureau vice president, Bill Sexton – Aitkin/Carlton County Farm Bureau president, Representa�ve Dale Lueck �R�Aitkin�, Senator Carrie Ruud �R�Bree�y Point�, and Eileen and Richard Leino – Crow Wing County Farm Bureau.
COUNTY FARM BUREAU leaders heard from state legislators, as well as Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly, pictured. In addi�on, Minnesota Agriculture Water Resources Center Execu�ve Director Warren Formo, MFBF President Kevin Paap, MFBF Public Policy Director Amber Hanson and MFBF Public Policy Associate Director Cole Rupprecht also spoke to leaders.
Get Out of My Space ASAP Week March 5-11 Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP). This year’s theme for the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) ASAP Week, March 5-11, is “Get Out of My Space.” During this week and throughout the year, Farm Bureau is encouraging farmers to emphasize a diﬀerent aspect of safety each day: • Monday – Conﬁned Space • Tuesday – Animal Space • Wednesday – Equipment Operator Space • Thursday – Electrical Space
• Friday – Driver Space For farmers and ranchers, agricultural safety is their best investment. For resources to promote farm safety throughout the year go to the AFBF Health and Safety page at fb.org/ programs/healthandsafety/home/ and like the Facebook page
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Conduct these safety checks as a family during ASAP week. Grain Storage Structures and Handling Equipment Grain storage structures and handling equipment create
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hazardous work areas. Farm workers should make sure they take the proper steps to put safety ﬁrst to prevent injuries, illnesses and even death. • Label grain bins to warn of entrapment hazards. • Lock entrances to grain handling areas to keep bystanders and children out. • Install ladders inside bins. • Do not enter grain bins that are being loaded or unloaded. Flowing grain can trap and suﬀocate you in seconds. • If it is necessary to enter a bin, shut oﬀ and lockout power before entering. Use a safety harness and safety line. Have several people available outside the bin to lift entrant out in case of an emergency. • Wear NIOSH-approved dust-ﬁltering respirators when working in and around grain handling areas. High amounts of dust and molds could be present and are extremely dangerous. • Wear approved hearing protection when working around noisy equipment, aeration fans, dryers, etc. • Be very cautious of grain that may have gone out of condition. Crusted grain may have cavities beneath the surface that can collapse, leading to entrapment and suﬀocation. • Keep bystanders and children away from grain bins and grain handling equipment.
Inspection • Are ladders in good condition? • Is lockout available for power? • Is electrical equipment safe? • Are overhead power lines nearby? • Are approved respirators available? • Are guards and shields in place? Safe Animal Handling on the Farm Safety on the farm needs to be a part of a farm family’s everyday life. The more you think about safety, the more routine and natural it will be. This is especially true when dealing with livestock. Each year hundreds of people are injured in animal-related accidents. Stepped-on hands or feet, badly bruised bones from a kick or an animal’s sudden movement, and being caught between a large animal and a stall partition or wall are all possibilities when you’re
working with animals weighing in at a halfton or better! The National Safety Council suggests these safety practices to prevent many mishaps: • Use adequate retraining and handling facilities. • Leave yourself a clear route “out.” • Provide good footing for handling operations. Keep ﬂoors and ramps clean. Roughened concrete, cleated boots, and “no- slip” strips could help reduce the risk of falls. • Wear protective clothing, footgear and headgear as the job demands. • Train inexperienced workers in safe livestock handling before allowing them near animals. • Stay clear of animals that are frightened, hurt, sick or have newborn or young oﬀspring. Be cautious around strange animals. Other injuries and illnesses occur in connection with buildings, tools and supplies used in the care of livestock. Therefore, always: • Use the appropriate respirator when working in conﬁned housing or on dusty jobs to protect your lungs. • Protect children by keeping them out of animal facilities. Keep barn chemicals and medications out of reach. Bar access to grain-bins, silos and other hazardous areas to unauthorized persons. Above all, try to anticipate unforeseen movements, be aware of what you’re doing and get help whenever possible. Remember - animal size can often be greater than human intelligence. Sources: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Education Center for Agriculture Safety, National Ag Safety Database
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PROMOTION & EDUCATION
Tell Your Farm’s Story I just returned home from Leadership Conference held annually by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion & Education and Young Farmers & Ranchers Committees. Nearly 225 people from around the state were in attendance in Bemidji, and the weather cooperated nicely for both tours and travel. I encourage everyone to mark January 26 and 27 on your calendar for next year’s conference in Red Wing. Your county may be able to help fund your trip. Just ask - you won’t be disappointed, and it will help motivate you to accomplish personal goals. With all of this excitement in mind, spring is right around the corner and calving season is underway for many, followed by planting season. With this time of year, I challenge you to think of ways to promote agriculture with all the activity happening on your farm. I like to focus on the activities that are “fun and easy” to do. Over the years, I have learned how to use my cell phone to tell my farm’s story. Learning the ropes of my phone was actually pretty easy, so don’t be intimidated by that idea (if I can do it, so can you!) For the more advanced cell phone users, the philosophy of “if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a library” might come to mind. Short, 30-second videos are always helpful in reaching your audience. One simple way to utilize your videos could be to contact your local school and ask to share your farm with classrooms; maybe even a personal visit. The students and
PETE BAKKEN STATE PROMOTION & EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEMBER Hometown: Beaver Creek Family: Carrie and I have two children Makayla and Eli. Farm Description: I farm with my brother Jay. We have a beef feedlot, beef cow/calf and grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa and small grain followed by cover crop. Why I got involved with P&E? As a former Young Farmers and Ranchers member, I saw all the good things that these two committees were doing to promote agriculture and wanted to stay involved with Farm Bureau promoting agriculture to other members and to our consumers. Dates to Remember: Agriculture Safety Program Awareness (ASAP) Week – March 5-11, National Agriculture Week – March 19-25, National Agriculture Day – March 21, MFB Foundation Golf Outing – June 27, MFB Foundation Sporting Clays Tournament – TBD, Farmfest – August 1-3, Minnesota State Fair – August 24-September 4 and MFBF Annual Meeting – November 17-18.
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Good luck with telling the story of agriculture and your farm in your local community. Also, it’s never too early to look over your “invite list” for next year’s Leadership Conference. Finally, remember during the busiest of days to be safe; somebody needs you. Have a great spring!
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Region 2 FFA Discussion Meet THE REGION 2 FFA Discussion Meet was held on February 9. Molly Lindgren from the Staples/Motley FFA Chapter and Alexis Krebs from the Upsala FFA Chapter received top honors and will advance to the state compeï¿½ï¿½on in April. Pictured front leï¿½ to right are Charloï¿½e Langanki from the Grand Rapids FFA Chapter, Alexis Krebs from the Upsala FFA Chapter, Molly Lindgren from the Staples/Motley FFA Chapter. Back, leï¿½ to right, Ausï¿½n Taï¿½er from the Grand Rapids FFA Chapter, Egon Lake from the Menahga FFA Chapter and Nolan Juelson from the Blackduck FFA Chapter.
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Region 4 FFA Discussion Meet THE REGION 4 FFA Discussion Meet was held on January 16. Madeline Weninger from the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Chapter and Abigail Huset from the Forest Lake FFA Chapter received top honors and will advance to the state compeï¿½ï¿½on in April. Pictured front leï¿½ to right are Forest Lake FFA advisor Mike Toy machine shed President Miron, Huset, Weninger and Wright County Farm Bureau donated by Watonwan Kevin Dahlman. County Farm Bureau.
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Region 7 FFA Discussion Meet THE REGION 7 FFA Discussion Meet was held on February 10. Emma Severns from the Maple River FFA Chapter and Emma Deï¿½man from the Norwood Young America FFA Chapter received top honors and will advance to the TroublesPictured state compeï¿½ï¿½onKansas in April. Quilt made by are Yvonne SimonSampler south central Virginia Bissen. area program director with Severns.
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YOUNG FARMERS & RANCHERS Why Should I Get Involved? Do you ever ask yourself the question “Why should I get involved?” That’s the question I asked myself while growing up, watching mom and dad attend many Farm Bureau events while I was stuck at home doing the chores. Fast forward a few years and now it’s the other way around. So why did I get involved? By being a Farm Bureau member, I have been able to network and create new friendships in the process. I enjoy attending events with other young farmers who may be experiencing the same situations or facing the same challenges as myself. Whether it’s comparing high healthcare costs or conversing about farm transition planning, these are scary topics that are often avoided in conversation, and fellow farmers are often curious about how others are preparing and planning. I recently attended American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) leadership conference, FUSION, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. While at the conference, I was able to network with fellow young farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. that were experiencing similar situations. We were able to discuss topics such as costs and farm transitions. In addition, we learned about agriculture in the Pittsburgh area on tours and gained new ideas to bring back to our own farms. Another important reason why I got involved was to be an advocate for agriculture. As young farmers, if we are not out there telling our story, someone else will try to tell it for us. Unfortunately, the story may not be told as we envisioned it. Farm Bureau has enabled Chandra and I to tell our story. Growing up in South St. Paul and only being involved with the family farm for four years, Chandra has learned how to promote our farm and agriculture through Farm Bureau. Just like anything else, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. This is why I encourage other young farmers to get involved and tell their story. As Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Paap has said, “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”
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Hometown: Eyota Educational Background: Jeﬀ graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Science. Chandra graduated from Winona State University in 2013 with a Bachlor of Arts of Science in teaching. She received her Masters of Arts in special education from Concordia University St. Paul in 2016. Farm Description: JEFF AND CHANDRA PAGEL We help run the family STATE YOUNG FARMERS & RANCHERS COMMITTEE MEMBERS farm with Jeﬀ’s parents, Ron and Lori. On our farm, we milk cows, have a herd of beef cows and calves and raise corn, soybeans, alfalfa and peas for a canning company. Chandra also works as a high school special education teacher. Innovative Farming Methods: On our farm, we plant cover crops, winter rye and tillage radishes, to help reduce soil erosion and to improve soil health. In the spring, we use the winter rye for feed for both our dairy and beef cattle. Hobbies: Jeﬀ enjoys Minnesota sports and spending time with friends, while Chandra enjoys reading and taking professional development courses. Why did you get involved with YF&R? We got involved with YF&R in order to diversify our experience as Farm Bureau members, as well as connect with other young farmers from around the state. Dates to Remember: Agriculture Safety Program Awareness (ASAP) Week – March 5-11, National Agriculture Week – March 19-25, National Agriculture Day – March 21, MFB Foundation Golf Outing – June 27, MFB Foundation Sporting Clays Tournament – July 27, Farmfest – August 1-3, Minnesota State Fair – August 24-September 4 and MFBF Annual Meeting – November 17-18.
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MFB Focuses on Food Awareness Minnesota Farm Bureau is focusing on Food Awareness during the months of February and March. Food Awareness activities were created to bring awareness to all things food – from the farmers who grow and raise our food, to food safety and availability. “Farm Bureau’s Food Awareness activities aim to help American consumers learn about the food they eat every day,” said Debra Durheim, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion and Education (P&E) Committee chair. “Minnesota farmers and ranchers take pride in ensuring safe food choices for Minnesota families.” To mark the occasion, county Farm Bureaus throughout the state will be hosting events and working with food shelves to increase awareness of local food and hunger. “Farmers are committed to providing safe and healthy food choices for all Americans. As Farm Bureau members, we want to talk with families about our shared goal of nutritious, safe meals,” said Durheim. For more information on Food Awareness activities, visit fbmn.org/pages/food-awareness.
Farm Bureau Members Serve on National Advisory Committees Two Farm Bureau members from Minnesota were appointed to the 2017 American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Issue Advisory Committees. • Marlin Fay of Mower County was re-appointed to serve on the AFBF Energy Issue Advisory Committee. This committee focuses on the Renewable Fuel Standard, wind energy, fracking, pipelines, Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards and carbon regulations. • Carolyn Olson, Minnesota Farm Bureau District III Board Director from Lyon County, was reappointed to serve as the chair of the Organic and Direct Marketing Committee. This committee focuses on organic production systems, organic check-oﬀ programs, farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture and agri-tourism. The issue advisory committees are made up of farmers from across the country with a particular interest and experience in their focus area and serve in an advisory capacity on issues for the AFBF president and board of directors. The purpose of the AFBF Issue Advisory Committees is to help insure that, as a general farm organization, Farm Bureau is serving the needs of all the issues faced by our members.
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WEST POLK COUNTY Farm Bureau held an event February 16 at North Country Food Bank. They helped pack bags for the kids backpack program in the Red River Valley (RRV), and the board donated 10,000 meals for people in West Polk County and other coun�es in the RRV. Pictured, le� to right, are Riley Maanum – Minnesota Farm Bureau northwest area program director, Dus�n Perry, Susie Novak – North County Food Bank and Paul Dragseth.
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Capitol Corner AMBER HANSON • Director of Public Policy
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STATE H�Property Taxes Farm Bureau members in Minnesota are continuing to press property tax relief as a priority. Clay County Farm Bureau members have held on-going meetings with their local legislators and also met with Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith and Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson during a town hall meeting in Dilworth. Thank you to all of the Farm Bureau members who continue to share their story on this issue. Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) testiﬁed before the Minnesota Senate Tax Committee on February 8 supporting the provisions of the Governor’s Tax Bill as it relates to agriculture, including a 40 percent credit on agricultural property used towards school debt bond levies. MFBF continues to work towards viable solutions on this issue. We understand the importance of education and school bond levies but need to ﬁnd sustainable solutions that balance the amount of agricultural property taxes paid with other classes of property taxes. H�Buﬀers The controversy continues to swirl over buﬀer areas adjacent to waterways in Minnesota and what involved state agencies consider their direction to create the maps and enforcement of the mandatory buﬀered areas. Following a brieﬁng by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) regarding their plans, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) joined with a number of other farm organizations to testify before a joint hearing of the Minnesota House of Representatives Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee and the Agriculture Policy Committee on January 19. A joint hearing of the Minnesota Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Housing Finance and the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Finance was held on February 20 also to provide a buﬀer update. MFBF still has signiﬁcant concerns regarding buﬀer implementation including the accuracy of the DNR buﬀer maps and the lack of a process for landowners to appeal improper labeling of private ditches found on the buﬀer map. The timeliness to have mapping issues resolved before the implementation date has also been expressed as a concern. DNR has been addressing comments received regarding ﬁxes to the Public Water Inventory (PWI) and the buﬀer map. Approximately 80 landowners have requested that private ditches that have been placed on the PWI be removed. Those changes have yet to be addressed by the agency. An updated map is expected to be released in the next few weeks. BWSR is charged with the task of compiling a list of alternative conservation practices for buﬀer implementation to begin November 1, 2017. That list has yet to be released. MFBF also sees challenges with the invasive weed, Palmer Amaranth. An
investigation from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture as to how the weed entered Minnesota is currently ongoing. There is concern over the spread of the seed with the implementation of buﬀers into grasses across the state. In addition, county and local watersheds have until March 31, 2017 to accept jurisdiction of buﬀer enforcement. We support enforcement at the local level, yet counties and watersheds are in a position to accept jurisdiction without knowing if state funding will be made available to them. Farm Bureau is continuously looking for improvement to the appeals process with the DNR mapping system and a method that is clear and understandable for landowners. We are working to address concerning issues with the DNR buﬀer maps and BWSR alternative conservation practices. These issues need to be addressed before moving forward with buﬀer implementation. Concerns regarding the penalty for noncompliance once buﬀer implementation begins has also been brought forth. Current statue states that a penalty up to $500 may be issued. Clariﬁcation of the penalty is needed to address the rate at which a penalty can be issued and whether the penalty is per parcel, ditch or farm, etc. H�Ditch Mowing and Haying Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) released a permit in the fall of 2016 requiring those mowing and haying in the state highway right of ways to obtain a permit and follow speciﬁc conditions. Special conditions included requiring the person to list the State of Minnesota on their insurance policy, submit a deposit for damages to the right-of-way, and several safety features that both the operator and the equipment must possess. Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has participated in several meeting with MNDOT, DNR and legislators on ﬁnding reasonable solutions to these rules put forward by MNDOT. Recently, MNDOT has revised the permit, special conditions, and extended the date for which landowners can apply to February 28. After March 1, the permit becomes available to anyone who wishes to apply. MFBF does not support MNDOT requiring a permit to mow and hay in the state highway right of ways and has been working diligently on this issue. MFBF will continue to look for a legislative ﬁx.
NATIONAL NEWS H�Farm Bureau Hails Pruitt Conﬁrmation The United States Senate has conﬁrmed Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “Scott Pruitt’s conﬁrmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency will bring a breath of fresh air to the post,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “America’s farmers and ranchers look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt as he leads the EPA with a welcome level of common sense in the important job of protecting the environment.”
Governor signs insurance premium relief into law Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a legislative package intended to provide relief for Minnesotans with rising insurance premiums. Dayton signed HF1/SF1, sponsored by Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska) and Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake), after both the Minnesota Senate and the Minnesota House of Representatives passed the bill by wide margins. The Senate voted 47-19 and the House 108-19. The law, eﬀective January 27, 2017, requires health carriers to subsidize qualifying customers’ premiums then seek a reimbursement from the state. It calls for pulling $326.9 million out of the state’s budget reserves and assigning up to $311.9 million of that for the premium relief. Minnesotans who purchase health insurance on the individual markets will now qualify for a 25 percent discount on their insurance premium. Providers are required to apply the discounts to customers’ bills by April 30, 2017. The remaining $15 million covers transition care for people with new health plans but are continuing treatment for serious conditions, life-threatening mental or physical illnesses and pregnancy beyond the ﬁrst trimester. Included in the relief package are a H�Farm Bureau Supports Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is urging the Senate to act quickly on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court. “Gorsuch has expressed an appreciation for the environment and is a conservationist – a philosophy shared by America’s farmers and ranchers who serve as caretakers for our lands,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. If conﬁrmed, Gorsuch will assume the seat last occupied by Justice Antonin Scalia. H�Take the Farmer Survey on Dairy Risk Management Tools The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), American Farm Bureau Insurance Services and academic collaborators, including dairy economist Marin Bozic, have created a short online survey to assess farmer use of dairy risk management tools and interest in the development of a new dairy insurance product. Dairy farmers are invited to take the survey. Results are conﬁdential and will be aggregated to provide market feasibility information to USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. Survey found at: farmbureausellscropinsurance.com/dairyrisk-survey/. H�Minnesota Farm Bureau Supports Sonny Perdue for Secretary of Agriculture Minnesota Farm Bureau, along with a coalition of more than 660 others, sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture urging support of Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture. The letter highlights Perdue’s experience not only in agriculture, but as the former Governor of Georgia. There have been 30 Secretaries of Agriculture, and though some were raised on a farm,
number of reforms, like allowing forproﬁt HMOs to join the state-run individual marketplace once controlled only by non-proﬁts. The law also paves the way for agricultural cooperative health plans to provide insurance to farmers and agribusiness employees. It also allows hospitals and clinics to use administrative law judges to challenge the way insurance providers select their network. For months, Minnesota Farm Bureau collected individual stories from our members, sharing the challenges farm families and small business owners across Minnesota are facing with purchasing health insurance on the individual market. Through sharing those stories and individual conversations with elected oﬃcials, we have been able to help decision makers understand the hardships many members are experiencing with health insurance. We recognize that this law only provides relief to those who purchase individual health insurance through 2017, and we will continue to monitor and work on solutions on health insurance aﬀordability and availability with our elected oﬃcials. only two actually lived and worked in agriculture as adults. If conﬁrmed, Sonny Perdue will be number three. “Given his background of growing up on a diversiﬁed row crop and dairy farm in Central Georgia, his service in the United States Air Force, and his background in founding three agribusiness ﬁrms supplying services to farmers, Governor Perdue is eminently qualiﬁed to lead USDA. Governor Perdue was also a practicing veterinarian and has a deep understanding of the issues important to animal agriculture. As the former governor of a state that produces billions of dollars in food, ﬁber, specialty crops, nursery crops, dairy products, poultry and livestock each year, Governor Perdue understands the critical role of feeding our country and the world. He is also keenly aware of the importance of agriculture in powering our nation’s economy, providing jobs from farm to table. Finally, Governor Perdue has proved to be a dedicated servant of the concerns of rural America with a long history of supporting rural infrastructure, agricultural water use projects and proper forest management. This experience, along with a personal understanding of the unique needs of rural America, will undoubtedly beneﬁt him as head of USDA.” H�President Trump Signs Executive Order Limiting Regulations President Trump has signed an executive order that seeks to reduce the costs and impact of regulations. The executive order requires agencies, when proposing a new regulation, to identify at least two existing regulations for elimination; and requires the heads of agencies to assure that total incremental costs of all new regulations, including repealed regulations, to be zero. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has identiﬁed regulatory reform as a strategic priority and is working with
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t CORNER FROM 17 other agricultural organizations to enact legislation making the federal rulemaking process more transparent and more consistent with principles outlined in AFBF policy. H�Farm Bureau Endorses Bills to Repeal Death Tax Farm Bureau has endorsed bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate to repeal the federal estate tax. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall said the bills are needed because farm and ranch families continue to face challenges in passing their family businesses to the next generation. The AFBF-endorsed Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017 was introduced early last week in the House by Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA). Sen. John Thune (R-SD) introduced a companion bill in the Senate. “Farmers and ranchers face a number of factors that are unpredictable and beyond their control, from changing weather to ﬂuctuating markets,” said Duvall. “These family-run businesses need a tax code that encourages investment, rather than one that punishes their success. We believe that repeal of the estate tax oﬀers the best solution to protect farms, ranches and all family-owned businesses from the estate tax.”
H�Iowa Supreme Court Ruling in the Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit The Iowa Supreme Court released a 3-2 ruling against the Des Moines Water Works in a lawsuit that sought damages for alleged water pollution caused by nearby drainage districts. The court’s opinion said that Des Moines Water Works could not recover damages from the drainage districts because they have immunity under state law. The ruling means northwest Iowa drainage districts, farmers and rural citizens will not be held liable for damages from rainfall and a number of other factors, which can impact their naturally fertile land. Des Moines Water Works will still move ahead with a federal lawsuit regarding the Clean Water Act. That trial is set to begin in late June. H�Legislation Introduced to Delist the Gray Wolf in Minnesota Minnesota’s Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), along with Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Barrasso (R-WY) Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate that would delist the gray wolf in Wyoming, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota from the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and return management of the animal to state control.
Similar legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Minnesota Representatives Peterson, Nolan and Emmer, among others. In December 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a ﬁnal rule to delist Western Great Lakes gray wolves from federal protections. This decision was based on strong evidence that gray wolf population numbers had adequately recovered and states demonstrated suitable management plans to provide for the long-term conservation of a viable gray wolf population. The conservation agency made a similar determination for Wyoming gray wolves in September 2012. However, on December 19, 2014, a U.S. District Judge immediately reinstated ESA protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin leaving farmers and ranchers without the ability to protect their pets and livestock. The bill restores the wolf to the status determined to be appropriate by U.S. Department of Interior wildlife experts. The bill would also allow wolf management plans that are based on federal and state wildlife expertise to move forward without any legal ambiguity. Minnesota Farm Bureau supports this eﬀort.
HEALTH & WELLNESS Tips for Fighting Fair Worry, anxiety, and sleepless nights can quickly lead to a “short fuse” and irritability. Often when emotions are high, things are said in anger that can’t be taken back, feelings get hurt, and the level of tension gets worse. Prior to having a diﬃcult conversation, remind yourself of your intention (What is the goal? What do you want to accomplish?). With your goal in mind, focus on what is important and prepare to let unimportant things go – in other words, pick your battles. Chose a time when things are calm and going well. Agree to take a break if emotions start to get heated. Listed below are some additional suggestions for fair ﬁghting that could be adopted as rules to follow. 1) Watch What You Say – No name calling, snide remarks, put downs or negative facial expressions. 2) Do not Interrupt – Let the other person ﬁnish before you speak. 3) No Cross-Complaining – When the other person complains, don’t answer with a complaint. 4) No Bringing Up the Past – Do not use “always,” “never,” “should,” “if only once you would …” Stick to here and now, not history. 5) Stick to the Issue – Don’t distract from the issue and don’t be distracted. 6) No Physical Violence Allowed – This is a ﬁrm guideline for eﬀective ﬁghting. 7) Don’t Play Psychologist – Don’t try to tell the other what they are thinking, or why they are doing something. Don’t make assumptions. 8) No Emotional Blackmail – “If you really
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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 fbadvantage.com/cat, 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. Call Farm Bureau Member Support line at 877-620-2852 for help getting registered, place orders using the state discount code, check stock, answer questions and provide support for www.Grainger.com. 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. Farm Bureau members in Minnesota must provide a valid Member Verification Certificate to the dealer at the time of purchase or lease quote to receive the discount. To obtain your certificate, go to fbadvantage.com, click on “Minnesota,” enter your number and zip code. For more information call 651-768-2114. 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 http://bit.ly/MNfarmbureau. 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 www.SmallBusinessTransition.com 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 fbmn.org. 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 fbmn.org. n�Nickelodeon Universe®, Mall of America The nation’s largest indoor family theme park. Discounted all day wristband tickets may be ordered at fbmn.org. n�Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Discounted zoo admission tickets—offering $2 adult and $1 children and seniors. Can be ordered at fbmn.org. n�Valleyfair, Shakopee Members receive a savings off gate price tickets and parking during the season. n�Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Enjoy discounts to events at xcelenergycenter.com/MNfarm. The site is updated as new events are announced.
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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 scriptsave.com 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 lifelinescreening.com/mnfb. 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 anytimefitness.com.
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 qualsight.com/-MNFB 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 clearvaluehearing.com 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 www.fbfs.com today for more information.
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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. You can also find your Farm Bureau insurance or agent information. 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.
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AUTOMOBILE n�Chevrolet, Buick, GMC The $500 Bonus Cash offer is available to eligible Farm Bureau members, such as Owner Loyalty (discounted employee, dealership employee and supplier pricing is excluded). The $500 “Bonus Cash” offer can be used on the purchase or lease of 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models. Must be a member for at least 30 days prior to date of delivery. To obtain your certificate, go to fbadvantage.com, click on "Minnesota," enter in your member number (i.e. 9800000) and zip code. Questions can be directed to 651-768-2114. n�Budget Rental Enjoy savings of up to 25% off Budget base rates when renting a vehicle from a participating location in the contiguous U.S. and Canada. Use Budget Customer Discount (BCD) number Y775723 to shop the lowest rates for your next rental. Visit www.budget.com/mnfb or call 800-527-0700 to make a reservation. 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 avis.com. Mention your Avis worldwide discount number: Minnesota Farm Bureau, A298823. 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. aaa.com.
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