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WHAT GOES IN A BAG OF HEFTY BRAND SEED? FERTILITY Our seed growers soil test and fertilize soybeans for higher yields and quality. Did you know that 60 bushel soybeans remove approximately 131 pounds of K2O (potassium) and 58 pounds of phosphate from the soil? By fertilizing with lots of P, K, and micronutrients, the seed we produce typically has more test weight, greater size, and better vigor.

SEED TREATMENT Our growers use fungicide, insecticide, inoculant, and QuickRoots on almost all our seed, so it has more nutrients and less disease throughout the year.

SOIL APPLIED RESIDUAL HERBICIDE Yes, we know our growers can control weeds with Roundup or Liberty, but we believe in having season-long, weed-free fields. It usually means better yields and more seed for us, and bigger, more productive seed for you.

AGGRESSIVELY FIGHT INSECTS We require insecticide applications at very low threshold levels when bean leaf beetles and soybean aphids are present. These insects carry disease, and if they are left to feed on the soybeans, you may end up with seed that has disease in the bag. We want to do everything we can to prevent that.

PLANT HEALTH Fungicide use at the R2 to R3 stage (full flower to first pod) is beneficial for stopping diseases and improving yields. Because our growers are REQUIRED to spray, you’ll find our seed fields less likely to contain white mold, cercospora, frog eye leaf spot, septoria brown spot, and more. Fungicide use makes seed quality better.


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MFB Continues Tradition at Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) presents the Leadership Conference, February 3-4, 2017. This year’s conference is themed “The Start of Something Great” and will be held at the Sanford Convention Center in Bemidji with accommodations at the Country Inn & Suites. The Leadership Conference is designed to provide leadership and advocacy training for all Farm Bureau members.

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Quiz to Win a Lunch Cooler or Oven Mitt Fairgoers were encouraged to take a quiz and earn a thermal lunch bag or oven mitt along with a grilling kabob recipe. During the quiz, fairgoers learned facts about agriculture and talked to a farmer. New signage was displayed in the booth, featuring photos from Minnesota farms, quotes from farmers and facts about agriculture.

KABOBS Ingredients •1/2 cup teriyaki sauce • 1/2 cup honey Directions • 1/2 teaspoon alable plastic garlic powder 1) In a large rese h pinc aki sauce, 1/2 • bag, mix the teriy and ginger. ground ginger ey, garlic powder, onion hon • 2 red bell e red bell peppers, , and Plac into peppers, cut mushrooms, beef ges, wed with the 2 inch pieces chicken in the bag refrigerate 4 • 1 large sweet marinade. Seal, and and onion, peeled to 24 hours. cut into wedges le for medium-high • 1 1/2 cups who s 2) Preheat grill fresh mushroom heat. f • 1 pound bee e, and thread into sirloin, cut 3) Discard marinadtables onto 1 inch cubes the meat and vegesmall space a • 1 1/2 pounds s skewers, leaving . between each item skinless, boneles chicken breast grill grate. Grill 4) Lightly oil the halves cut minutes, turning es cub skewers for 10 l meat is into unti or ed, or need as •Wood and vegetables cooked through metal skewers are tender.

Conference Sessions On Friday afternoon, conference tours will include Riveria Foods, Bemidji Woolen Mills, Norbord, and Wells Technology. The conference will kick off with a district social hour and


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1) Find the ANIMALS display. 98% of the 2.1 million U.S. farms are________. ANSWER: _____________________ 2) Find the ENVIRONMENT display. Because of farmers’ conservation efforts, there is ______ less soil erosion today than there was 30 years ago. ANSWER: _____________________ 3) Find the FOOD display. Genetically engineered crops can better withstand _________, weed pressure, disease, and insects. ANSWER: _____________________ 4) Meet a FARMER. Find a Farm Bureau volunteer in a maroon shirt and ask them a question about their farm.

Social Media Giveaway While at the MFBF State Fair booth, fairgoers were given a chance to use social media and our hashtag #MNFarmersCARE to enter in a drawing for a $250 grocery card. The rules were to: first, take a picture at the MFBF photo booth; then, upload the image to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram; lastly, tag Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) or Minnesota Farmers CARE and use the hashtag #MNFarmersCARE to enter the picture into the drawing. After the fair, two winners were chosen from all of the entries. Imagination Station The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation Imagination Stations are My American Farm kiosks. These kiosks were located in the MFBF booth to provide families of all ages an opportunity to learn about agriculture. My American Farms is a collection of online educational games developed by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The kiosks bring the farm to life on iPads for families to learn more about agriculture.

Pollinator Friendly Garden Farmer’s Stamp: The Minnesota Farm Bureau Other Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) planted a State Fair Activities flower display appealing to Minnesota Farm Bureau supports pollinators such as many programs outside bees. This of the building at the provided an Minnesota State Fair, example to including daily quizzes fairgoers of the at the Moo Booth, the on-going effort Ag Magic Show on the farmers are taking Christensen Farms It’s always important to provide more stage, Imagination to do everything we plants for Stations at Little can to make sure pollinators. Farmhands, 4-H Purple we are raising Pollinators are an Ribbon Livestock happy, healthy essential part of Auction, 4-H Dairy cows. our ecosystem as Showcase, the 4-H they improve the livestock exhibitor stall –Brad and Amanda Durow, environment and cards, 4-H award Dakota County help sustain the sponsorship, CHS food supply. Miracle of Birth Center “The Pollinator employee training, state Friendly Garden 4-H Ambassador As farmers, providing food, water presented an training and 4-H and care for our animals is our opportunity to speaking up for animal main priority and responsibility. inform fairgoers agriculture training. of the importance The Minnesota Farm of pollinators to Bureau Foundation was farmers,” said Madison Schafer, MFBF public relations intern. a founding donor of the West End Market. “We wanted to show individuals how pollinators are essential in food production.” Thank You! A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make Giveaways Provide Educational Value to Fairgoers the Minnesota Farm Bureau building at the State Fair a success. MFBF gave away five different books throughout the two weeks: The Kid Who Changed the World, The Apple Orchard State Fair Assistants and PR Intern Riddle, Oh Say Can You Seed, Little Joe, and Clarabelle: Making Thank you to our PR Intern Madison Schafer for her Milk and So Much More. Each day of the fair ended with a coordination and development of the state fair exhibit; to PR drawing for a children’s book. These books offer children the intern Mariah Daninger and to state fair assistants Nicole Krumrie opportunity to learn about farming, where food comes from and and Megan Stevens for their hard work and leadership to ensure more! that the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation state fair building ran MFBF again had a drawing for a rain barrel. While entering to smoothly. win the barrel, fairgoers learned how farmers have decreased their water usage in the past 20 years.

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Vincent Bruce Vincent, a third generation logger from Libby, Montana, will motivate and inspire attendees during the Friday evening banquet. During the past 25 years, Bruce has given motivational speeches throughout the United States and the world, has testified on natural resource issues before Congress and has appeared on several news programs such as “60 Minutes.” Bruce has been named Timberman of the Year in Montana, National Forest Activist of the Year, the AgriWomen’s 2007 Veritas Award Winner and in 2004 received the inaugural Presidential Preserve America Award from President Bush. Bruce and his wife Patti Jo have four children, two sonsin-law, one daughter-in-law and 11 grandchildren.

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The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) continued their Minnesota State Fair tradition with the Minnesota Farmers CARE theme. Since more than half of Minnesotans have never met a farmer, MFBF created an opportunity for consumers to ask farmers questions at the fair. Minnesota farmers volunteered all 12 days of the state fair, August 25September 5, at the MFBF building where fairgoers met farmers who are raising and growing their food.

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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 Michele DeGeest, Administrative Assistant. . . . . . . . 651-768-2151 Public Relations Kristin (Campbell) Harner, Director . 651-768-2118 Organization Development James Dodds, North Region . . . . 218-556-4667 DelRay Johnson, West Central Region . . . . . . . . . . 218-639-2092 Riley Maanum, Northwest Region 320-260-6417 Amanda Revier, Southwest Region. . . . . . . . . . . . 320-894-2600 Dennis Sabel, East Central . . . . . . 612-756-1230 Yvonne Simon, South Central. . . . 507-995-1652 Judy Pilcher, Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2114 Finance Dave Johnson, Director of Operations. . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2101 Lori Wiegand, Accounting Associate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2102 Public Policy Amber Hanson, Director . . . . . . . 651-768-2103 Judy Pilcher, Administrative Assistant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 651-768-2114

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

Communicate our commitment President’s Voice KEVIN PAAP • MFBF PRESIDENT There is no better place for agriculture to communicate our commitment to consumers than the Minnesota State Fair. From the coronation of Princess Kay to the outstanding 4-H and FFA members’ projects, the Minnesota State Fair is how we put the face on agriculture. Farm Bureau members who invest their time at the fair clearly understand that the future of Minnesota agriculture is in good hands. However, as Farm Bureau members we must remember that even when fair season is over, our conversations must continue. Our mission “to be an advocate for agriculture driven by the beliefs and policies of our members” is not a 12-day mission. As members, we must work hard 365 days a year to communicate our commitment and connect with consumers about who we are, and how we raise the food they eat. Princess Kay Listening to the 12 finalists for the 63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way and hearing their enthusiasm for dairy products and agriculture is one example of how to communicate our positive message to consumers. Every one of these young women use their communication skills and dairy knowledge to help increase the demand for dairy products, and we thank them for their time and talents. We look forward to Princess Kay spending the next year participating in public appearances, promotional events and media interviews as the face of the Minnesota dairy farm families. 4-H and FFA members Congratulations to every 4-H and FFA member, their parents and their advisors that represent agriculture at the state fair! These young people are our future. They rose to the challenge to professionally represent themselves and their communities. Minnesota Farm Bureau along with many others participate in the 4-H Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction.

This event demonstrates the improvements made by livestock farmers and ranchers to meet current consumer demands for leanness, meatiness, taste and nutrition as well as demonstrates the very best in animal care. A special thank you to the Minnesota Livestock Breeders’ Association, an overall organization consisting of 20 principal, state-wide, purebred livestock breed organizations of all species of livestock for sponsoring the event. Speak for Yourself We must communicate our commitment with groups and organizations outside of agriculture. That is why we have an advocacy program called Speak for Yourself. No one can tell the story of ethical farming better than farmers ourselves, if you are a grain or livestock farmer, you are feeding and fueling the economy. Your family, your animals and your land mean everything to you. You care about your community and our environment. You have a great story to tell and lots of people want to hear it. If you are a Farm Bureau member and a part of an organization or group that would like to better understand farming visit or call 763-273-6981. If farmers and ranchers don’t speak for ourselves, others will, and their message is not what people need to hear. Please communicate your commitment by telling your farm story. Your commitment We need your help, as a Farm Bureau member to build and maintain the trust of our customers and the public in our products and practices. We must do a better job to communicate our commitment to produce safe food, to protect animal well-being, to safeguard our natural resources and to contribute to a better quality of life in our communities.

The Rural Vote Can’t be Overlooked in 2016 Beyond the Fencerows ZIPPY DUVALL • AFBF PRESIDENT Country roads are an important part of the route to public office. There’s no such thing as “fly-over country” in an election year—and some lawmakers have learned this the hard way. Farmers and ranchers are fully engaged in the political process. They know their businesses and families have too much at stake to take a back seat during any election. While rural areas have gotten smaller over recent decades, lawmakers can’t ignore that America’s farmland and the people who live there are at the heart of what built this country, and what nourishes it still today. Our nation is run by people who show up and make their voices heard. Our friends in Kansas recently reminded us of this in the primary race for their first district. Many of the district’s farmers and ranchers felt that Congressman Huelskamp had forgotten his neighbors and the people who sent him to Washington, especially when it came to his lack of support for the farm bill that provides a safety net for farmers when prices plummet and ensures we can continue to feed ourselves. The Kansas Farm Bureau took a firm stance by calling out Huelskamp and endorsing his primary opponent Roger Marshall, to ensure agriculture in the first district would once again have a voice on Capitol Hill. Voters then stood up on primary day and called for a different approach to politics. Maintaining a healthy agriculture and strong food security requires a willingness to reach across party lines to find solutions that work. Huelskamp’s rural constituents are sending him home after

his term ends this year. That’s what happens when a lawmaker becomes more beholden to groups in Washington than their own constituents. Whether it’s the presidential ticket or a vote for a county board member, every farmer and rancher needs to be informed on where candidates stand and hold them accountable for their campaign trail promises. Our voices only stop counting when we fail to make them heard. At the American Farm Bureau, we’ve been studying the candidates’ platforms to see where they stand on the issues facing agriculture. One great resource our staff has been keeping up with since early in the primary season is our election blog ( We encourage you to check it out for updates at the national level, and reach out to your states and counties for more information on local elections. Our country needs leaders at every level of government who will listen to farmers and ranchers and work together to find practical solutions. We need to maintain a strong farm safety net. We need elected leaders who help expand markets for our agricultural exports through new free trade agreements that protect our interests abroad like the TransPacific Partnership. From reforming our immigration and guest worker system to stamping out regulatory overreach, we need men and women in office who will roll up their sleeves and address these critical issues, even when the excitement of campaign season is long over.

t CONFERENCE FROM 1A an opening address from Bruce Vincent. On Saturday, there will be three rounds of workshops ranging in topics from leadership, advocacy, education, immigration and business. Saturday afternoon will have a “Resource Course” for Promotion & Education and a conference wide service project. The Leadership Conference will also be the host to the preliminary rounds of the Young Farmers and Ranchers discussion meet. The conference will conclude on Saturday night following the leadership banquet and entertainment hosted by the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Promotion and Education Committee. Conference Details When: February 3-4, 2017 Time: Friday, 10 a.m. – Saturday, 10 p.m. Where: Sanford Convention Center in Bemidji with accomodations at the Country Inn & Suites Who: All Farm Bureau members interested in topics pertaining to leadership and advocacy Registration: Registration is due January 13, 2017 to MFBF, Leadership Conference, P.O. Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164. No refunds will be made after January 13, 2017. Costs Full Conference: $120 per person Single Room: $99 King Room Suite $119 Pre-Conference Tours: $25 per person Look for brochures and conference information at your county Farm Bureau office and on For more information, call 651-768-2115 or email


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Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance Update Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBSMN) recently announced they are exiting the individual and family health insurance market in Minnesota. Many of our Farm Bureau members in Minnesota are insured through BCBSMN, so we contacted Steve Kammeyer, Vice President of Health Insurance at Farm Bureau Financial Services to get his perspective. His team is responsible for helping coordinate the sales of health insurance in an eight state area for Farm Bureau – including Minnesota. We sat down with Steve and asked him some questions. Q. What exactly did BCBSMN announce? A. They announced, effective January 1, 2017, they are no longer going to offer individual and family insurance plans in the Under 65 market in the state of Minnesota under the Blue Cross Blue Shield name. Q. Does that mean I can no longer buy health insurance through BCBSMN? A. No. They will continue to offer employer plans and Medicare coverage through BCBSMN. They will also offering individual and family plans through their subsidiary company – Blue Plus. Q. What do the plans look like? A. We expect the benefit designs to look similar to plans currently being offered. The biggest difference will be the network of providers. Blue Plus works with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) around the state to deliver care. Instead of a statewide PPO network, these plans will utilize these ACOs in various parts of the state, as follows: Western Minnesota - Sanford Health Network Twin Cities and surrounding area - Allina Health Network Southeastern Minnesota - Mayo Clinic Network Northeastern Minnesota - St. Luke’s Network There are 11 counties in Minnesota not currently served by one of these networks.

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Q. What other options are available? A. The ACO plans will meet the needs of a majority of members. Some members may also qualify for group coverage based on their specific situation. There will be some members that will have to research other options for their insurance needs. Q. Why is this happening in Minnesota? A. It is not unique to Minnesota. This is a trend we are seeing around the country as the Affordable Care Act gets fully implemented. Many major carriers are exiting this market or offering plans with much smaller provider networks because of the extensive financial losses they are incurring. Q. Are those covered by their employer plan or by a Medicare plan impacted? A. No. As noted earlier, the only changes are for those that purchase individual or family policies in the Under 65 market. Employer plans and Medicare members are not impacted. Q. Do I have to make a decision on what to do now? A. No. These changes take place January 1, 2017. The open enrollment period for new plans will begin in November. We encourage you to contact your local Farm Bureau agent to discuss these solutions as we get closer to November and have a clearer picture of the market.

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n��Submitting County Resolutions If your county plans on submitting a resolution to be reviewed by the resolutions committee, the form is due October 14 to the state office and is available online at It can be submitted via mail or email to Separate forms are needed for each resolution. Forms are not needed to reaffirm current policy. n��Foundation Auction at MFBF Annual Meeting This year, we are seeking auction item donations from the counties of Meeker through Yellow Medicine. We ask that items have a value of $75 or greater. Counties are encouraged to let us know by October 14 if they are donating an item to receive pre-auction publicity. The live auction will be on Friday, November 18. The silent auction will run FridaySaturday with winning bidders to be announced at the Saturday Luncheon. Items should either be delivered to the MFBF office by November 14 or to the Foundation booth at the Annual Meeting no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 18. For more information on the auction or to donate an item, contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or n��Apply for Foundation Scholarships The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation offers two types of scholarships available. Al Christopherson Scholarship Any person who is a Farm Bureau member or qualifies under their family’s membership is eligible to apply for the Al Christopherson Scholarship. The applicant must be enrolled in an accredited school going into their junior or senior year of college, last year of vocational technical institute or graduate work and enrolled in agriculture or natural resource related program. Applications are due September 30 and are available at Paul Stark Scholarship The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation will award two $500 scholarships at the Annual Meeting in memory of Paul Stark. Any person who is a

Farm Bureau member or qualifies under their family’s membership can apply. The applicant must be enrolled in an accredited school and going into their freshman or sophomore year of college or vocational technical institute and enrolled in agriculture, conservation or forestry related field. Applications are due September 30 and are available n��Complete your Green Star Farms Self-Evaluation 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��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��Apply for Agricultural Professional Awards Every year the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation sponsors Foundation Awards to recognize the outstanding contribution of the following agriculture professionals: Ag Communicator, FFA Advisor, Extension Educator and PostSecondary Ag Educator.

County offices have received applications and guidelines for this year’s awards program. Applications submitted in 2014 and 2015 that were not selected as award recipients, can be reevaluated in the 2016 contest if the applicant grants permission. Applicants are encouraged to update or submit new applications. The deadline for submitting applications is September 15. Winners will be notified by mail in October. The winner of each award will be recognized at the MFBF Annual Meeting, November 18, and receive a trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, January 8-11, 2017. For more information, contact your county office or Michelle DeGeest at 651-768-2151 or To view the applications, visit n��Candidate Statements for MFB Elections The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Board of Directors elections will be held at this year’s Annual Meeting on November 18. Board of Director positions to be elected include: MFBF Vice President (two-year term) and board members (three-year terms) from Districts II and V. District II includes the counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, McLeod, Nicollet, Renville, Scott, Sibley and Watonwan. District V includes the counties of Anoka, BentonMille Lacs, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Kanabec-Isanti, Pine, Sherburne, WashingtonRamsey and Wright. The Young Farmers and Ranchers chair and the Promotion and Education chair (one year terms) will also be elected by the voting delegates. The deadline for candidate position statements and photo to be submitted for print in “The Voice of Agriculture” is Friday, October 7. Statements should be sent to Minnesota Farm Bureau, Attn: Kristin Harner, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164 or emailed to District caucuses will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 18. County Farm Bureau delegates from Districts II and V will nominate an individual to represent that district on the MFBF Board of Directors. The election of vice


CALENDAR OF EVENTS n�September 5 • Office Closed

n�November 9 • MFBF Board Meeting

n�September 7 • MFBF Board Meeting

n�November 17-19 • MFBF Annual Meeting

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

n�December 7-8 • Prairie Grains Conference

n�September 30 • Membership Year-End • MFB Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline

n�January 8-11, 2017 • AFBF Annual Meeting Phoenix, Arizona

n�November 3 • MFBF Resolutions Committee Meeting

n�February 3-4, 3017 • MFBF Leadership Conference Bemidji

discover!MINNESOTA n�Rochester Food Tours Fridays and Saturdays in September and October Rochester Come enjoy the delicious food and sites of downtown Rochester. Rochester Food Tours leisurely three-hour walking food and cultural tour will feature six tastings, while exploring Rochester. Not only will you quench your taste buds, but you’ll also experience the rich history and culture that this Med city has to offer. The goal is to bring enthusiasm to your food tastings starting the minute you embark on the tour and hope it continues throughout the rest of your foodie experiences in life. All food tastings, enough for lunch, are included. n�Trail in a Day Celebration September 10 Brainerd Trail in a Day is a community focused event designed to connect trail users of all levels to their local trail, the Paul Bunyan State Trail and the parks and trail towns (Akeley, Backus, Baxter, Bemidji, Benedict, Brainerd, Crow Wing State Park, Guthrie, Hackensack, Jenkins, La Porte, Lake Bemidji State Park, Merrifield, Nary, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Pine River and Walker) that are all united by the state trail. At 8 a.m., symbols of the trails namesake will leave from each end of the 123 mile trail. Paul Bunyan will travel north from Crow Wing State Park, and Babe the Blue Ox will travel south from Lake Bemidji State Park. They will travel by bicycle, making stops in the communities along the way, finally being reunited in Hackensack where a family focused celebration of the trail will take place at approximately 2 p.m. n�Wild about Wildlife September 17 Fairfax What are some cool animals that can be found throughout the state? Learn how these mammals have adapted to survive in their natural environment and some of the more interesting characteristics. Using furs from 15 different mammals (badger, skunk, mink, coyote, etc.) gives a different perspective on how these animals survive. You can participate in many hands on activities. n�Harvest Fest September 24 Perham Many events will be held in downtown, including petting zoo, live music, Perham train shuttle, farmer’s market, food vendors, inflatables and much more. n�Owl Prowl September 24 and October 15 Houston Owls live all around us but are very good at evading detection. Come learn how to identify our local owls by size, shape, silhouette and sound with the human and owl staff from the International Owl Center. Following the indoor portion of the program participants will carpool to known owl territories in and around Houston to call for Eastern Screech-Owls, Barred Owls, and Great Horned Owls. Dress for the weather, and try to wear clothes that don’t make noise when you move. Calling will be done from the side of the road, so very little walking is required. Children are welcome, but must be able to stand quietly in the cold for at least 10 minutes at a time. Meet at the International Owl Center at the starting time and expect to return about three hours later. n�Prairie Sugar Weekend September 24-25 Elk River Join the Kelley farmhands as they make prairie sugar, also known as sorghum molasses. Help strip the leaves off the sorghum canes, press the canes through a horse-powered press to extract the juice and stir the juice as it boils down to make a sweet, syrupy molasses. Then, enjoy a sweet treat of molasses confections such as gingerbread and molasses candy. n�Autumn at the Audubon September 26 Sandstone Free, fun day filled with activities and programs for all ages! Tour our grounds/facilities, find out about our renewable energy systems, learn how our center began, visit our birds of prey and more. Enjoy a variety of exhibits and activities. For the young and young at heart, take part in adventures like our climbing wall and zip line, as well as kids’ activities, face painting and other fun learning activities. For more information on these and other events, log onto Submit your community event by emailing or fax 651-768-2159.


AGRI-BYTES Crop Insurance Preserves Agriculture In an op-ed in the Argus Leader, AFBF Vice President Scott VanderWal explained why having a sufficient farm safety net — with crop insurance as the cornerstone — is more critical than ever for farmers. “Crop insurance provides protection against the one thing that even the most resilient farmer cannot defeat — the wrath of Mother Nature,” said VanderWal. He also pointed out that crop insurance is not a handout — far from it. To gain coverage, farmers have to put skin in the game. Since 2000, farmers have spent nearly $30 billion out of their own pockets to purchase crop insurance protection. Beefing up Agricultural Literacy Did you know that the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture partners with the National Beef Association, with the goal of providing accurate educational resources about beef? The partnership combines the Foundation’s existing educational expertise, relationships and platforms – like My American Farm – with research and financial support from the Beef Council.

businesses, farms, ranches and all sectors of the economy. The reports are available online at Government Loan Program Runs Dry, Putting Squeeze on Farmers “Government Loan Program Runs Dry, Putting Squeeze on Farmers,” a recent NBC News story, explored how in agricultural communities across the country, financial worries are growing as quickly as farmers’ unprofitable crops. “They’re suffering from the worst agricultural slump in more than a decade — and a major source of federal assistance has run dry,” noted the piece. Dale Moore, AFBF’s chief lobbyist, provided some context in the article regarding the status of financial aid for farmers provided by the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). “Those programs have reached their borrowing limit,” said Moore , adding that the FSA “Tends to be viewed as a lender of last resort.”

Marketplace: ‘Why Sugar Beet Farmers Are All in on GMOs’ “Why Sugar Beet Farmers Are All in on GMOs,” a Marketplace article, explores the use of GMO sugar beet seeds. Nearly a decade ago, nearly all U.S. sugar beet farmers started growing crops that were genetically modified to resist the herbicide Roundup. As consumer sentiment regarding GMO crops tends to be mainly negative, farmers like Duck Younggren of Minnesota are quick to point out the benefits beyond weed control. “We’re saving fuel, we’re saving trips over the field, wear and tear on our machinery, the fatigue of the person doing it. Not to mention the carbon footprint we used to have, is not there anymore,” he said. Grain Harvesting Lessons Educate K-12 Students about Important American Crops Educating students in kindergarten through 12th grade

t NOTES FROM 4A about the process of growing and harvesting wheat and other grains in America is the theme of a new series of free lessons called “Harvesting: Crops & Careers,” developed by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, US Custom Harvesters, New Holland and ConjoStudios LLC. The seven lessons introduce students to new technologies and varied careers involved in producing and harvesting grain crops and are tied to film footage from Conjostudios’ Conrad Weaver, producer of “The Great American Wheat Harvest” movie. Learn more at hemes.htm. ‘What If I Know Nothing About Agriculture? Can I Still Use it in My Classroom?’ Kansas teacher Marissa Morris guest blogged for the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

president, district board directors and state committee chairs will be conducted by all county Farm Bureau delegates during the Annual Meeting Voting Delegate Session. Attend AFBF FUSION Conference in Pittsburg Join Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) and Promotion & Education (P&E) leaders from Minnesota at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) FUSION Conference, February 10-13, 2017 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. This interactive conference brings together 800 leaders from at least 45 states. The leadership conference offers motivational speakers, minisessions, networking, entertainment and the Collegiate Discussion Meet competition. For registration information, contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or


Immigration Reform Critical for Farmers American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has joined forces with the Partnership for a New American Economy to raise awareness about the need for immigration reform. Kristi Boswell, AFBF’s farm labor specialist, explained that immigration reform continues to be a priority for farmers and ranchers across America who need access to a legal and stable workforce. “With 2016 being an election year, there’s not a lot of movement in Congress but that doesn’t stop us from continuing to press forward,” said Boswell. “American Farm Bureau is happy to join forces with the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) to raise awareness and support events all across the country.” PNAE released studies from all 50 states, making state-bystate cases about the economic benefit immigrants are providing and the needs that they fill for local small


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t AGRI-BYTES FROM 5A about how she went from being “clueless� about agriculture to being a pro at using it in her classroom. Read her post for tips, tricks and more at Farm Bureau Partners with Drone World Expo to Bring Farmers, Ranchers to November Event AFBF and several other leading groups whose members are commercial drone users are partnering with the Drone World Expo. Through this partnership, Farm Bureau members receive free registration for the 2nd annual Drone World Expo event to be held November 15-16 at the San Jose Convention Center. “Drones are the next evolution within American agriculture technology. Drones have the potential to help farmers grow more food while using less water and fewer pesticides. High-tech cameras and other airborne sensors give farmers important data to reduce their environmental footprint,� said RJ Karney, AFBF director of congressional relations. For details on the conference, go to Farm Bureau farmer and rancher members should use the VIP code “FBNEWS� for free registration. Blake Hurst on Michael Pollan and His Faddish Foodie Followers “’Ethical eating’ has taken the food world by storm, but the farms that produce most of our food have changed very little. Thank goodness,� wrote Blake Hurst, president of Missouri Farm Bureau, in his National Review article “Michael Pollan and His Faddish Foodie Followers, Ten Years After The Omnivore’s Dilemma.� As Penguin Books prepares to release a special tenth-

Join Farm Bureau members from Minnesota as we travel to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, January 6-11, 2017. Accommodations will be at the Hotel Palomar Cityscape in downtown Phoenix. Registration deadline is December 1, 2016. For additional information contact Kim Oakes at or 651-768-2111. Look for more information in the next issue of The Voice of Agriculture.

Register for MFBF Annual Meeting The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Meeting is set for November 17-19 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. The meeting will have a variety of sessions on agricultural issues, leadership development and the Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) contests and award banquets. See agenda on page 10A of this issue. For registration information, visit, contact your county Farm Bureau or Lori Wiegand at 651-768-2102 or Pre-registration is required by October 28. Registration is $50 per day. After October 28, an additional $5 will be charged per meal. anniversary edition of Pollan’s book, Hurst reected on the author’s inuence on the public conversation about food. “As a farmer, I’ve participated in this discussion, in the same way a pig participates in a pig roast,â€? Hurst wrote. He goes on to clarify that the pig roast is a metaphor, because “no dedicated disciple of Pollan would ever attend such an event, unless the pig had a backstory complete with pastures, bucolic nature, local origins, and a life worthy of E.B. White’s “Wilbur.â€? Further, thanks largely to Pollan, “the main course on the food movement’s menu has become the ’industrial’ farmer, a farmer like me, who specializes in only a couple of crops or animals and uses the latest technology to grow his wares economically.â€?

Food Waste Infographics Tell a Compelling Story AFBF and CropLife America have released a series of four food waste infographics for sharing. Reducing Food Loss Starting on the Farm illustrates how fungicides, herbicides and other crop protection tools help reduce food loss starting on the farm. Infographics in the series are Support Farmers’ Markets!, Minimizing Damage to Crops and Cultivating Stronger Plants. Citizens Have More Power Than They Realize Most Congressional sta believe constituent visits to the Washington oďŹƒce (97 percent) and to the district/state oďŹƒce (94 percent) have “someâ€? or “a lotâ€? of inuence on an undecided member, more than any other inuence group or strategy. That’s according to Congressional Management Foundation research on grassroots advocacy trends.

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September is Healthy Aging Month Think it’s too late to “reinvent” yourself? Think again. According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging Magazine and executive director of Healthy Aging, it’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion or hobby. September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older. Healthy Aging Month provides inspiration and practical ideas for adults, ages 45-plus, to improve their physical, mental, social and financial well-being. The numbers of people over 45 is growing every year. The attention used to be just on the baby boomers. The generation x-ers are elbowing their way in and have many of the same interests as the previous generation – stay active and vibrant as long as possible. There are over 76 million baby boomers today over 50, and the first of the 82.1 million generation x-ers reached that milestone in 2015. Why Healthy Aging? Drawing on the “back to school” urge embedded in everyone from childhood, the observance month’s activities are designed to encourage people to rejuvenate and get going on positive measures that can impact the areas of physical, social, financial and mental wellness. To get you started on reinventing yourself, visit Maybe you will find some that will help you think outside the box. 10 Tips for Reinventing Yourself during Healthy Aging Month 1. Do not act your age or at least what you think your current age should act like. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Now? Picture yourself at that age and be it. Some people may say this is denial, but we say it’s positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself. Tip: Don’t keep looking in the mirror, just FEEL IT! 2. Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. When you catch yourself complaining, check yourself right there and change the conversation to something positive. Tip: Stop watching the police reports on the local news. 3. Have negative friends who complain all of the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is? Drop them. As cruel as that may sound, distance yourself from people who do not have a positive outlook on life. They will only depress you and stop you from moving forward. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages, and you will be happier too. Tip: Smile often. It’s contagious and wards off naysayers. 4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. Come on. You can probably do it. Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? Tip: Make a conscious effort to take big strides, walk with your heel first and wear

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Southeast Area Program Director KATIE BRENNY HAS resigned effec�ve August ��. �e �ish Ka�e the best and than� her for her service to our Farm Bureau members. MFBF is accep�ng applica�ons for the Southeast Area Program Director Posi�on. Deadline for applica�ons is September 9. More informa�on can be found on �

YARD & GARDEN Fall Tips The following tips are provided by the University of Minnesota Extension Service Yard & Garden line. For information on gardening, insects and diseases in the home landscape visit their website at andgarden. 4�Plant conifers now and mulch the soil around them with 4-6” of woodchips or shredded bark so it takes longer to freeze. If rainfall is sparse, water weekly until soil freezes. 4�Why not try planting garlic in early September? Buy healthy, plump garlic heads from the produce section of your grocery, then plant only the larger, outer cloves. Mulch them as soil begins to freeze. They’ll be ready to dig up when the tops dry, next July. 4�Hold off pruning hedges until after your shrubs have gone dormant and lost their leaves. If you have a lilac hedge – or any other shrubs with showy spring blooms – you’re better off waiting until just after they finish blooming before you prune. Pruning any time in autumn eliminates next year’s flower buds. 4�Bring all houseplants indoors except Christmas cactus and florist’s azaleas. Keep them outdoors until night temperatures drop to the high thirties. Cold nights help trigger flower formation; buds should develop shortly after the plants return indoors. 4�Fertilize the lawn to encourage development of healthy roots and runners that will result in thicker, greener grass next spring. Sweep up fertilizer that falls on sidewalks and driveways.


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H�No Special Session for the State Legislature After a final short meeting with legislative leadership in mid-August, Governor Dayton told reporters he decided not to call a special session. Farmers and ranchers were closely watching the progress of a special session to address the tax bill that was pocket vetoed by the Governor at the end of the session. The omnibus tax bill would have provided a 40 percent property tax credit on the portion of agricultural property taxes going to school debt bonds. Bills addressing taxes, transportation and bonding, including any unfinished business from the 2016 session, will have to wait until the 2017 session.

H�GMO Labeling Bill Signed into Law President Obama signed the GMO labeling bill into law on July 29, 2016. Prior to his signature, the United States House of Representatives passed the Senate GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) Labeling compromise, S. 764, by a vote of 306-117. The vote included 205 Republicans and 101 Democrats voting in the affirmative. Nearly all of Minnesota’s Representatives supported the final legislation including Representatives Walz, Kline, Paulsen, McCollum, Emmer, Peterson and Nolan. Representative Ellison did not vote. Senator Klobuchar and Senator Franken voted in favor of the legislation when it came before the Senate two weeks earlier. Farm Bureau supported the labeling compromise that establishes federal preemption to protect interstate commerce and prevent state-by-state GMO labeling laws. • This bill is a bipartisan compromise. While the bill would establish mandatory GMO labeling, something that Farm Bureau policy opposes, the legislation provides the key to minimizing damage to agriculture from either a stateby-state patchwork of labeling mandates or labeling that is misleading to consumers and

H�DNR Releases Buffer Maps The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released the map of public waters and public ditches requiring permanent vegetative buffers or alternative water quality practices. The buffer map is available on the If you have questions or concerns, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

disparaging of agricultural technology. • The bill would preempt state labeling mandates such as the Vermont law that, otherwise, goes into effect in July and sets a de facto national labeling requirement. • The bill puts U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) (as opposed to some other agency with less knowledge of agriculture) in charge of writing the rules for how the labels look and what they say, and it gives USDA two years to complete the rulemaking process. • Meat and dairy products would not be considered GMO products just because the animals were fed GMO feed. Products, such as soup, in which meat is a primary ingredient would be exempt even if there is a small amount of biotech ingredient. • USDA would have no authority to require recalls of products that do not comply with the labeling requirements, and there would be no federal penalties for violations. States, however, could impose fines for violations of the standards under state consumer protection rules. • Products that are certified organic by USDA could be labeled as non-GMO. H�Trade Update Information on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is now available on American Farm Bureau’s new trade

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Minnesota Agriculture and Water Profiles by County Waters in Minnesota are unique and so is Minnesota agriculture. An issue in one area of the state may not be of concern in another. This is why the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation partnered with the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center to look at each county individually. The fact sheets found were created specifically for your county to use as a resource when discussing water management and farming in your local communities. Study the information for your county so you can utilize this to share your farm story with others. website- Information including information on the trade agreement, facts on agriculture’s stake in passing TPP, an opportunity to take action via social media voicing your support for the TPP, state by state fact sheets, and information on what others in the community are saying about trade. H�Farm Bureau Asks USDA for Emergency Dairy Assistance Against a backdrop of plummeting farm-level milk prices and farm cash receipts for milk sales, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) recently asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide emergency assistance for the nation’s dairy farmers.



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In a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, AFBF President Zippy Duvall said AFBF supported a recent request from 61 members of Congress asking USDA to provide emergency assistance. Duvall noted the U.S. all-milk price fell to $14.50 per hundredweight in May, the lowest level since 2009. In addition, he told the USDA, dairy farm cash receipts from milk sales have fallen $16 billion since the record highs of 2014. “The decline in dairy farm revenue has led many dairy farm families to exit the industry,” said Duvall. “In 2015 we lost 1,225 dairy farms - many of those small dairy farms where the average herd size is fewer than 200 milking cows.” H�Farm Bureau Urges Support for H.R. 5685, the Farm Regulatory Certainty Act Farm Bureau is urging support for H.R. 5685, the Farm Regulatory Certainty Act, which will be introduced by Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Washington). The legislation clarifies Congressional intent regarding the inappropriate application of regulations under the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976 to agricultural nutrient management. More specifically, the bill would reaffirm and clarify Congressional intent regarding the inappropriateness of subjecting agricultural byproducts to RCRA; codify the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations regarding the treatment of agricultural byproducts under RCRA; and prevent farmers who are already engaged in legal action or are making a diligent attempt to work with state or federal governments to address nutrient management issues from being targeted by citizen suits. In January 2015, a federal judge in Spokane, Washington, sided with environmental activists who brought a lawsuit against several dairies in the state for what they claimed was inappropriate storage and handling of animal manure.


AGTIVITY CORNER Brown Cows Make Chocolate Milk and 5 Other Misconcep�ons �ids �a�e a�o�t ��ric�lt�re 1. Farmers wear overalls and straw hats. You might think of “Old MacDonald” when you think of a farmer. Many children’s books portray farmers as wearing these stereotypical things, but in truth farmers are just like everyone else! Depending on where they work and what they do they might like jeans, button up shirts, polos, baseball caps and boots! ACTIVITY: Tell a farmer or rancher “Thanks!” Discuss ways to thank people who help us. If we cannot thank someone in person, we can write a thank you letter. Briefly discuss the parts of a letter, including the heading, greeting, body, closing and signature. They

may also want to add a drawing at the bottom of the letter. Younger students may prefer to draw a thank you picture or card. The letters may then be

where milk comes from! Then add some chocolate syrup to milk for a treat.

sent to a farmer in your area. They may also be sent to the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, which will forward the letters to real farmers! Send the letters and pictures to: American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Suite 1000W, Washington, DC 20024. 2. Farmers are men. While it is true, the vast majority of farmers are men - there are about 969,672 women farmers across the United States! ACTIVITY: Read this great farmer profile at ofile/katie-olthoff. 3. Brown cows make chocolate milk.

While many people think this is a funny joke, some children actually believe brown cows make chocolate milk. But really you need to add chocolate syrup to milk to make chocolate milk! ACTIVITY: Try reading “Clarabelle” by Chris Peterson to kids to help them understand

4. All cattle are “cows.” When you see a field of cattle you may be tempted to say “Oh look! Cows!” and if it is a dairy farm, you might be right – but not all cattle are cows. • Cows are females that have given birth to a calf. • Heifers are females that have not given birth to a calf. • A bull is an adult male that is used for breeding. • A steer is a male that has been neutered. ACTIVITY: Learn more about beef cattle with these free resources at s/learn-about-beef. 5. Farming is an antiquated practice. Push plows, horses, pens of pigs in mud – these are images that young folks might think of when you mention “farm.” However, today’s farms are much more! Farmers are using GPS technology to help them plant their fields, they are using drones to help them survey their land, and they are using amazingly high tech machines to harvest! New technology also allows farmers to precisely measure the amount of nutrients and water each plant needs. Now that’s efficient! ACTIVITY: Read “Planters and Cultivators with Casey and Friends” by Holly Dufek to learn about some of the awesome technology farmers use! The whole series is good too! 6. You can grow anything, anywhere. Transplant a pineapple to Alaska, and you might not have much luck. While greenhouses do make planting some foods easier, on the whole you simply can’t “just grow anything anywhere.” A lot depends on what is called climate. Climate is the weather conditions prevailing in an area in general or over a long period. For example, peaches grow well in South Carolina and Georgia where they can get lots of sunshine and water and temperatures almost never fall below 0 degrees for extended periods. Soil type and terrain also have a big impact on what you can grow and where. ACTIVITY: Learn more about soil by playing Thrive on My American Farm at /games/?gid=thrive. BONUS: Food comes from the grocery store. We know this simply isn’t true! Food comes from farms and ranches across the globe! ACTIVITY: Read “PB&J Hooray” by Janet Nolan to help students understand the connection and process between farm and plate. Source: American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture


MFBF Prepares for Centennial Celebration

n�Jackson County Ag Expo

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THE ANNUAL JACKSON County Ag Expo was held on July 21 at AGCO in Jackson. The Jackson County Farm Bureau par�cipated in the event and assisted with serving the meal to all a�endees.

By Mariah Daninger In just two years, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) will be 100 years old. As the year 2018 approaches, we are gaining excitement as we “look back” on the development, growth and progression of MFBF. Throughout 2018, we will reflect on the history that has made MFBF a fruitful organization in its goals to advocate for agriculture based on the policies and beliefs of its nearly 30,000 Farm Bureau member families. Throughout 2019, we will focus on the future. We are provided with a great setup to reflect on our past and prepare for our future. We are thankful for your cooperation in making our 100th year a successful celebration and anticipate the history you will bring to our attention. How can you help? As we prepare for our 2018 celebrations, we welcome the stories, photos and history you have to share. The grassroots of our organization provides a unique opportunity to showcase those experiences of our members from the past century. We are continuing to bring those personal experiences of our members to light and are looking forward to what is to come from gaining knowledge of more history. Please submit this information to MFBF, Centennial Celebration, PO Box 64370, St. Paul, MN 55164 or email to

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THE MINNESOTA FARM Bureau Federa�on (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) hosted the Summer Leadership Tour on Friday, July 15 in southeastern Minnesota. The young farmers toured McNeilus Steel, Inc; Seneca Foods; Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery; and the Red Barn Learning Center. The evening concluded with a stop at the Dodge County Fair to view the 9/11 Never Forget Exhibit. While in southeastern Minnesota, the MFBF YF&R Commi�ee also met for their summer mee�ng on July 16.

n�Bluff Country Conservation Tour

Photo by Mariah Daninger

n�AS PART OF the prepara�on for the MFBF Centennial Celebra�on, member stories and memories of Farm Bureau are being captured to be shared. Pictured is Marvin Johnson, life-long member of the Hennepin County Farm Bureau and MFBF Honorary Life member. He shared how Farm Bureau shaped rural communi�es.

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HOUSTON AND FILLMORE County Farm Bureaus hosted the Bluff Country Conserva�on Tour on July 22 with over 75 people a�ending which included elected and appointed officials. Tour stops and speakers shared what farmers were doing to care for natural resources to preserve the land and the water.

Lac qui Parle County Farm Bureau Celebrates 100 Years


Farm Bureau evolved out of what was known as Farmers’ Clubs that had sprang up spontaneously across the nation and Minnesota as farmers had sought to better their livelihoods, profession and communities. A “Bureau” is an agency or group which collects, analyzes and disseminates information while performing associated services; hence the name Farm Bureau.

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n�WHILE FARM BUREAU reflects back to capture leader stories, we also are capturing stories of why Farm Bureau will be important as we look to the future of agriculture. Kerri Ma�son, newly elected Pope County Farm Bureau President, shared her passion of why she values Farm Bureau as she looks to write the story of our organiza�on�s future.






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LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY FARM Bureau celebrated their centennial year during their Annual Mee�ng on August 11. Their history indicates that LQPCFB was organized following a series of informa�onal mee�ngs held across the county in January and February of 1916 and officially organized at a mee�ng held in the Court House on March 25, 1916. Pictured le� to right are, David Bergeson, Cole Robertson, President Hugh Bergeland, Gary Robertson, VP Joel Schu�e, Secretary/Treasurer David Craigmile.

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n�BOB FRITZ HAS been a leader in member recruitment for Farm Bureau and a Pipestone County Farm Bureau leader. He enjoys spreading his enthusiasm for membership with others while encouraging them to be a part of a grassroots organiza�on.


YOUNG FARMERS & RANCHERS We need more Young Farmers and Ranchers! The key to longevity is fresh members; to give a new vitality and perspective to an organization that must move with the times while holding onto past traditions. To give a new generations view on topics affecting the future. New Perspective As I have passed through leadership organizations over the years, I have noticed the changes made each year; some subtle, others drastic. All changes made because of one thing in particular - a different or new perspective, whether it be on something as a simple as a new banquet arrangement or a considerably more complex key part of the life of a grouprecruitment. I have had many conversations with my peers about how we feel and see issues plaguing us and have received ideas that have changed my view on topics- all because of someone else’s viewpoint. Without the valuable input from these fresh pairs of eyes we would be unable to keep up with new trends or ideas, or reach as many members. Old and New Traditions Traditions are passed on to the next group of individuals so as to instill in them the history of their past and remind them of the grassroots of their family or organization. We inherit stories and events when we become a part of groups. The best way to connect with others from our past and our future is to listen to these stories, attend these events and create your own stories and events. I personally enjoy attending the Annual Meeting and getting to see the interactions between old friends and colleagues as well as witnessing how quickly the veteran attendees accept, listen and value the new attendees. Without the past there is no growth. Without a new generation, there is no continued growth or new traditions.

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SHANTEL KOERING STATE YF&R COMMITTEE MEMBER Hometown: Fort Ripley Children: I have a four-year-old bo�le baby pygmy goat named Blessing. Educa�onal Background: I graduated with my Associate in Arts Degree in December 2014. I am pursuing my teaching licensure in agricultural educa�on at Southwest Minnesota State University, to graduate in 2018. Farm Descri��on: My family has a hobby farm with six pygmy goats, 14 chickens, two dogs, three cats, three miniature donkeys, and I take care of 20-30 head of dairy heifers and steers for my uncle and grandparents organic dairy. Hobbies: Sleeping (I am a college student.), reading, racing cars with my family, exploring new and interes�ng music, and ge�ng to know lots of new people� Why did you get involved with YF&R? I knew a few people in Farm Bureau, and it seemed like the next logical step a�er FFA. I also wanted to con�nue to Advocate for Agriculture and meet other likeminded people. Dates to Remember: Collegiate Discussion Meet on September 22 at Southwest Minnesota State University, on November 9 at University of Minnesota and dates to be set at South Central College, Ridgewater College and Crookston; MFBF Annual Mee�ng, November 1�-19 in Bloomington; AFBF Annual Mee�ng, �anuary �-11, 201� in �hoenix; MFBF Leadership Conference, February 3-4 in Bemidji; AFBF FUSION Conference, February 10-13, 201� in �i�sburgh

Our Future For most of my life, I have heard about certain topics such as water shortage, global warming and worldwide hunger. At a younger age, I often wondered who was going to find a solution to these issues as well as others. I have found the answer: me,

my sisters, my friends, my peers, all of us. We are the adults who will find many of the solutions to these crises, because it is OUR future and our children’s future. If not us, then who? For the Future of Farm Bureau, we need more you.

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n�Dodge County Dinner with a Farmer

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ON JUNE 16, Dodge County Farm Bureau hosted their annual Dinner with a Farmer at North Park in Kasson. The over 75 a�endees had the o��ortunity to en�oy a meal, meet with area farmers and watch a showing of the documentary Farmland. Pictured are the county Farm Bureau members who worked on the event.



Farm Bureau Engaged at Farmfest Farmfest was held August 2-4 at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls. Minnesota Farm Bureau held a large presence throughout the en�re show. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federa�on was among the nearly 500 companies who displayed at this year’s Farmfest. Throughout the show a variety of poli�cal and educa�onal forums were held in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center. The event is produced by IDEAg, a division of the American Farm Bureau Federa�on (AFBF).

w�Farm Bureau Day Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap and AFBF Vice President Scott VanderWal kicked off Farm Bureau Day on Wednesday during Farmfest with a free pancake breakfast serving over 1,000 people in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center. As part of Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest, AFBF Vice President VanderWal and Don Parish - AFBF Senior Director, Governmental Regulations were on the afternoon “Buffers, WOTUS and Agriculture Water Quality Issues” panel. American Farm Bureau and Grainger gave out tickets to the first 500 people at the pancake breakfast Farm Bureau. Ten tickets were drawn with winners receiving a DeWalt cordless drill from Farm Bureau, provided by Grainger! w�Pork Chops The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation and the Lyon County Farm Bureau served pork chops on a stick throughout the show. This fundraiser raised funds for agricultural and safety education, agricultural leadership development and agricultural research programs. Besides pork chops, Schwan’s ice cream, pickles and assorted beverages were also served. A number of special guests visited the booth during the three days of Farmfest. Including American Farm Bureau Vice President Scott VanderWal, Senator Al Franken, Congressman Tim Walz, Congressman Colin Peterson, Lieutenant Governor Smith and University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler. Thank you to Hormel Foods Inc., Enbridge Energy, AMPI and Farm Bureau Financial Services for their generous support of the pork chop stand.

w�THIS YEAR AT Farmfest, the trusty grillers helped serve 5,500 pork chops to the Farmfest a�endees. Many volunteers help make the pork chop stand at Farmfest a success. Money raised from the pork chop stand supports the Minnesota Farm Bureau Founda�on and Lyon County Farm Bureau programs. Lyon County Farm Bureau members pictured, le� to right, are Tim Louwagie, Clyde Madden, Caden Buysse with the Tracy Area FFA, Don Girard, Roger Coudron and Ka�e Louwagie.

w�Farm Safety The Farm Safety Carnival ran all three days and was co-sponsored with the RedBrownVille Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Chapters. The Safety Carnival offered hands-on learning for children and families about avoiding farm dangers and how to be safe while on the farm. In the Farm Bureau tent, the agriculture transportation handbook, grain bridging warning stickers and free ear plugs were available. Enbridge Energy communicated safe digging protocals and encouraged attendees to call 811 before digging. w�Farm Bureau Financial Services Farm Bureau Financial Services offered the chance to win a Big Green Egg grill, gave away coupons for a free Pork Chop on a Stick, and had popcorn and handheld fans available for Farmfest attendees at their booth located near the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center.

w�MFBF PRESIDENT KEVIN Paap, center, served on an agriculture leader panel asking ques�ons at the Congressional Candidates Forum. Farm Bureau leaders conducted radio interviews throughout the show and served on the FRED talk panel on Tuesday.

w�FARM BUREAU MEMBERS working in the pork chop stand in the Farm Bureau tent at Farmfest had the opportunity to meet with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler while working their shi�. Pictured, le� to right, Joel Talsma – Rock County Farm Bureau and MFBF YF&R Commi�ee member, President Kaler, Amanda Revier – MFBF southwest area program director and Ethan Dado – MFBF Founda�on intern. Members pictured are University of Minnesota graduates/students.

w�THANK YOU TO all of the volunteers who worked in the Farm Bureau tent at Farmfest this year, including members of the Tracy Area and Lakeview FFA Chapters, MFBF Promo�on & Educa�on and Young Farmers & Ranchers Commi�ees and Lyon County Farm Bureau. Thank you to the Renville County 4-H and Wabasso FFA for their help at the pancake breakfast.


w�THE FARM SAFETY Carnival ran all three days with the RedBrownVille Farm Safety 4 Just Kids Chapters providing hands on learning for children and families about avoiding farm dangers and how to be safe while on the farm.

w�PICTURED IS THE Beltrami County Farm Family of the Year and Beltrami County Farm Bureau family Tayler, Rachel, Abby, Tim and Rylee Ne� with MFBF President Kevin Paap. Congratula�ons to all the University of Minnesota Extension’s Farm Family of the Year recipents. See lis�ng at

w�AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION (AFBF) Vice President Sco� VanderWal, second from le�, and Don Parrish, AFBF Senior Director, Governmental Regula�ons, middle, were on a “Buffers, WOTUS and Agriculture Water Quality Issues” panel on Wednesday.

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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�ValleyScare, 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

HOTEL n�Choice Hotels Save up to 20% off rates at almost 6,300 hotels worldwide. Ascend, Quality Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, Cambria Suites, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Mainstay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotels, EconoLodge and Rodeway Inn. For reservations call 800-258-2847 or log onto ID # 00209660. n Wyndham Hotel Group Farm Bureau members receive a rate up to 20% off at nearly 7,800 participating hotels. Call ahead to 877-670-7088 to make reservations at Days Inn, Howard Johnson, Ramada, Travelodge, Knights Inn, Wingate Inn, Baymont Inns & Suites, Dream Hotels, Night Hotels, TryP, Super 8, Microtel, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Garden, Wyndham Grand and Hawthorn Suites (10% discount). Refer to group number 8000002603. Visit n�IHG Hotels Members save 10% at over 1,400 participating IHG Hotels. 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.


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.

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, click on "Minnesota," enter in your member number (i.e. 9800000) and zip code. Questions can be directed to 651-768-2114.

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�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

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

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.

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



Our seed sorting process individually scans each soybean seed and uses tiny shots of air to kick out any beans that are off-color or misshapen.


The electronic eyes are sensitive enough to pick dark hilum seeds out of a clear hilum seed lot.


The sorter is excellent at removing splits (including seed that has a compromised seed coat and is about to split) and green beans that have made it past the primary seed cleaning equipment. REMOVED BEANS

Providing you with the highest quality seed possible is the cornerstone of Hefty Brand Seed. Our seed cleaning and sorting process removes cracked, discolored, and misshapen beans to improve germination and yield at harvest.


The newest software and equipment available can sort seed not only by color and shape but also by SIZE. This allows the machines to better pick out splits, shriveled seed, and volunteer corn.


Plantability issues are common across the seed industry in part because of wide variance in seed sizes. Since our process also sorts seed by size, our seed is more uniform, improving plantability and yield.


Our cleaning and sorting process scans every individual seed and only the best make it through to get planted in your fields.

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FROM NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 23, YOU CAN GET FREE ROUNDUP WITH HEFTY BRAND SOYBEANS! HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: 1. Pay for your Hefty Brand Soybean seed by Sept. 23. You need to order at least 1 bag each of 3 different numbers, and you can switch varieties later if you would like to. Roundup Ready 2 Xtend (dicamba-tolerant) and Roundup Ready 2 Yield varieties both qualify. 2. Divide the number of Hefty Brand Soybeans you paid for by 4. That’s the number of gallons of PowerMAX you can pick up by Sept. 23 for just $12 per gallon. 3. As long as you purchase the right pre-emerge herbicide (this could include Valor, Authority MTZ, Fierce, or several others) anytime between now and next spring, you’ll get a rebate back from Monsanto that will be $12 per gallon on PowerMAX or MORE! In other words, you’ll pay $12 up front, but you’ll get $12 or more back later on, making your net cost for PowerMAX zero OR LESS!

If you’ve never planted Hefty Brand Soybeans before, we have lots of yield data to prove that our beans will yield as well or better than any other brand out there. Because of our relationships with the top breeding companies in the world, we are able to access elite genetics and traits. Plus, our beans have great disease tolerance and other important defensive characteristics. We realize that getting free Roundup is great, but you’ve got to have soybeans that provide the best return on investment possible, especially with soybean prices where they are today. Our agronomists can help you match up our numbers to your soils so you aren’t just getting the best yielder from 50 miles away – you’re getting something that will work well on your farm with your fields. Before you buy soybeans anywhere else, check with us and learn how you, too, can receive free Roundup for your farm! Between the free Roundup and putting the right soybean varieties in each of your fields, 2017 could turn out to be a very profitable year for soybeans!

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KEEP SAFE, KEEP FARMING! Your loved ones are counting on you...


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orking in and around grain is extremely hazardous even for trained adults. Under no circumstances should young children be in the grain-handling worksite. Last harvest season brought tragic fatalities and close-calls: • A 5-year-old North Carolina boy suffocated in a grain cart that was being loaded. • An 8-year-old South Dakota boy narrowly survived engulfment in a grain wagon when his shoe jammed in the bottom of the wagon gate, allowing his nose and mouth to stay above the wheat. • A 12-year-old Iowa girl was pulled under flowing corn in a gravity-box wagon that was being unloaded by her father. Emergency personnel freed her. • A 7-year-old Iowa boy died after being struck by a grain truck. Prevent these incidents from happening to your loved ones by following the Grain Handling Safety Coalition (GHSC) recommendations. Guidelines on how to prevent these types of incidents are available in the GHSC Position Statement for Youth Working with Grain, Recommendations include: • Youth under 18 years old should not be inside any storage structure, wagon or other type of equipment when grain is being loaded, unloaded or transferred. • Youth should not be in grain bins, silos or in/around flat storage structures unless they are empty, proper lock out/tag out and other safety procedures are followed, and the youth is at least 16 years old. • The guidelines also address appropriate training, fall protection (grain bins and silos usually have external ladders) and personal protective equipment. The position statement includes information on adult and employer responsibilities, and links back to other valuable resources related to working youth. Marsha Salzwedel, M.S., youth safety specialist with the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (, led development of the Grain Handling Safety Coalition position statement. • A popular video, “Following Proper Grain Bin Entry Procedures Saves Lives,” is available on YouTube, The video was produced by Salzwedel and the National Children’s Center. Source: National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety



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ntering a confined-space manure storage area can be deadly. Farm and ranch managers, family members and employees must have a complete understanding of what to do in the event of a confined-space emergency and ways to avoid such an incident. If you find a victim unresponsive in a manure storage area, immediately call 911. Inform the operator that the incident involves a person in a confined-space manure storage area so that the appropriate emergency response personnel can be dispatched to the scene. Emergency responders trained in confined-space rescue will be equipped with the necessary rescue apparatus and gas detection equipment. Do not enter the manure storage area under any circumstances. While waiting for an emergency response team, ventilate the area by blowing fresh air into the space, moving the toxic air away from the victim. Keep a ventilation fan readily available specifically for such emergencies. When using a fan, be aware of the following recommendations : • Do not use typical barn or home fans to ventilate manurestorage areas because they may emit sparks from static electricity or an electrical short. If flammable methane gas has collected in the storage area, a spark could cause a fire. • Never attempt to get fresh air closer to the victim by lowering a fan into the confined space. • Make sure that the ventilation fan does not blow the manure gases back toward you, affecting your breathable air. Preventing Confined-Space Manure Storage Emergencies Take the following precautions on your farm or ranch to reduce the risk of a confined-space manure storage emergency: • Warning Signs: Post warning signs about the risks of confined spaces and gas hazards at the openings to manure storage areas. Include warnings against walking or driving on crusted manure surfaces. • Limited Access: Limit access to manure storage areas to authorized personnel. Take these specific steps to keep people away from manure storage areas: -Equip exterior ladders with locking mechanisms. -Remove temporary-access ladders from areas surrounding above-ground tanks. -When manure storage areas are open, place barricades at the openings of storage areas. -Install and maintain fencing around uncovered ground-level

• Operate manure agitators below the surface of liquid manure to reduce the release of manure gases. • Leave one to two cubic feet of space above the manure to contain released gases. If you are unable to leave the recommended space, lower the manure level prior to agitation.

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ststststststs storage areas such as manure ponds or lagoons. • Education: Educate employees, family members and visitors about the hazards associated with manure storage in confined spaces. • Entry Plan: Prepare and document an entry plan for entering confined spaces where manure is stored. Review the entry plan annually with all employees and family members. The entry plan should include specific physical details about the confined space, descriptions of potential hazards, reasons for entry, procedures for entry and procedures to follow during emergencies. • TwoPerson Minimum: Require that two people be present for any confined-space entry and that both individuals be trained in entry and rescue techniques. The person outside the manure storage area should maintain verbal and visual contact with the person inside the confined space at all times. The person outside the storage area should be available to summon help and to implement the rescue and retrieval system, if necessary. This person should not enter the manure storage area, even in the event of an emergency. • Gas Detection: Use gas detection equipment to monitor oxygen levels and levels of explosive and toxic gases in the confined space. • Ventilation: Prior to entry, ventilate the confined-space manure storage area for a minimum of 15 minutes and continue ventilation during entry and occupancy. A positive-pressure ventilation system is recommended because of the reduced risk of fire or explosion. • Body Harness: Require that the person entering the manure storage area carry a portable gas monitor and wear an adjustable body harness with a lifeline attached to a rescue and retrieval system. A typical rescue and retrieval system uses a tripod device equipped with a winch to limit a person’s fall and retrieve a person who has been incapacitated. • Power-Source Lockout: To reduce the risk of stray electricity, prior to entry, lock

out all power sources in the confined-space manure storage area other than the positivepressure ventilation system. Additional Safety Recommendations • Remember that youth under the age of 16 are prohibited from working in confined spaces. • Provide training about the hazards associated with confined-space manure storage to every person working on, living on or visiting the farm or ranch. • Ventilate manure storage areas appropriately to increase oxygen and decrease explosive and toxic manure gases. • Remove personnel and animals from the confinement building during manure storage agitation or pumping. If you are unable to remove the animals, maximize ventilation and begin agitating very slowly while monitoring the animals for abnormal behavior. • Prohibit smoking in and around manure storage areas.

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Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation sponsors Agriculture Transportation Handbook and Grain Bridging Safety Stickers


he Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation in partnership with the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Inspectors printed the Agriculture Transportation Handbook with state and federal statutes, rules and exemptions for transporting agricultural goods on highways. Copies of the handbook are available free of charge through the MFB Foundation. For your copy of this transportation handbook, contact Michelle DeGeest at 651-768-2151 or For an online version go to, and under Consumer Engagement click on “Ag Transportation Handbook.” The MFB Foundation together with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association developed grain bridging safety stickers to remind farmers to take safety steps before entering a grain bin. To order these contact Michelle DeGeest at 651-768-2151 or

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earn what to do to prepare your farm for an emergency, natural disaster, stormy weather, hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, hail storms or flood to minimize property damage and injury to pets or livestock. How to Prepare Before the Storm When you know there is a storm coming, it’s best to prepare everything you possibly can to reduce the amount of property damage to your farm and reduce the chance of injury to your livestock or pets. Here are some storm safety tips you can follow to prepare for a thunderstorm, tropical storm or other severe weather. Secure Livestock and Animals Know what you will do with your cattle, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, llamas and other livestock before the storm hits. Like humans, animals are susceptible to injury and death caused by flying debris, flooding and exposure to severe weather. Here are some tips for keeping your livestock safe during and after a storm: • If you plan to move livestock, make arrangements as soon as possible after learning of the approaching storm. Owners of large animals should not attempt an out-of-county evacuation unless they leave at least three days before the storm. • If large livestock can’t be evacuated, turn them loose in larger pastures or pens on high ground with some solid shelter or tall brush and large trees for cover. Livestock should never remain in a closed barn. If the barn is damaged by wind, the animals could be injured or killed. • Keep livestock feed, hay, horse tack, animal medicine and other livestock supplies stored in locations that will withstand rising water and high wind. • Have enough livestock feed on hand for at least a week, and the same amount of water – up to 150 gallons per horse or bovine. • Stock up on basic veterinary supplies, including bandages, topical antibiotics, ropes and halters for restraining injured animals. • Keep a one-month supply on hand of medications and livestock supplements. Label them clearly with feeding instructions in case you cannot be there to administer. • Make sure housing, food and supplies for small animals such as chickens and rabbits are storm ready and able to withstand high winds and rising water. Smaller animals can be brought indoors if necessary. Build temporary pens in a garage. • Most damage to buildings and animals come from wind and flying objects. Heavy farm equipment should be placed under cover and tied down if possible.

Storm Preparedness for the Farm • Keep a written inventory of all livestock, including breeding and expense records, with your important financial papers. If you lose livestock, you may need this kind of paperwork for insurance purposes. • Make sure livestock branding, tagging or other identification programs are up-to-date in case some of your animals become lost. • Keep livestock fencing, gates, corrals and other enclosures in good repair throughout the year. Plan to do it in May of each year before storm season starts. Stock Up on Feed, Food and Supplies for Livestock When severe weather strikes, it is sometimes impossible to get the supplies you need to carry on normal life. This includes the ability to maintain your regular livestock feeding schedule. Don’t be caught off guard. Here is a list of items you will need to keep livestock healthy through the aftermath of a hurricane, tornado, flood or other severe weather event: In addition to feed, it is important to stock up on livestock supplies before a storm hits: • Buckets, containers, stock tanks for food, water and supplies • Branding and tagging supplies • Vaccinations, medications, bandages and other veterinary supplies • Halters and lead ropes Prepare Vehicles, Refueling Equipment and Trailers Keep trucks, tractors and similar equipment fueled and ready to use at a moment’s notice. Do not carry full cans of fuel in your vehicle unless you have a fuel transfer tank that is made specifically for this purpose. Check to make sure your truck is ready to pull the trailer. Check the trailer hitch to make sure it is secure and in proper working order.

Supplies you may need for vehicles, refueling and trailers include: • Fuel transfer tank • Fuel transfer pump • Gas cans • Livestock trailer(s) • Utility trailer(s) • Extra hitches, hitch balls and hitch wiring • Tarps and tie-downs Storm Preparedness Resources Here are some severe weather preparedness resources you can use to prepare your farm for a storm: • Emergency Boarding - Make arrangements with boarding facilities at points as far from the storm as possible. Make sure that you notify the facility if your horse is a stud or a mare is in heat. • Know organizations in your area that are prepared to rescue and house displaced livestock. • Check with your local Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, which may be designated as the lead agency for animal issues during a statewide disaster. • When a storm is coming, contact your local office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Civil Defense or state veterinarian’s office to find out more information about options for livestock in your area. What to Do After the Storm Here are some tips on what to do after a storm or other natural disaster has passed: • Livestock owners should not put themselves at risk by checking on livestock during a storm. Check on them immediately after the storm. • Check stalls to make sure that they are clear of debris, water and wildlife before putting your horses back in them. • Check your entire fence line for damage and either repair it or put up emergency orange plastic construction

fencing to keep your horses from getting onto roads or other potentially dangerous situations. • Most animals are used to being outside in bad weather and will simply need clean feed, a dry place to stand and water to help them recover from stress. • Make sure livestock have plenty of water and food, which has not been contaminated by pollutants. In some cases, it is necessary to truck in water and food or to remove livestock from contaminated areas. Add a few drops of bleach to standing water to prevent disease. • Electrolytes and vitamins may also help livestock return to normal. However, you should be prepared for the worst. If animals are injured, be ready to administer first aid or contact your veterinarian. • Most owners can deal with minor injuries such as cuts. If animals are more severely injured, call your veterinarian. Young animals are more susceptible to stress than older animals and may need more care. • Bad weather often causes pregnant females near term to give birth, so watch for newborn farm animals. • Clean up trash, limbs, wire and damaged equipment that could harm livestock. Clear and repair damaged fences. • Spray livestock with insect repellent in case of floods to protect against mosquitoes that may carry disease. • Observe livestock for signs of infectious disease such as pneumonia or foot rot. • If you’ve lost an animal, contact veterinarians, humane societies, stables, surrounding farms and other facilities. Listen to the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS) for groups that may be accepting lost pets or livestock. • If you find someone else’s animal, isolate it from your animals until it is returned to its owner or examined by a veterinarian. Always use caution when approaching and handling strange or frightened horses or livestock. This information is general and is not intended to replace or override any of the advice, warnings, or information given by local officials, FEMA, NOAA or any other official regulatory organization or government branch regarding storm safety in the form of thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, hail storms, floods or any other natural disaster or manmade disaster. Always follow take-cover recommendations, evacuation orders and any other advice given by local officials for your area. Source: Tractor Supply Company


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sound safety and health program is an effective way to manage risks, much like an irrigation program or weed control program is to crop production. Farm safety incidents are costly. Estimated costs for agriculture-related safety incident can range from $58,000 to $87,000 per disabling injury. A safety and health program can be simple and should be tailored to your specific farm. Whether you have five, 10 or 100 employees, the information that follows will help you to develop an effective farm or ranch safety and health program. A safety and health plan needs to include at least these items as part of an accident prevention program. Make these items available to your workers in a location such as the farm shop or display on a bulletin board: • Safety and health policy statement. • Workplace safety rules. • Safety director’s name and phone number. • Record keeping system to report safety and health issues. • Formal training on safety and health awareness for employees. • Periodic inspection of work areas. • Recognition of hazards. • Inform workers of safety items required by law. • Plan for emergency preparedness. • Maps locating emergency equipment and supplies. t Workplace Safety Rules Basic and specialized safety rules need to be developed for all employees. Listed below are sample rules for a farm or ranch workplace. You may wish to change rules to suit the nature of your farm. Just remember that rules are less likely to be effective if the list is long. They must be simple, easy to understand and be in a language known to the worker (e.g., Spanish, English, Thai, etc.). Post your safety rules in highly visible locations to serve as a continuing reminder to employees. t Safety Director Someone must be responsible for the safety program. It can be the owner, manager or a reliable supervisor or worker. This person should help establish a budget to ensure that the program not only meets regulatory requirements, but also effectively addresses all the hazards of a farm. Employee responsibilities for safety and health should be reviewed periodically. It is a good idea to post the “responsibilities list” in an area where it can serve as a regular reminder to all workers. t Sample Safety Rules 1. Employees will follow company rules. 2. Only qualified personnel are allowed to operate machinery or equipment. 3. Handle chemicals only if

properly instructed and under the direction of a supervisor. 4. No extra riders are permitted on any motorized equipment. 5. Absolutely no “horseplay” in work areas. 6. Absolutely no use of alcohol or drugs in the work area. 7. Wear all appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g., respirator, gloves, goggles), as instructed by the supervisor. 8. All injuries and property damage accidents must be promptly reported to your supervisor. 9. Ask questions if you do not understand the task you are responsible to perform. 10. Consequences for not following safety rules must be stated. These can range from verbal warnings to suspension to work termination. t Record Keeping System Records must be kept of all training programs and accidents that have occurred. Have employees sign log sheets indicating the training received and date it. Incidents should be investigated and causes of the incident recorded as well as all circumstances surrounding it. Keep records of hazards identified and if and when they were corrected. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all materials need to be kept in a central location and available to all employees. Also, make sure you have an adequate number of first aid kits and that workers know where to find them. t Training for Employees Conduct periodic training. Even short programs are effective. Employees should be trained at least quarterly or by season. Maintain records of all training activity. Training should begin with new hires or when responsibilities change. Training may also be required when injuries or “close calls” warrant additional training for employees. It must be timely and thorough. Use the following guidelines for designing and conducting employee training programs. These should be modified for your particular operation. Remember to tell employees what they are doing right during the training. t General Training Guidelines 1. Verify employee qualifications and experience, particularly in machinery

operation. Do not just take their word for it. 2. All new employees should receive proper job instruction and safety training for their particular job responsibilities. List minimum competencies and have employees demonstrate if necessary. 3. All employees should attend a safety training session at least once a year. 4. Short (15 to 30 minutes) weekly training sessions, called “tailgate” meetings, have proven to be effective and can be used to discuss new topics and review safety concerns of the past week. 5. A safety committee can be effective when there is a large number of employees. This committee should include representatives of workers, supervisors and management. t Training Tips • Explain how and why you want a job done a particular way. • Personally demonstrate how to do the job properly and safely. • Make certain that the employee understands the importance of their job as well as all hazards associated with it. • Before leaving new workers on their own, make sure that they can perform their job properly and safely. Stay until you are certain they are doing the job correctly. • Make frequent checks on new workers. Don’t “hover” over them. If there are problems with employee performance, repeat the demonstration of correct work procedure. Positive reinforcement is more effective than negative criticism. Remember: Good supervision is the key to safety. Never leave training to chance. t Inspection of Work Areas Regular inspection of work areas reduces and often eliminates potential hazards. Assign individuals—safety director or a member of a safety committee—to inspect work areas on a regular basis. The following items need to be inspected on a daily basis: • Equipment guards and shields • Personal protective equipment • Housekeeping • Power tools, cords and extension cords • Ladders • Hand tools • Materials handling

Written Safety and Health Policy A written policy statement is an effective way to communicate a commitment to farm or ranch worker safety and health. The policy statement need not be elaborate; a paragraph or two should be sufficient. This document is also looked upon favorably by insurance companies, regulators and others should an incident occur. Your safety and health policy should include some of the elements listed below. • The overall goal of your policy. • A statement indicating your commitment to making employee safety and health your highest priority. • Inform employees to follow all safety rules and to report all injuries to their supervisor. • Request that employees immediately bring all unsafe working conditions or equipment to the attention of the supervisor. • Inform employees that safety will be reviewed periodically. • Encourage employees to offer solutions for safety problems or concerns. The safety and health policy should be posted where employees will see it. Individual policies should be signed by the employee. Sample Safety and Health Policy _________________________ (name of farm, ranch or company) recognizes the value of the individual employee. The safety and health of our employees is our highest priority. We will make every effort to provide safe and healthful working conditions at all times. Employees are required to follow all company safety rules. Unsafe working conditions, unsafe practices or machines that are unsafe to operate must be reported to supervisors immediately. Employees also must report to their supervisors any injuries that occur at the workplace. _________________________ (name of farm, ranch or company) intends to comply with all safety laws and regulations. Safety issues will be reviewed regularly with our employees. __________________________________________ (name, title) is responsible for having periodic safety meetings, providing safety and health inspections, and making sure that ______________________________________ (employee’s name) has a healthful and safe working environment. I have read and understand the safety policy. Employee ______________________________ Date __________ Safety Director/Supervisor_________________Date___________ equipment Periodic inspections need to be carried out on the following: • Fire extinguishers • First aid and emergency equipment • Wiring, lighting and electrical boxes • Equipment storage and shop arrangement • Pesticide storage and disposal • Fuel storage • Ventilation • Emergency water supplies Recognition of Hazards In addition to regular inspections, employees need to be responsible for maintaining a safe, tidy workplace. Employees should be encouraged to let management know of unsafe or hazardous situations. t Safety Items Required by Law Safety items should be posted as required by law. Posters are available on Worker Protection Standards and other laws that can be placed in a common area. Also, items such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and records of sprayed fields need to be readily available to employees. t Emergency Preparedness and Procedures Establish emergency procedures for use in case of injury, accident or other emergency such as fire or severe weather. Post written directions near the phone for getting to the farm or ranch for individuals to give to emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.

t Establish a Safety Committee If your farm involves numerous employees, then a safety committee should be established. The committee makeup should include workers and various levels of management. The role of the committee should be to identify potential health and safety problems and bring them to the attention of the employer. Functions of the safety committee should include: • Safety inspections • Hazard control suggestions • Accident investigation • Review accident reports • Safety training • Field testing and personal protective equipment recommendations • Safety rules and work procedures • Safety program evaluation • Review job procedures • Recommend improvements t Summary Base your safety and health program on the safety needs of your farm and your employees. Make your plan simple and practical—one that catches your employees’ attention. You need to follow through with the safety plan even when things get hectic. Remember: If safety is not practiced, it won’t be used. Safety does not cost, it pays. Source: University of Idaho Cooperative Extension System


Invest in the Right Tools for Safety


hoosing the right tool makes every job easier, and the same holds true for the critical job of helping to keep people safe. Identifying and eliminating safety hazards is the first step to keeping yourself, your family and your team safe. An injury, accident or long-term illness could set your farm back, or worse, disable you from being able to perform the daily tasks necessary to maintain it. Identifying the Right Safety Tools If a hazard cannot feasibly be eliminated, basic personal protective equipment, like eye protection, gloves, protective footwear, pesticide protection items and ear plugs are the next step to help protect against short-term and long-term safety issues. Minnesota Farm Bureau is working with Grainger to offer a selection of safety tools and personal protective equipment. The Grainger Online Safety Manager® Safety Management System at can help you identify the right safety solutions and provides information on many other safety-related topics. In addition, offers a Hazard Assessment Form to help you objectively understand your needs. Complete the form and use it as a guide to evaluate your personal protective equipment needs. Fit Like a Glove Did you know the proper fit of gloves is very important in order for the best protection? Measure around the dominant hand with a tape measure to determine what size of glove will best fit. You can relate the inch measurement of your hand directly to the numerical size listed for the glove. For example, if the measurement taken is 8 inches, then you would select a size 8 glove. If your measurement is over 8 inches, choose the next size up to avoid hand fatigue. If the gloves come in lettered sizes such as XS, S, M, L, XL, use the table below to translate a numerical glove size to lettered sizing. Men’s Sizes Women’s Sizes Size Inch cm Size Inch cm XS 7 18 XS 6 15 S 7-1/2 to 8 20 S 6-1/2 17 M 8-1/2 to 9 23 M 7 18 L 9-1/2 to 10 25 L 7-1/2 19 XL 10-1/2 to 11 28 XL 8 20

Keep Your Eyes on the Job Not wearing eye protection is the most common cause of eye injuries, but wearing the wrong kind of eye protection makes up a large percentage of the pie. The most reported eye injuries occur from flying particles and objects, and the second most common eye injuries are a result of accidents from chemical splash. Both types of incidents can be common in agricultural settings. It is not uncommon for workers to use safety glasses to protect from impact of flying particles and objects. However, if you use the same type of protection for pesticide splash or for protection from vapors, you are not protected. When the hazard assessment calls for protection from chemical splash or chemical vapor, goggles should be selected instead. Right Shoe, Right Size Protective boots and shoes are sized just like other footwear. However, women’s styles are often not available. When converting women’s shoe sizes to men’s shoe sizes you need to size down two whole sizes. For example, a women’s shoe size 10 is a men’s shoe size 8. Another common protective footwear purchase is overshoes and overboots. Overshoes are sized to fit over the shoes being worn underneath and correspond in size with such shoe. For example, a size 10 overshoe will fit over a size 10 shoe. Member Discounts Farm Bureau members in Minnesota save at least 10 percent off Grainger catalog “each” price on personal protective equipment and all other Grainger catalog product offerings, PLUS all Farm Bureau orders qualify for FREE standard ground shipping. Use Minnesota Farm Bureau’s unique account number – 860600410– to “Register Now” at Create a User ID and Password and view exclusive Farm Bureau pricing. To ensure your membership discount is applied, ALWAYS reference 860600410 when visiting your local branch or ordering at 877-620-2852.

Animal Care & Safety Stockmanship is a practice which promotes positive animal handling and is important for both animal and worker safety. It reduces stress, increasing productivity and reduces potential injuries on the farm. As part of the Multidisciplinary Network to Address Agriculture Worker Health and Safety Issues project, the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) has developed dairy stockmanship resources. While these resources are specific to dairy, many concepts can be applied to all livestock farms. Downloadable formats in both English and Spanish are available at Posters and fact sheets: • Be PALS poster • Keep Calm and Move Cows poster • Stockmanship fact sheet Videos UMASH has developed a 5-part video series on Dairy Stockmanship. The videos are an educational resource intended for farmers, ranchers, farm employees, veterinarians, human resources training staff and those involved with worker health and safety training/education. The videos demonstrate stockmanship principles when working with dairy cattle. They include: • Using predictable animal behavior to increase milk production • How a cow uses her senses • Working with the pressure zone • Moving cows more effectively • Making the milking parlor a happy place These videos are provided for informational and educational purposes only. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views of the Center for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health or any other funders.

stststststst Agricultural Safety and Health Resources The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Resource Center (UMASH) is a multidisciplinary collaboration of five leading research and health care institutions. This collaboration brings together unique and complimentary expertise to address existing and emerging occupational health and safety issues in agriculture. The following are resources from the Center that can be found at s Employee Training Tools • Dairy Stockmanship Low stress animal handling can increase milk production and reduce injuries on the farm. Find fact sheets, posters and videos available in English and Spanish. • Needlestick Prevention Needlestick injuries can be a serious risk for farm workers and veterinarians. Prevention is key. Fact sheets and videos are available in English and Spanish. • Seguridad Curriculum Seguridad en las lecharias is an OSHA-approved, five-module bilingual health and safety training curriculum for immigrant dairy workers and promotores de salud. This is available in English and Spanish. s Other Farm Safety Resources Access agricultural health and safety fact sheets, posters, videos and UMASH resources in the UMASH Resource Database. Topics include: • Avian influenza • Food safety • Health and safety on the farm • Minnesota Department of Health fact sheets • Needlestick prevention • Personal protective equipment (PPE) • Pesticide safety • Petting zoos and fairs • Safety resources for Hmong farm workers • Stockmanship • Women in agriculture • Workers safety posters s U.S. Ag Centers YouTube Channel The best agricultural safety videos are just a click away: The channel is a joint project of the 10 agricultural centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Source: UMASH


ststststststs st It is a matter of life and death for drivers of automobiles and farm equipment on rural roads. Orange and red SMV (slowmoving vehicle) emblems are to be displayed on farm equipment and all other vehicles designed to travel at speeds of 30 miles per hour (mph) or less. It is not simply a reflector — it is a warning to slow down The emblem’s red border is also designed for nighttime visibility. Your car’s headlights will reflect off the red border of the SMV emblem at night, and it will appear to be a glowing red triangle floating in the darkness. It is extremely important to slow down immediately because reduced lighting makes it difficult to judge how rapidly you are closing in on a slowmoving vehicle, or what the dimensions of the SMV may be. Tips for Farmers Farmers have a role in rural road safety too. Here are tips to alleviate some hazards when taking wide equipment onto the road: • Minnesota law requires you to place a slow-moving vehicle reflector on any machine that travels the road slower than 30 miles per hour or less. • The emblem must consist of a fluorescent or illuminated redorange triangle with a dark red reflective border and be mounted so as to be visible from a distance of not less than 600 feet to the rear. When a primary power unit towing an implement of husbandry or other machinery displays a slow-moving vehicle emblem visible from a distance of 600 feet to the rear, it is not necessary to display a similar emblem on the secondary unit. • Always point the triangle up, keep the SMV emblem clean to maximize reflectivity, and replace the emblem when it fades, normally every 2-3 years. • Mark the edges of tractors and machines with reflective

Share the Road Safely

• Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblems must be visible from at least 600 feet away, but because it may be difficult to judge the speed at which you are closing in on a vehicle, you should slow down immediately. Think of the slow-moving vehicle emblem as a warning to slow down. Tips to ensure safety for motorists, passengers and operators of slow-moving equipment. Even if you have to slow down to 20 mph and follow a tractor for two miles, it takes only six minutes of your time, which is approximately the same as waiting for two stop lights.

tape and reflectors. Consider installing lighting on older machinery to increase visibility. • Turn on your lights, but turn off rear spotlights when going onto the road. From a distance they can be mistaken for headlights. See more details in the Ag Transportation Handbook at or learn more on page 4B. • Avoid highways during rush hours, bad weather and at night. • Use pilot cars, one in front and one in back, if you are going a considerable distance. Hang a brightly colored flag out the window of these pilot vehicles. • Consider installing mirrors on equipment to enable you to be aware of motorists around you. Be careful where the mirrors are placed.

Farm equipment shares the roads • While driving you may encounter farm equipment. It may be a single vehicle, like a combine, or perhaps a tractor with an implement in tow. • Farm equipment may be wider than other vehicles — even wider than one lane of travel. It is designed to travel at speeds of only 15-30 mph. • Sometimes farm vehicles must operate on highways in order to move between farm and field. Just as motorists are entitled to drive their vehicles on public roadways, farmers are legally allowed to operate farm equipment on these same roads. • If you are driving 55 mph and come upon a tractor that’s moving 15 mph, it only takes five seconds to close a gap the length of a football field between you and the tractor.

1. Be patient A farmer understands that your trip is being delayed, so he or she will pull off of the road at the first available safe location to allow you to pass. Don’t assume that the farmer can immediately move aside to let you pass. Road shoulders may be soft, wet or steep, and this can cause a farm vehicle to tip. 2. Yield to wide vehicles Some farm equipment may be wider than the lane of travel. If you approach a piece of wide farm equipment traveling in the opposite direction, and you cannot pass safely, stop. Then pull off the road to a location that will allow the equipment to pass you. 3. Don’t assume the farmer knows you’re there Most operators of farm

equipment will regularly check to see if there’s traffic behind them. However, the driver must spend most of the time looking ahead to keep the equipment safely on the road and watch for oncoming traffic. Also, most farm equipment is very loud. Do not assume that the driver knows where your vehicle is. Before you attempt to pass, sound your car’s horn to warn the equipment operator that you are there. Pass with caution • If a farmer has pulled off the road to allow you to pass, or if he or she cannot pull off the road and you feel you must pass, do so with caution. • Be watchful of vehicles behind you that may also try to pass. • If you must enter the oncoming lane of traffic, do not pass unless you can see clearly ahead of both you and the vehicle you will pass. • If there are any curves or hills ahead that may block your view or the view of oncoming vehicles, do not pass. • Do not pass if you are in a designated “No Passing Zone” or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure or tunnel. • Do not assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road is going to turn right or is letting you pass. Due to the size of some farm implements, the farmer must execute wide left-hand turns. If you are unsure, check the operator’s hand signals and check the left side of the road for gates, driveways or any place a farm vehicle might turn. By being aware of farm equipment during your travels on rural roads, you can help make the trip safe for both you and Minnesota’s farmers. Source: Oregon Farm Bureau

ststststststststststststststststststs Farming and ranching can be stressful occupations, and that stress can have a multifaceted effect on a person. There are numerous uncontrollable factors, such as unpredictable weather, untimely equipment breakdowns, time constraints and financial markets that cause stress in the lives of farm families. Stress is a physical response to perceived life-threatening events. In an evolutionary sense, it allows us to determine whether we should stop and fight or flee from an external threat. Our brains do not recognize the difference between psychological or physical threats, and therefore our bodies respond in the same fashion to something we perceive as negative, overwhelming or threatening, irrespective of the real risk to physical well-being. Each person reacts differently to stress, but some common symptoms of chronic stress include changes in a person’s sleep patterns, fluctuation in a person’s weight, fatigue, restlessness and physical health

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s s e r t S conditions such as headaches, ulcers or high blood pressure. Besides the physical effects, stress can also hinder interpersonal relationships at work and home. Chronic and uncontrolled stress can be detrimental to your health and interpersonal relationships. It might not be possible to get rid of the things causing stress in your life, but there are things you can do to help manage the stress. The following are some simple ways that a person can decrease stress:

• Exercise: Many farmers feel that the physical labor that they do on the farm is enough, but having a regular exercise or stretching program provides a break in your daily routine, benefits your overall health and provides a constructive way to relieve excess energy. Strive to exercise three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes. • Caffeine: Reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet. By eliminating this stimulant, a person may have reduced headaches, increased

relaxation, improved sleep, a calmer mood—and, counterintuitively, more energy. • Humor: The old adage “laughter is the best medicine” isn’t inaccurate—laughter might help to reduce your stress, so explore ways (social groups, books, and so on) to add some laughter to your life. • Talking: Having a strong network of friends and family can help provide necessary support during stressful times. Make sure that you have a couple of people to whom you can vent your problems to help reduce built up stress. • Relaxation Techniques: There are simple relaxation techniques that can help you clear your mind and reduce tension. Techniques include deep breathing and taking minibreaks during the day. • Sleep: If you are not getting enough sleep at night to be refreshed in the morning and energetic enough for the day, then you may need to consider a midday power nap. • Nutrition: Make sure that you are eating balanced meals throughout the day.

• Breaks: Take some time from the stressful situation by going for a walk, spending some time alone, working on a hobby, meditating and so on. Getting Help There are times when things get too difficult, and you might need professional help. Professional help can include your family physician or health care provider, a mental health professional or a support group. Listed below are some signs that indicate that you should seek professional help: • Depression • Changed sleeping patterns • Abusive behavior • Suicidal thoughts • Hallucinations • Consideration of changes in your marital status • Inability to express positive feelings • Excessive alcohol intake • Feelings of guilt, isolation, panic or being overwhelmed Source: Penn State Ag Safety and Health


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ire prevention is critical on any farm, but sometimes overlooked until it is too late. The heat and smoke of fire, along with the toxic gases and rapid loss of oxygen, can kill quickly. Without prevention and safe management practices, you put your own life at risk as well as that of family members, employees and animals. Your farm buildings, equipment and livelihood can be wiped out in minutes. Safe management practices can make the difference. • Avoid “building in” fire hazards in the initial construction of your farm buildings and management practices. For example, use all noncombustible or flameretardant materials possible. Also, keep motors and machine tools free of dust and grease. • Fight fire before it starts by keeping all ignition sources away from combustible material in and around your farm buildings. • Get proper fire insurance coverage for your livestock, buildings and equipment. • Make time for inspections and fire drills. Invite your local fire department to your farm. Let them get acquainted with your facilities and help identify any fire hazards. Ask for their input in making your farm more fire-safe and fireproof.

• Develop and carry out a fire safety inspection for animal buildings and other buildings. Follow a routine preventive maintenance schedule and checklist for fire hazards. • Conduct regular fire drills, so all family members and employees know what to do. After a drill, hold a meeting to discuss improvements in procedures and equipment. Educate yourself and others about fire safety practices. • Update and upgrade your

farm buildings to the latest National Electrical Code. Use all noncombustible materials. Install a lightning protection system and inspect it periodically. • Keep things clean and in good repair. Make good housekeeping part of your daily routine. Cut down and remove weeds and brush from around buildings. Keep work areas clean, dry and unobstructed. Never block exits or aisles, even for a few minutes. If you have a poultry building, check for excessive accumulations of dust, down feathers or cobwebs on sides, roof or rafters. Find a place for everything and keep it there. • Test your fire or smoke alarm system at least yearly. Also, flush outside private fire hydrants at least once a year. Check fire doors and shutters regularly to make sure they are free of any obstructions and in good operating condition. • Check all water control valves and air and water pressures of automatic sprinkler systems every week. • Make sure that power needs for ventilation, feed distribution and other functions are met without overloading your electrical system. Follow the National Electrical Code. Use good material and proper fuse size or circuit breaker rating. Use junction boxes at all splice points. Use waterproof wiring and receptacles, enclosed

electric motors and similar equipment in any buildings which are cleaned periodically with high-pressure equipment. Fire Extinguisher Tip Remember the phrase P-A-S-S if you attempt to put out a small fire with an extinguisher. P is for pull the pin of the extinguisher (or with some units, Press the puncture lever or release the lock hatch); A is for aim low or point the unit’s nozzle at the base of the fire; S is for squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent; and S is for sweep from side to side. Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire and sweep back and forth until it appears to be out. Never turn your back on a small fire, even if it looks as if it is out. Be prepared in case it flashes again. General Safety • Inspect all wiring and electric motors and appliances for exposed wires, broken insulation, improper grounding and improper installation. Equip motors with thermal overload relays or cutouts. • Check the heating system to make certain that every furnace or stove is in good repair. See that ducts and air shafts are clean of dust and debris, motors are cleaned and oiled (if necessary) each season and pulley belts are in good working order. Check gas and fuel oil systems for leaks and unsafe installations. Keep all types of heating devices and other equipment clean and in good condition. • Minimize hazards on site. Strictly enforce a “no smoking” rule inside any buildings or areas where flammable and combustible

materials are stored. Never smoke near storage, shipping or receiving areas where boxes or containers can easily start a fire. • Be extremely careful when handling gasoline. It is flammable and explosive. If your clothing becomes contaminated with a flammable material, change immediately. Never refuel gasoline engines while they are running or hot. • Keep flammable liquids in labeled safety containers and store them in approved flammable-liquid safety cabinets. • Keep above-ground fuel storage tanks at least 40 feet from buildings. This setback minimizes the potential for fire spread and generally is required by state laws. • Know your fire extinguishers. Select and provide proper fire extinguishers. Always make sure a wall unit matches the type of fires that could develop in that area. Different types of extinguishers work on different kinds of fires. Using the wrong unit on a fast-moving fire can cause the fire to spread even faster. • Read the extinguisher’s instructions to learn how to use the extinguisher before a fire ever starts. Make sure all extinguishers are serviced, maintained and tagged at intervals not to exceed one year. • Know your limits and always think safety first. Fire extinguishers cannot do the job of a local fire department. When a fire burns for more than a couple of minutes, the heat starts to build up and intensify. Once that happens, you are past the point of first aid. Get out of the building and let fire fighters handle the situation. Source: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences





Issues of rural concern have always been the focus of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF). As a way to keep members informed, The Voice of Agriculture offered candidates for ofce of U.S. House of Representatives the opportunity to submit a statement.

Congressional Candidates Responded to:

What will your priority issue for agriculture be in the 115th Congress? Candidates who responded are featured in this special edition 2016 section.


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1st DISTRICT Tim Walz (D) Jim Hagedorn (R)

5th DISTRICT Keith Ellison (D) Frank Drake (R)

2nd DISTRICT Angie Craig (D) Jason Lewis (R)

6th DISTRICT Tom Emmer (R) David Snyder (D)

3rd DISTRICT Erik Paulsen (R) Terri Bonoff (D)

7th DISTRICT Collin Peterson (D) Dave Hughes (R)

4th DISTRICT Betty McCollum (D) Greg Ryan (R)

8th DISTRICT Rick Nolan (D) Stewart Mills (R)

Incumbents listed first with the exception of District 2 where there is no incumbent.


What will your priority issue for agriculture be in the 115th Congress?



ur work together helps Minnesota’s farmers feed, fuel and clothe the world. Together, our efforts strengthened and passed the Farm Bill (2014). We stood strong against unreasonable regulations and brought forward commonsense solutions. Moving forward, I believe that—together—we can protect and improve the farm safety net, promote opportunities for beginning farmers and provide tools and incentives for conservation. Risk management is crucial. As the Ranking Member on this House subcommittee, my job is to work with you to ensure that farmers are protected. We fought back an attempt to cut crop insurance program in the 2015 budget agreement. I worked with both parties to help avoid a government shutdown and restore the funding. Making sure that federal agencies practice regulatory humility is a guiding principle for me. In the 2014 Farm Bill, we required that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establish an advisory board of farmers because it is critical that EPA hear firsthand how its regulations will (or won’t) work in the real world. Our work together on GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) legislation resulted in a reasonable labeling system and halted unreasonable, confusing regulations like Waters of the United States (WOTUS). Our communities benefit from the work of Minnesota’s farmers: we are all in this together. We all want clean water and air. We all want affordable energy. We all want safe and affordable food. We must help beginning farmers. Supporting innovative farming practices, offering valuable agricultural education programs and improving the ability to acquire land are just three ways that we can support young people who want to farm. Getting things done requires common sense and working together. I am proud that a recent independent study ranked me 4th amongst my colleagues when it comes to working in a bipartisan way. Thank you for your time, your support and for working with me to support Minnesota’s farmers.

Jim Hagedorn (Republican) My priority is to help sustain agriculture and our rural way of life by reducing excessive regulatory burdens and production costs imposed by the federal government. Southern Minnesota’s farmers understand the ups and downs of agriculture. But what they don’t understand is why DFL Congressman Tim Walz keeps working against them by voting for extreme EPA regulations, a carbon tax, ObamaCare, higher federal and state fuel taxes and the estate “death tax.” Unlike Walz, I am committed to sensible solutions to support farmers, including: • Federal Regulatory Reform to take power from agencies like the EPA and return authority to Congress. I support the REINS Act, legislation to require Congress to vote in favor of major regulations (over $100 million). Walz voted against the REINS Act, repeatedly. • Replace ObamaCare. Walz voted for ObamaCare and promised savings of $2,500 per year. Instead, many farmers and others are paying premiums in excess of $15,000 with deductibles so high the underlying insurance is virtually worthless. • We must replace ObamaCare with free market reforms to create nationwide insurance competition, restore the doctor-patient relationship, facilitate portable job-to-job benefits, encourage medical care shopping and reward healthy living. • U.S. Energy Independence. My opponent is a global warming alarmist who supports expensive energy policies like cap and trade. By contrast, I favor an “all of the above” approach and construction of the infrastructure projects (pipelines, refineries and distribution points) needed for America to achieve self-sufficiency and deliver Abundant-Reliable-Affordable U.S. energy. • No New Fuel Taxes. I oppose new federal and state fuel taxes because existing infrastructure budgets are sufficient to meet transportation needs if politicians focus on building and repairing roads and bridges. • Repeal the Estate “Death Tax.” Forcing generational farm families to sell their land is grossly unfair and disproportionately weakens our rural communities. I strongly support enactment of the Death Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 1105), legislation Walz voted against. The bold federal solutions I champion will help sustain family farming, strengthen our communities and create excellent employment opportunities for Southern Minnesotans.

2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Angie Craig (Democrat) For 50 years, the United States has halted trade with Cuba in an effort to improve human rights and political freedoms. However, 50 years of embargo has been largely ineffective, isolating us from a country that’s hungry to do business with our farmers and entrepreneurs. When I’m elected to Congress, I will work across party lines to lift the embargo with Cuba and open up a vital new market to Minnesota’s businesses and agriculture producers. Minnesota farmers are already doing business with Cuba. Through a humanitarian exception to the embargo, Minnesota exported about $20 million in agricultural products to Cuba in 2013 alone. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture estimates that exports to Cuba would nearly double if the embargo were lifted, raising the total agricultural exports to between $40 - $50 million a year. That means millions of dollars in the pockets of our farmers. Our state has a history of leading the country in doing business abroad. In 2013, our state sold $8 billion in exports, making us the 5th largest exporting state in the nation. As a business leader, I know that we’ve just begun scratching the surface of what’s possible. And according to a recent poll, 72 percent of Americans agree: it’s time to modernize our relationship with Cuba and expand our possibilities for trade with this country, located just 90 miles off our shores. Minnesota’s delegation is leading the fight to lift the embargo on Cuba. With Amy Klobuchar in the Senate and Tom Emmer in the House, we’re showing the rest of the country that Republicans and Democrats can work together to get this common sense legislation passed. When I’m elected to Congress, I look forward to joining with Rep. Emmer to pass the Cuba Trade Act and open up our businesses and farmers to this new market.

Jason Lewis (Republican) First and foremost, government regulations are strangling businesses in Minnesota— especially agriculture. We must stop an overreaching Environmental Protection Agency’s reckless attempts to diminish property rights by drastically redefining the Clean Water Act to include oversight for very small streams, rivers and ‘wetlands’ that flow for only part of the year. Seasonal ponds should not be considered ‘interstate navigable waterways’ subject to federal jurisdiction. Our farmers represent the best of environmental stewardship, and they don’t need bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. telling them how to maintain their property. As the third largest exporting state in the nation, we need trade deals that actually lower or eliminate tariffs and remove barriers to Minnesota agribusiness exports. That starts by expanding our grain export markets so that farmers to have access to the international marketplace and unlocking every existing avenue that will result in economic growth right here at home. Washington desperately needs to advance health care and tax reform—both of which currently present sizable burdens to the family farm. The Affordable Care Act has failed, saddling farmers with much higher premiums and less coverage. Real healthcare reform must include more choice and fewer mandates. Our tax code is riddled with very high rates for pass-thru entities, such as family farms, and loopholes for the well connected. We need a flatter, fairer tax code that allows everyone to prosper. Finally, I am committed to true tax reform that includes eliminating the estate tax once and for all. Our hardworking farmers - who have spent their lives building their business and paying taxes every step of the way - should not be subject to additional taxes when it’s time to pass on the family company just because we have a bloated federal government that can’t live within its means.


What will your priority issue for agriculture be in the 115th Congress? 3rd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Erik Paulsen (Republican) Incumbent Did not respond.

Terri Bonoff (Democrat) Three of my top priorities for agriculture in the 115th Congress are developing further trade opportunities, passing a comprehensive immigration plan and encouraging policies to promote the use of renewable energy production. The United States’ agriculture economy depends on our ability to effectively export goods to other countries. Our access to consumers in other countries is a critical component of our economic solvency. This is one of the reasons that I support TPP and will encourage further trade deals when I get to Congress. Our immigration system is outdated and does not adequately address today’s needs. We need a comprehensive immigration plan that strengthens our workforce and provides the reliability that our farms and ranches need in order to lead the world in agriculture production. We need to move towards policies that make our nation energy independent. Our reliance on foreign access to energy sources restricts our ability to operate efficiently and drives up prices for inputs and ag production. It is critical that we explore all options towards driving energy independence, with a special focus on the renewable energy sector.


4 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Betty McCollum (Democrat) Incumbent Keeping rural Minnesota and America strong requires a partnership with Congress that is responsive to the changing needs of farmers, industry and rural communities in order to ensure food security for all Americans. Farmers and the agriculture sector continue to be vital to the strength of Minnesota’s economy which is evident in the 4th Congressional District which I represent. My district is the home of dozens of agriculture related businesses, the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Science, as well as critical financial institutions providing resources to the agriculture sector. I believe the federal government needs to provide more investment in the area of agriculture research and extension. Threats from emerging crop and animal diseases, invasive species and climate change requires enhanced scientific research and skilled personnel to respond effectively to an ever changing environment. I strongly support providing additional federal assistance to crop research, as well as to loan forgiveness for livestock veterinarians who practice in under-served rural areas. As we approach the next Farm Bill, I will hear from the stakeholders who drive our nation’s farm economy, many with differing perspectives on how best to tackle some of the toughest issues being faced today. We need to listen to each other to solve important issues like immigration reform, support for nutrition programs and sustainable crop insurance. The growth of urban farming and organic agriculture present new opportunities for innovation and federal support that should be embraced to the benefit of farmers and consumers alike. Minnesota’s leadership in Congress is essential to steering agriculture policy in a direction that is good for farmers, consumers and communities. I look forward to strengthening agriculture policies that will benefit farmers, keep rural communities vibrant and ensure affordable, high quality food for all Americans.

4th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Greg Ryan (Republican) Minnesota’s history as an agricultural leader not only in this country, but the world must be preserved. As one of Minnesota’s Congressman in Washington, D.C., I will work to represent the farming industry. Farmers themselves want what I want: regulation, costs and tax reform that are workable and reasonable ensuring owners are able to stay in business as well as continue to expand and keep up with tomorrow’s needs. Crop insurance costs are of great concern to our farmers as are environmental regulations, burgeoning food and farm programs and families unable to afford to continue their family business and legacy their elders created. I believe in free and fair trade and will work to help our agricultural leaders and workers survive and thrive.

5th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Keith Ellison (Democrat) Incumbent Did not respond.

Frank Drake (Republican) Although the 2018 Farm Bill will be a “big ticket” item during the 115th Congress, I want to address an ongoing issue that goes beyond the farm bill. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to pursue ill-conceived regulatory efforts resulting in regulatory overreach. The concerns of the agricultural sector regarding excessive regulations are real. The Obama Administration has relied on the “private benefits” of new regulations in their effort to justify their implementation – which is another way of saying that the government can make better choices than individuals. Excessive regulation adds costs and creates uncertainty, not only for the agriculture sector but for our cities, counties and businesses. Depending on size and location, some farmers may be required to comply with regulatory requirements issued from four levels of government - federal, state, county and sometimes even townships. In the livestock sector, each level has the authority to establish regulatory and permitting requirements on livestock producers. Environmental regulations must be protective of public health or safety and based on available scientific information that has been subject to peer review. Regulations should be cost-effective, objective and designed to balance the economic viability of farm operations with protection of natural resources and other community interests. Many of the new requirements being placed upon the agricultural sector are being imposed without following legally-required public input procedures or a full analysis of economic impacts. Left unchecked, these actions will cause wide-spread agricultural, municipal and manufacturing expenditures that are unrelated to actual needs. In an era of budget challenges, examining the scope and impact of government regulations must be at the center of our policy discussions. The key to holding government agencies accountable is for Congress to exercise it fundamental role of oversight of the executive branch – a role that members of congress have not fully embraced and an authority that has not been fully utilized.


What will your priority issue for agriculture be in the 115th Congress? 6th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Tom Emmer (Republican) Incumbent Over the past few years, we have witnessed farm incomes declining, and continual attempts by Washington to erode Minnesota farmers’ critical safety nets. This is why my number one priority in the 115th Congress will be to expand access for the Minnesota ag community through increased trade to new and emerging markets. Since coming to Congress, promoting free, fair and beneficial international trading relationships has been a centerpiece of my legislative agenda. Minnesota is the nation’s third largest agricultural exporter, and agriculture exports account for more than $10 billion in economic output. But we can do better – even with emerging markets right here in our own hemisphere. My legislation, H.R. 3238 - the Cuba Trade Act, represents real opportunity for Minnesota’s farmers. It would fully end the trade embargo with Cuba and allow Minnesota farms to have the ability to play a significant role in the more than a billion dollar Cuban market. Over the past year, we’ve made tremendous strides in efforts to lift the Cuba Embargo, normalize relations with the Republic of Cuba and foster long-term and mutually beneficial cooperation between our farmers and the growing private Cuban economy. By continuing to foster these relationships, we can increase exports for vital Minnesota agriculture products such as poultry, corn, soybeans and grain. Many barriers for Minnesota farmers appear in trade deals and our trading relationships, especially with new markets in the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement that could come before Congress in the coming year. I will always work with Minnesota’s farmers and producers to fully advocate for trade deals that benefit our agriculture sector and the Minnesota families it supports.

David Snyder (Democrat) I’m running because I love this area. We have of hard working families who believe in the American dream that if you work hard and play by rules you can get ahead in life and make your children’s future better than the one we inherited. I’m a Vet, and I’m a Union iron worker. I’ve served my country both in the military and by building bridges, raising a family and paying my fair share of taxes. We all serve our country in our own way. Our way of life is being challenged and many believe that our children’s future might not hold the same promises we had. Many of the family farmers I have met tell me that they believe this. I believe we can do something about that. We have to realize that the next ag bill will be the most important piece of legislation that Congress will undertake. Because food security is national security, we cannot afford a repeat of the antics that occurred with the last farm bill. We need Colin Peterson to once again head the ag committee. Dairy farmers are in a crisis. It’s critical that we provide the much needed relief and common sense measures supported by the dairy association. We need a bill that recognizes that family farms are capable of producing more than food. Our farmers are also America’s energy producers. Policies that support the added value that producing energy provides are a critical component in saving both the family farm and our nation’s energy future. Finally, we need a regulatory atmosphere that recognizes that family farmers are the best stewards of the land. The sustainable farming methods employed by todays family farmers are environmentally sound, and we need federal agencies that recognize the contributions American farmers make to our nation’s future.

7th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Collin Peterson (Democrat) Incumbent The 115th Congress will take on the task of reauthorizing the 2014 Farm Bill, with hearings likely to start in 2017. As I have in the past, I will work closely with my House and Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure a strong safety net is in place for Minnesota’s farmers, ranchers and rural citizens. It is important that agriculture stays united. Recent summer storms and declining commodity prices have reminded us of the importance of the farm bill’s safety net, and I will do all I can to fight against any effort to weaken it. I will again be closely examining dairy policy. I believe the Margin Protection Program (MPP) is an improvement over MILC but sign up has been poor, and I have heard farmers’ concerns about its effectiveness. I’m going to be taking a fresh look at the way the program is structured – its administration, feed costs calculation and what milk price we use. I’ll also be talking to a lot of dairy farmers to get their firsthand experience. I will continue working with my colleagues to fight out of control EPA regulations like WOTUS, and the Clean Power Plan that threaten agriculture and rural communities. Pushing the EPA to increase the renewable fuel blending targets in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) will also be a priority. We all understand the benefit renewable fuels provide to agriculture and rural America, and we can’t turn back. As Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee I will continue to be an advocate for Minnesota’s agriculture producers and rural communities.

7th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Dave Hughes (Republican) Next Farm Bill. Congress should do all it can to reduce hindrances to trade, in order to increase U.S. agriculture exports. Increasing exports is the key to growth for American producers. Reign In the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Congress must block implementation of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule by withholding funds, pass legislation to withdraw the rule, and then reform the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and others, making them much less ambiguous. Ambiguity allows the EPA and other regulatory agencies of the federal government to continually overreach, harm American Agriculture and the greater U.S. Economy and diminish the freedom of the American people. Audit the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Congress should authorize and appropriate funds to perform a comprehensive audit of the entire department by an entity other than USDA/OIG. The goal of the audit is two-fold: One, detect, characterize and quantify fraud, waste, abuse and duplication of roles and responsibilities existing in other departments of the federal government. Two, identify areas and programs whose charters should be, in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, delegated to the states and the people. E.g. Rural Housing Service. Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP could be a major step forward if it increases economic freedom for all Americans and avoids any European Union (EU)-like arrangement which could weaken U.S. sovereignty. Congress should influence these outcomes. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Congress should encourage a real free trade agreement which avoids over-regulation and reduces tariffs and non-tariff trade barriers.

8th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT Rick Nolan (Democrat) Incumbent One of my constant priorities as a member of the House Agriculture Committee is improving the ability of our rural communities and Minnesota family farmers to compete in a global marketplace where our American farm products are sold around the world. We can increase our competitive edge by making sure every rural residence in our nation is connected to broadband internet and the 21st century economy. Getting quality, affordable broadband connections to rural America is essential for many reasons. As it’s been said, “the future is now” and a good internet connection allows students to do their homework at home, allows business owners to keep their businesses in rural communities, allows seniors to maintain independence and communicate with physicians, among many other useful applications to our rural way of life. The possibilities are endless, but it requires a significant investment, and I’m committed to being a strong partner in making sure our federal government is investing in the viability of our rural communities by investing in the expansion of broadband access. In the 115th Congress I’ll also be fighting to keep the last Farm Bill from being opened up, and listening intently to the concerns of family farmers and farm communities about what you’d like to see changed in the next Farm Bill. I have also been fighting to make sure that American farmers aren’t selling their products abroad at a competitive disadvantage. We need real fair trade that respects the innovation and countless hours that American farm families put into their products. That’s why I’ve fought to make sure new markets, like Cuba, are opened to American trade and that American farmers are getting a fair deal when we sell our products anywhere in the world.

Stewart Mills (Republican) For decades, I’ve helped serve the needs of farmers at Mills Fleet Farm – providing them with everything from stock tanks to tractor parts. I’m proud of my background and connection to the agriculture industry, and I value my personal relationships with farmers in our part of Minnesota. Having lived in Minnesota most of my life, I appreciate the challenges faced by the farming community and would work in Congress to ensure Minnesota farmers play a leading role in putting food on kitchen tables throughout our great nation. Whether I am visiting a crop farmer in Staples or a dairy farmer near Hinckley, I appreciate the relationships I have with Minnesota farmers and producers. Farmers in our part of Minnesota have enough on their plate without having to comply with over-reaching mandates from the federal government. Whenever I visit with Minnesota farmers, they share their frustration with Washington’s ever-growing overreach into their lives and the senseless government regulations and bureaucratic hurdles that threaten new investment, expansion and job creation. Under the Administration’s proposed rule redefining Waters of the U.S., if ditches and large puddles in pastures are under federal jurisdiction, many routine farming and other activities will be prohibited without a permit or be subject to excessive fines. These permitting processes require substantial paperwork and reporting obligations which can take months, or even years. The time our farmers spend on burdensome paperwork is more time away from the fields and livestock. Many of our farms have been in the same family for generations. They know best how to manage their land. We don’t need bureaucrats from Washington telling us how to run our farms. In Congress, I will provide farmers a needed reprieve from excessive government regulations and will fight any efforts to put unnecessary rules and regulations on our farmers. I will stand up to the EPA and push back against their over-reaching mandates.

September 2016 Voice of Agriculture  
September 2016 Voice of Agriculture