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Your guide to Farmfest, courtesy of your friends at The Land

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Farmfest the place to be to get the pulse of modern ag By DICK HAGEN The Land Staff Writer A new feature at Farmfest 2012, Aug. 7-9, is a forum each morning, “IDEAginterconnectivity

— the Future of Farming.” Each forum will feature special presentations by agricultural innovators and company repre-

Aug. 7-9 at the Gilfillan Estate, Redwood County, Minn. Aug. 7, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.



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Getting there The Gilfillan Estate is located on the corner of Highway 67 and County Road 13 between Morgan and Redwood Falls in Redwood County.

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sentatives in the latest advancements in technology that are already impacting the agriculture industry. You may also be entitled to a free Farmfest admission ticket (more about that later). Ray Bianchi, Farmfest coordinator, said, “we did our first IDEAginterconnectivity event in Des Moines June 28-29 and the response was amazing. Dave Frederickson About 300 Upper Midwest farmers attended. They couldn’t say enough good things about the information and new technology ideas they were exposed to. “We believe the future of farming is indeed tied to the interconnectivity concept with new Kevin Paap equipment, new systems available online and new products in the marketplace all geared to increase the production efficiency of today’s modern, highpowered farms.” Each of these 9 a.m. presentations will be in the Farmfest Forum Tent. Bianchi said com- Doug Peterson pany reps will be both “talking and showing” their particular new technology. Raven, AT&T, and John Deere are just a few of the presenters. A University of Minnesota specialist in “computer agriculture” will also be on the scene. So how might you get a free ticket to Farmfest which has a $10 admission price? Bianchi said that if you are a crop farmer and/or a livestock producer you can log on to the Farmfest website — — and See FARMFEST, pg. 3F

Loos: Stop making excuses defending modern ag ity Initiative — Board of Water and Future Impacts on Soil Resources Farmers.” Executive Director John Jasche and Because of Minnesota Polludrought conditions tion Control Agency across much of Assistant CommisAmerica’s breadsioner Rebecca basket, the focal Kent Thiesse Trent Loos Flood. Also dispoint of this forum cussing this volatile topic will be will be various state and federal Kevin Paap, Minnesota Farm water-quality initiatives. And because farmers continue to get Bureau president; Doug Peterson, blamed for much of the “dirty Minnesota Farmers Union presiwater” issues of Minnesota rivers dent; and Lawrence Sukalski, Minand streams, emotions might sur- nesota Ag Water Resource Centers face during this panel presenta- chairman. tion. Next in the Forum Tent on Aug. 7 is the equally volatile topic: The Panel members include MinRenewable Fuel Standard. nesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Keynote speaker is U.S. Sen. Al Department of Natural Resources Franken. His panel will include Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy;

Tim Rudnicki, Minnesota Biofuels Association; Brad Nelson, Minnesota Ethanol Producers Association, and Chad Willis, Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Forums have become a standard agenda of Farmfest because of the ongoing popularity of the forum concept. “I get ideas each year from people across the Midwest landscape for suggestions of new forum topics and new speakers. Plus Lynn Ketelsen’s noon-time show and special entertainment in the ‘Big Tent’ just seems to fit the overall agenda of Farmfest,” said Kent Thiesse, Farmfest forum coordinator. ‘Stop defending agriculture’ Trent Loos, a nationally recog-


FARMFEST, from pg. 2F register for the Interconnectivity forums and a free Farmfest admission ticket will be sent your way. “We’re doing this because we really want to highlight the producers coming to Farmfest. Various exhibitors will be sending out promotional offers to those farmers who preregister. It’s a real simple five-second registration and that gives them special VIP access to Farmfest,” Bianchi said. In addition to the IDEAginterconnectivity forums, Farmfest once again offers a solid lineup of political and ag-interest forums each day. Guaranteed to stir up the forum audience on the opening day, Aug. 7, is the 1 p.m. forum “Water Qual-

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Farm organizations offer free breakfast, watermelon FARMFEST, from pg. 3F demand unrestrained livestock and pestinized spokesperson for agriculcide free crop producture, cuts to the quick when he tion. talks modern agriculture. Loos will speak 1:15 “It’s time to stop right now comp.m. Aug. 8, in the ing up with excuses defending Forum Tent. Followmodern agriculture. Our agriculing his presentation, tural industry continues to be the Eric Kaler a panel takes on the envy of the world. We’ve got 7 biljuicy topic, “Consumer Preference lion people on Planet Earth today; — Future Changes for the Liveby 2050 world population will be 9 stock Industry. billion. Go figure,” are his blunt works, especially to that audience Panel participants are Cariss Neth, of uninformed protesters who Agricultural Utilization Research

Institute meat scientist; Kevin Hugoson, Minnesota Pork Producers Association president; Steve Olson, Minnesota Turkey Growers and Broiler/Egg Association executive director; Duane Alberts, dairy producer and Minnesota Farm Bureau vice president, and a representative from the Minnesota Beef Cattlemen’s Association. On Aug. 9, the University of Minnesota gets explored during the 10:30 a.m. forum “Innovation in Agriculture — Opportunities from your University.” University President Eric Kaler opens this particular debate. Additional input will be voiced by University department heads and directors including Brian Buhr, Applied Economics; Nancy Ehlke, Agronomy and Plant Genetics;

Mike White, Animal Science and Ira Muscovice, Rural Health Research Center. At 1:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Farmfest presents its annual “Farm Family of the Year Recognition which this year honors more than 70 farm families from throughout Minnesota. Minnesota Farm Bureau will offer a free breakfast in the Forum Tent 8-10 a.m. on Aug. 8, and the Minnesota Farmers Union will have a free watermelon feed at 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 7. “So besides the many, many exhibitors and the tremendous agricultural history display at Gilfillan Estate, Farmfest does indeed provide information, education, good food and a tremendous opportunity to readily touch base with the pulse of modern agriculture,” Thiesse said. ❖

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All of the following forums will take place in the Forum Tent in the center of the Farmfest site on the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Minn. Aug. 7 9 a.m.: “IDEAg Interconnectivity — the Future of Farming” 10 a.m.: Keynote Address by U.S. Senator Al Franken (Invited) 10:30 a.m.: “Congressional Candidate’s Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues” Noon: Linder Farm Network Ag Jamboree 1 p.m.: Keynote Address by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (Invited) 1:15 p.m.: “The New MN Water Quality Program — What It Means for Farmers ? ” 3 p.m.: “Grain Marketing Strategies for the 2012 Crop” Aug. 8 8 a.m.: “Minnesota Farm Bureau Breakfast” 9 a.m.: “IDEAg Interconnectivity — the Future of Farming” 10:30 a.m.: “U.S. Senate Candidate’s Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues” Noon: Linder Farm Network Ag Jamboree 1 p.m.: Minnesota Pork Ambassador Program 1:15 p.m.: “Consumer Preferences — Future Changes for the Livestock Industry?” 3 p.m.: “Stop Defending Agriculture” Featuring Trent Loos, nationally recognized speaker on agriculture issues Aug. 9 9 a.m.: “IDEAg Interconnectivity — the Future of Farming” 10:30 a.m.: “Innovation in Agriculture — Opportunities from the University” Featuring University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler Noon: Linder Farm Network Ag Jamboree 1:30 p.m.: “Farm Family of the Year” Recognition Program For more information, contact Kent Thiesse, Farmfest forum coordinator, (507) 381-7960 or ❖


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Minnesota Farmfest exhibitor’s guide Be sure to pay a visit to these exhibitors during your trip to Farmfest. This list is subject to change. 1st and 7th Congressional District Republican Party of Minnesota: 3212 2-Way Radio of Minnesota Inc.: 3105

A A Home of Your Own Inc.: 4413 Abilene Machine Inc.: 1011 ABM Inc.: 3612 Above & Beyond Construction: 3305 Accu-Steel Inc.: 536 Acme Furnace Company: 132E Acme Tools: 411 Action Sports: 325 ADM Crop Risk Services: 3611 Adrian Mfg. Inc.: 435 Advanced Ag Construction: 217

Advanced Comfort Technology Inc.: 330 Advanced Drainage Systems: 209 aemsco Inc.: 522 Aero Industries: 3508 Ag Alternatives/Y Drop LLC: 534 Ag Concepts: 4102 Ag Dryer Services Inc.: 905S Ag Leader Technology: 2603 Ag Wetland Services Inc.: 2404 AGCO Corporation: 922 Agile Manufacturing LLC: 19W Agri Drain Corp.: 4405 Agri News: 410S

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Agricultural Utilization Research Institute: 612 AgriDry LLC: 2313 AgriGold Hybrids: 3204 Agri-Systems Inc.: 4110 Agri-Tec Lubricants: 3303 AgStar Financial Services: 220 AgWeek: 4308 Ahlers Farm: 224S Air Design Inc.: 3604 AKE Safety Equipment: 4212 Alkota Cleaning Systems Inc.: 111N All America Pressure Washers: 321 All States Ag Parts Inc.: 211 Allied Distribution: 2409 Ameribuilt Buildings Inc.: 5 American Garage Door Co.: 3310

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C C&N Sales Co: T4106 CamVacUSA: 4409

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Bad Boy Mowers: 304 Bakko Industries: 637W Balzer Inc.: 825 Bayer Truck and Equipment: 925 Baywood Home Care: 3410 Behlen Country: 10 Behlen USA/Northstar Steel Buildings: 3301 Big Iron/Stock Auction: 2502 Blair’s Disc Sharpening: 3312 Blazing Trails Company: Blue Hilltop Inc.: 830 Bluff Ridge Inc.: 208 BLU-JET by Thurston Mfg. Co.: 1005 Blume Welding: 4302 Boss Supply: 831 Brandt Agricultural Products Inc.: 727 Brock Grain Systems — CTB Inc.: 620 Brokaw Supply Company: 1007 Buckey’s Sales & Service: 318 Buhler Industries: 1013 Buhler Industries: 908 Bulk Seed Systems Inc.: 401 Burchland Ag. Equipment: 132W Buzzard Gulch Inc.: 101

Case IH: 918 Catholic United Financial: 212S CBM Electronic Lighting: 4303



CanCooker Inc.: 3408 Cargill Inc.: 3401 Carlson Wholesale Inc.: 221


American Honda Motor Co. Inc.: 16 American Made Sales Inc.: 3501 American Steel Systems: American Tire Distributors: 810 AmerSeal: 3606 Amsoil: 2106 Animat Inc.: 3603 Apache Mfg.: 305 Applegate Livestock Equipment: 13 Aqua-Therm LLC: 201 Archer Petroleum: 4412 Arletta Rue & Co.: Arnold Companies Inc.: 634 Arvig Telecommunications: 2303 Avoca Spray Service: 511 AWS Air Reels: 816 AY Global Inc.: 54W Azland Inc.: 736

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Minnesota Farmfest exhibitor’s guide Cedar Creek Energy Inc.: 303S Central Plains Industries LLC: 934N CGB — Diversified Services: 2606

Channel Bio Corp.: SR09 Christianson Systems Inc.: 301 CHS Inc.: 316

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CHS Inc.: 2608 ClampTite: 3107 Clarks Ag Supply: 335S Clean Burn/Derson Mfg.: 2611 Clean Cutter Flail & Tiller Blade Co.: 2408 Cleary Building Corp.: 812 Collins Enterprises: 46E Components Plus LLC/Tracks Plus: Congressman Collin C. Peterson: 414S Conklin Products: 2304 Conrad American: 1003 Convey-All by Hamilton Systems Inc.: 636 Copperhead Ag Products: 2512 Country Cat: 1037 Country Enterprises Inc.: 410N Countyline Creations LLC: 2607 Courtland Waste Handling Inc.: 402 Crary Industries: 901 Crop Sweeper: 522 Croplan Genetics: SR19 Cross-Dillon Tire: 42W Crysteel Truck Equipment Inc.: 430 Curt’s Truck & Diesel Service Inc.: 1031 Custom Marketing Co. Inc.: 507


Judson Implement • Lake Crystal, MN Smiths Mill Implement • Janesville, MN Midway Farm Equip. • Mountain Lake, MN Lodermeiers • Goodhue, MN Marzolf Implement • Spring Valley, MN Willmar Farm Center • Willmar, MN Isaacson Implement • Nerstrand, MN Freeport Farm Center • Freeport, MN

Dairyland Seed Co. Inc.: 103S Dairyland Supply Inc.: 711 Dakota Micro Inc.: 4408 Dakota Security Systems Inc.: 4208 Dawn Equipment Co. Inc.: 527 DDSI: 416 Degelman: 522 Delta Grain Bag Systems Inc.: 218N Delux Grain Dryers: 421 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party of Minnesota: 3102 Dennis Carpenter Ford Reproduction Parts: 3213 Dick Hansen Sales Inc.: 423 Dick’s Welding Inc.: 2210 Diers Ag & Trailer Sales Inc.: 9 Diesel Specialties Inc.: 4306 Distel Grain Systems Inc.: 226N DK Diesel Injection Inc.: 2111 Dodge of Burnsville: 1001 DTN — The Progressive Farmer: 520E

E East Side Oil Companies: 2102 Easy Way Cattle Care: 517S

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Minnesota Farmfest exhibitor’s guide ecojiva Solar ComEquipment Technolopany: 412S gies: 915 Edney Distributing Erickson Marketing: Co. Inc.: 916 530 Eide Bailly: 3608 Excelsior Homes Inc.: 836 Electric Cleaner Company Inc.: 3302 Exmark Mfg.: 624 Endless Energy — Agri SC: 311 Extreme Panel Technologies Inc.: 4604 Energy Panel Structures: 637 Enestvedt Seed Co.: SR06


Fabra Dome: 230 Fair Manufacturing Inc.: 111S Fantini North America: 603 Farm Country Trader Inc.: 2605 Farm Forum: 3411 Farm Rescue: 2310 Farm Safety 4 Just Kids: 7 Farmchem: 113 Fast Distributing Inc.: 532 Fastenal: 218S Fastline Publications: 3106 FEI East: 605 Fellowship of Christian Farmers Inc.: 4100

FHR Farms/BRT Ag & Turf: SR03 First Security Bank: 3308 For-Most Inc.: 537 Friends of the Minnesota Valley: 4406 Frost Services — Spray Barn: 54E

G Gallagher/Miraco: 41E Gates Mfg Inc: 935 GDF Enterprises Inc.: 119 Geringhoff: 522 Giant Rubber Water Tanks Inc.: 4E Gideons International: 2205 Gold Country Seed Inc.: SR12


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Minnesota Farmfest exhibitor’s guide Good Earth Agri Products: 3201 Good Feet: T3102 Good On Ya:

Gopher State One Call: 4301 Graham Tire Co.: 815 Grain Handler USA Inc.: 909

Great Plains Mfg. Inc.: 932 Greener World Solutions LLC: 4508 Greystone Construction Co.: 729 Grizzly Buildings Inc.: 2103 Growers Mineral Solutions: 903N Growth Energy: 934E GSF Inc.: 4609 GSI Group LLC: 720 G-Tec Flitz L.L.C.: 2306 GVL Polymers Inc.: 505S


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H&S Manufacturing Co. Inc.: 730 Hagie Manufacturing Company: 601 Hancor Inc.: 927 Hansen Agri-Commodities LLC: 3110 Hanson Silo Company: 313N HARDI North America Inc.: 202 Harms Manufacturing Inc.: 937 Harvest International Inc.: 731 Harvestec: 726S Haven Industries: 307S Hawke & Company Ag: 203 Hawkins Manufacturing Inc.: 914W Hazelwood Enterprises LLC: 308S HCR Marketing: 18 Heartland Ag Business Group: 4411 Hector Tile Co. Inc.: 2513 Hewitt Drainage Equipment: 323 HH Fabrication & Repair LLC: 716 High Plains Journal: 2505 Hiniker Company: 606 Hi-Pro Mfg. Inc.: 3600 Hitchdoc: 403 Honeyville Metal Inc.: 436S Hoover Tarp Sales: 2206 Horizon Products: 3403 Horvick Inc.: 531 Hotsy Cleaning Equipment Inc.: 15 Hutchinson/Mayrath & NECO: 604 Hydra-Deck LLC: Hydro Engineering Inc.: 629

I Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota: 2208 IntelliAir: 3405 Iverson Tree Farms LLC: 52E

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Minnesota Farmfest exhibitor’s guide J&K Sunglass Creations: T1 J.C. Ramsdell Enviro Services Inc.: 310N J.R. Dale Sales & Leasing Inc.: 404N Jamesway Farm Equipment: 326 Janice Martin: Jet Company Inc: 319 Jewels by Jacquelyn: T3114 Jim Hawk Truck Trailers Inc.: 6W JMC: 535S Joe’s Supplies Inc.: 313S John Day Company: 232E John Deere — Kibble Equipment: 51 Johnson Drainage Plows: 40 Johnson Mfg. Inc.: 327N Jung Seed Genetics Inc.: SR18

Lester Building Systems LLC: 715 LG Seeds: SR05 Liebrecht Manufacturing: 505N Lingbeek Designs: T1109 Loftness: 506 Logos Leathercraft: T2102



Lorenz Manufacturing Co.: 207 Louie’s Toy Box: T1113 Loup Electronics Inc.: 2410 Lowry Mfg. Co.: 225S Lundell Plastics: 913


K&M Manufacturing: 4201 K&O Manufacturing Co Inc.: 332 Kaler Farms — Corn Stalk Guide: 4602 Keltgens Inc.: 503 KEYC-TV: 617N K-Fence: 117 KM Neisen Silo Demolition: 4209 KNUJ AM 860/SAM 107.3 FM: 516N Kohls-Weelborg Ford Merc. Inc.: 432 Kongskilde Industries Inc.: 817 Koyker Manufacturing Inc.: 333N Krueger Diesel: 14 Kruger Seeds Inc.: 803 Kuchar Combines: 115 Kugler Company: 533 Kuhn Krause Inc.: 822 Kuhn North America Inc.: 826 KZValve: 2508



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Goodhue, MN

Mountain Lake, MN

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Judson Implement

Smiths Mill Implement

Lake Crystal, MN

Janesville, MN

Marzolf Implement

Isaacson Implement

Spring Valley, MN

Nerstrand, MN

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La Crosse Forage & Turf Seed LLC: 2110 LA Stuart: T3106 The Land Magazine: 2402 Landoll Corporation: 717 Lankota Inc.: 928 Lano Equipment Inc.: 833 Latham Hi-Tech Seeds: 4106 Lee J. Sackett Inc.: 2609 Lee Unlimited Inc.: 535N Legend Seeds Inc.: SR20

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Minnesota Farmfest exhibitor’s guide M M&E Sales: 2509 M/C/M Fabrication: 6E Magic Water Inc.: 4112 Mark Seed Company: 3602 Mast Productions Inc.: 707 Matheson Linweld: 718 Mathews Company: 820 Maverick “Tile Finder": 4506 May Wes Mfg.: 907 McDaniel Sales: 726N McPherson Crop Mgmt/FarmWorks: 2308 MDS Mfg Co Inc: 610 Meg-Mo Systems: 3203 Meridian Mfg. Group: 802 Metalcraft by K: 206N Meyer Manufacturing Corporation: 722 MFS/York/Stormor: 602 Miche Bags: T2109 Micro-Trak Systems Inc.: 2510 Midland Garage Door Mfg. Co.: 2112 Midsota Manufacturing Inc.: 738 Midwest Metal Works Inc.: 335N Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES): 4511 Midwest Power Up of Minnesota: 2602 Mike Hansen Roofing & Const. LLC: Mike’s Sales & Distributing: 635 Miller Legal Strategic Planning Ctrs.: 2203 Miller Sellner Implement Inc.: 808 Miller St. Nazianz Inc.: 921 Minnesota Association of Farm Mutual Ins. Co.: 2506 Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association Inc.: 4605 Minnesota Corn Growers Association: 702 Minnesota Department of Agriculture: 619 Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation: 7 Minnesota Farm Guide: 224N Minnesota Farmers Union: 509 Minnesota Pneumatic Products: 437N Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council: 618 Minnesota State Patrol: 225N

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NaChurs Alpine Solutions: SR17 NAPA Auto Parts Stores/STAR Group: F2

Northstar Genetics, Ltd.: SR14 National Ag: 2610 Par-Kan Company LLC: 103N Norwex: T1111 National Farmers Patz Inc.: 433N Organization: 228N Norwood Sales Inc.: 626 Pequea Machine Corp: 905N Nature’s Best: 4512 Notch Manufacturing Inc.: 1019 Peterson Motors: 306 NDY Manufacturing Inc.: 3413 Novozymes: SR24 Pioneer Hi-Bred Int. Inc.: SR07 New Tec Inc.: 827 N-Rich Plant Food Inc.: 4206 Pluto Legal, PLLC: 3211 Nextire Inc.: 213S Nuss Truck & Equipment: 1033 Polar Furnace Mfg. Inc.: 41W Nordaas American Homes: 4104 NuTech Seed LLC: SR04 Poly Tech Inc.: 903S Norstar Industries Ltd.: 131 Nutra-Flo Company: 407 Prairie Brand Seed/Sansgaard Seed: North Country Marketing Inc.: 930 902E North Star Scale Inc.: 4503 Prairie Trailer: 906E Oaks Sales Inc.: 412N Northern Cedar Homes: 3506 Preferred Welder Sales: 320 Ochoa Roadrunner Products: 4501 Northern Grain Design & ConstrucPrincipal Financial Group: 3609 O’Connell Farm Drainage Plows Inc.: tion Inc.: 934S Prinsco Inc.: 931 226S Northern Insulation Products: 4210 Pritchett Twine & Netwrap: 4101 Office of the Minnesota Secretary of Northern Plains Track: 929 Producers Hybrids: SR21,SR26 State: 3503 Northern Tractor & Implement: 1029 ProfitPro LLC: 904E OK Tire Stores Inc.: 417 Northland Buildings Inc.: 419 Progressive Planting Systems Inc.: O’Reilly Auto Parts: 4108 Northland Farm Systems: 709 607 Northland Ford Dealers: 502 PT Steel & Fabrications: 109 P&R Countryside: Northstar Commodity: 2403 Quality Craft Tools: 125


Minnesota Truck & Tractor: 48 Minnesota Deer Breeders Association: 3103 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources: SR25 Minnesota Dept of Commerce: 4311 Mobile Washer: 436N Moly Mfg. Inc.: 438 Monsanto: SR15 Montag Manufacturing Inc.: 911 Monty’s Plant Food Co. Inc.: 4510 Moore Automation Inc.: 4211 Morton Buildings Inc.: 422 Mustang Seeds: 501 MVTV Wireless: 2411 My Pillow Inc.: 4401

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Minnesota Farmfest exhibitor’s guide R R&E Enterprises of Mankato Inc.: 3404 Ralco Nutrition dba AgNition: 52 RCIS: 2405 RDO Equipment Co.: 936 Real-Tuff Inc.: 2 Redwood Area Chamber & Tourism: 4111 Redwood Metal Works: 632 Redwood Soil & Water Conservation District: 4305 Reinke Manufacturing Co. Inc.: 633 REM/Dairyland Supply: 614 Remlinger Manufacturing Co.: 724 Renewable Energy SD: 538 Renk Seed Company: 302 Rhino/Earthmaster: 331N Rick’s Welding Inc.: 409 Rite Way Mfg. Co. Ltd.: 732 Road Machinery & Supplies Co.: 914E Robert E. Hinton — Nature’s Whisper: T2100 ROBO Rock Picker Mfg.: 19E

Roto-Mix LLC: 814 Runnings Farm & Fleet: 917 Rural Advantage: 4608 Rust Sales Inc.: 307N Ryan Manufacturing Inc: 526

S S&R Sales Inc.: 433S S.I. Distributing Inc.: 214 S.I. Feeders: 205 Scentsy Independent Consultant: Schaben Industries Inc.: 1017 Schaeffer Oil: 327S Schweiss Doors: 519 Seedpoint Solutions: 806 Select Comfort: 4505 Senator Al Franken: 2209 SFP: 222 Shivvers Mfg. Inc.: 517N Shoup Manufacturing Co: 2311 Show-Me Shortline Company LLC: 834


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Shur-Co: 415 Silver Stream Shelters: 312 Simes Systems: Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln: 57 Sioux Steel Company: 334 Skarpohl Pressure Washers Inc.: 413 Smart Massage: 2305 SoCal Flashlights LLC: 2401 Solvita Respiration Test Systems: 2504 Sommers Masonry Inc.: 223 Soucy International Inc.: 832 South Central College: 2204 Southwest Minnesota K-Fence/K-Fence: 117 Sparks Trailers: 1E Stalk Smasher: 4603 Star Trailer Sales Inc.: 818 State Farm Insurance: 228S Steel Tech Inc: 4600 Steinbauer Tuning Technology Corp.: 3610 Stine Seed Company: SR10 Stor-Loc: 3111 Structural Buildings Inc.: 2412 Sudenga Industries Inc.: 329 Sukup Manufacturing Company: 622 Summers Mfg. Co.: 723 Sunrise Ag Sales: 107N Sunrise Gardening/PT Steel & Fabrication: 109 Superior Concrete Block Co.: 428 Swede’s Portable Buildings: 406 Syngenta: SR11

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T.H. Equipment, Direct Enterprises Inc.: 4606 T.R.S. Industries Inc.: 513S Talk Inc.: 33N TapLogic LLC: 2406 Taylor Made Clothing: T1105 Te Slaa Manufacturing: 210 Teamco Inc./Snowblast: 923 Tebben Enterprises Inc.: 638 Ted’s RV Land: 838 Terra-Therm Inc.: 437S The Blue Book Building & Construction: 3208 The Land Magazine: 2402 The Legal Professionals: Somsen, Mueller, Lowther & Franta, PA: 3109 Timpte Inc.: 408 Titan Machinery Inc.: 938 Titan Pro SCI: 314

Minnesota Farmfest exhibitor’s guide Vander Haag’s Inc.: 821

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Tools-N-Toys: T1100 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives: 2301

United Prairie Bank: 206S

Track, Incorporated/ Tucker: 56

United States Senator Amy Klobuchar: 3412

TractorHouse: 215S

Universal Cooperative Inc.: 2105

Traeder Enterprises Inc.: 735

Universal Industries Inc.: 902W

Trimble: 216

University of Minnesota: 516S

Tri-State Neighbor: 2211 Tri-States Grain Conditioning Inc.: 2511 Trouble Free Lighting (TFL Lighting): 3605

Unverferth Mfg. Co. Inc.: 621 Upper Midwest Management Corp.: 2413 Usborne Books & More: T2107 USDA — National Agricultural Statistics Service: 4403

True North Steel: 1035 Twin Valley Tire: 20 Two Guys From Scott County Inc.: T2103

USDA — NRCS: 4404 USDA Farm Service Agency: 4402 USDA Rural Development: 4304



U.S.A. Fuel Trailers LLC: 906W

Valley Engineering Inc.: 34

United FCS: F1

Van Ahn & Company Inc.: 2107

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Willmar Fabrication LLC: 32 W.W. Tire Service Inc: 55 Wabasso Diesel Service: 303N Wil-Rich LLC: 701 Walco USA Inc.: 528 Wilson Trailer Sales of Minnesota Waste Oil Furnace Distributing LLC: Inc.: 912 404S Winkler Structures: 107 Water Furnace International: 2100 Winnebago Manufacturing: 50 Water Treatment & Conditioning System LLC: 2501 Wisconsin Plastic Drain Tile Corp.: 3313 Watkins Products: T3101 Wayne’s Inc: 309 WNAX: 520W Weigh Rite Scale: 3306 Wood & Conn Corporation: 721 Wensman Seed: SR13 Woodford Ag LLC: 736 Werk Weld Inc.: 12 Wood-Mizer Products Inc.: 837 West Point Design Inc.: 331S Worthington Ag Parts: 418 Westfield Industries c/o Ag Growth: 322 Your Next Tire: 518 Westman Freightliner Inc.: 337 Ziegler CAT: 1021 Westmor Industries: 317N Zinniel Electric Company: 414N WFS: 308N Zoske’s Sales & Service Inc.: 328N ❖

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Wieser Concrete Products: 121


United Farmers Coop: 4610

Wick Buildings LLC: 431


Tom’s Farm Toys: T4100

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New state Pork Ambassador to be named at Farmfest The 2013 Minnesota Pork Ambassador and the first and second runners-up will be selected, Aug. 8 at Farmfest. The public is encouraged to attend the program. The pork ambassador candidates will be introduced and the winners announced at a special 1 p.m. program in the Forum Tent on the Farmfest grounds. Program emcee will be farm broadcaster Lynn Ketelsen of the Linder Farm Network. A three-judge panel will select the top three individuals from a field of 17 county pork ambassadors. The candidate judging takes place on Aug. 6-8. The selection process includes a personal interview with the judges, public presentation on a swine-related topic, written essay and group interaction. The public is also encouraged to attend the pork ambassador candidates’ public presentations from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Aug. 7, in the Minnesota Soybean/Minnesota Pork Tent. The Minnesota Pork Ambassador and runners-up will represent the state’s 4,200 pork producing families at various educational and promotional functions throughout the year. The top placing individual earns a $1,500 scholarship, and first and second runners-up receive $750 and $500 scholarships, respec-

tively. Judges also recognize the writer of the best essay with a $250 scholarship and the ambassadors will select a congeniality winner. Pork Ambassador event schedule Aug. 6 Noon-4:15 p.m.: Pork Ambassador Personal Interviews, Select Inn, Redwood Falls 5:30 p.m.: Pork Ambassador Supper and Orientation Meeting, Pizza Ranch, Redwood Falls Aug. 7 8-10 a.m.: Pork Ambassador Presentations, Minnesota Soybean/Minnesota Pork Tent 2:30-4:15 p.m.: Pork Ambassador Presentations, Minnesota Soybean/Minnesota Pork Tent 5:30 p.m.: Pork Party, 4-H Building, Redwood County Fairgrounds, Redwood Falls 6:30 p.m.: Biodiesel Tractor Pull, Grandstand, Redwood County, Fairgrounds Redwood Falls Aug. 8 9 a.m.: Group Activity Noon: Pork Ambassador Group Pictures 1 p.m.: Pork Ambassador Awards, Program, Forum Tent ❖

Meet your candidates Blue Earth County Samantha Smith, the daughter of Bart and Patty Smith of Amboy, is ambassador for the Blue Earth County Pork Producers Association. Smith will study agribusiness production at South Central College, North Mankato, Minn., in the fall. After many years of working in barns, Smith’s interest in swine has grown immensely. Smith’s enthusiasm for pork production, combined with her motivational and leadership skills, are qualities she would bring to the position of Minnesota Pork Ambassador. “There are a lot of negative messages that are being said about the swine industry and it is my goal to help end those negative messages,” she said. Smith is active in her community and as a member of the Blue Earth County Pork Producers Association. She enjoys volunteering at grilling events and promoting the swine industry throughout the county. Smith believes antibiotics and sow housing are the most critical

issues for the swine industry today. As an ambassador, it’s her goal to help educate the public on critical issues and to help consumers see how producers care for their animals. “We are doing what we can to produce the amount of pork needed to feed the world,” Smith said. Dakota County Brad Kluver, the son of Rusty and Nancy Kluver of Northfield, represents the Dakota County Pork Producers Association. Kluver is an elementary education major at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. His career goal is to teach in Minnesota for a few years and return to college for a master’s degree. Kluver states that he enjoys educating the public, especially youth, on agricultural topics. Growing up on a farm and being involved with pigs his entire life has made Kluver passionate See PORK, pg. 22F

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Meet your candidates PORK, from pg. 20F for the swine industry. Because 4-H had a significant influence on Kluver, he continues his 4-H involvement by helping at the county fair auction and swine show. He also volunteers at the Minnesota State Fair Oink Booth, helps with after-school activities at the elementary school in St. Peter and is a summer baseball coach. He says a key issue the swine industry faces is consumers’ lack of knowledge about pork production. “Farmers have done a better job getting out and interacting with the public, but they can continue to talk with consumers,” he said. East Central Counties Molly Briggle, the daughter of the Lee and Patty Todnem of Milaca, represents the East Central Pork Producers Association as its ambassador. Briggle plans to attend Central Lakes Community College, Brainerd, Minn., to study photojournalism or education. Her long-term goal is to start her own herd of pigs to raise and show. Briggle has been an active member of the local pork producers association by volunteering at promotional events and engaging with consumers. Briggle’s involvement has taught her many life-long skills and the importance of being involved. Briggle believes the myths consumers are exposed to is one of the pork industry’s greatest challenges. “The opportunity to become a Minnesota Pork Ambassador gives me the tools to properly interact with and educate the general public about the swine industry,” she said. “Many years of

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interacting with the general public at the Minnesota State Fair has shown me the common beliefs and manufactured myths of the swine industry. With some simple searching and asking, everyone can see the beauty and benefits of pigs worldwide.” East Central Counties Kirsten Pike, the daughter of Gary and Carrie Pike of Braham, represents the East Central Pork Producers Association as its ambassador. Pike plans to attend South Dakota State University, Brookings. At SDSU Pike will be majoring in childhood education and would like to obtain her coaching certificate. Pike has been active in 4-H and many other school activities. Being involved has helped her become an organized and goal-orientated person. It is her goal to educate producers and showmen on how to properly feed hogs when preparing for shows. Encouraging pork producers to share how they care for their animals is one goal Pike would set for herself as a Minnesota Pork Ambassador. Not only does she want to interact with the producers, she also wants to meet consumers and help them understand that pork is safe to eat. “I’m not afraid to stand up in front of a crowd and talk to consumers about the swine industry, an industry that I am very passionate about,” Pike said. Freeborn County Annabelle Randall, the daughter of Tim and Melody Randall of Hollandale, is the Freeborn County Pork Producers Association Ambassador. Randall will attend Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Okla. this fall to study elementary education and Spanish. “My plans after college are what really excite and motivate me,” she said. “I want to find a job in an underprivileged area where many of the kids have a challenging home life. Besides helping the children See PORK, pg. 23F

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PORK, from pg. 22F get an education, I want to influence them in ways that will impact their life: caring about them, teaching them life skills and being a role model.” Randall is active in her school, church and community. Through her involvement, Randall has gained many skills that she will continue to use while achieving her life goals and promoting the swine industry as an ambassador. Randall sees public criticism as the biggest issue the swine industry is dealing with today. While on a trip to Washington, D.C., she had the chance to experience an animal rights demonstration. While listening to what the lady had to say, thoughts flooded Randall’s head. Her goal as a pork ambassador is to help the public better understand the pork industry. “Being a pork producer is my family’s business. We care about our animals and we would lose money if we abused our hogs like the woman said pork producers routinely do,” Randall said.

Le Sueur County Brad Richter, the son of Dave and Karen Richter of Montgomery, is an ambassador for the Le Sueur County Pork Producers Association. Richter will attend South Central College, North Mankato, Minn., in the fall where he will focus on agriculture and diesel mechanics. His goal is to develop skills that will allow him to properly maintain and repair farm and livestock equipment. Upon completion of his college career, Richter would like to return to his family’s farm. As an active 4-H and FFA member, Richter has served in many leadership positions and continues to help mentor young members in livestock programs. Showing livestock and being a member of the general livestock judging team has given Richter the opportunity to show his passion for agriculture. Richter feels the pork industry’s greatest challenges are animal welfare, gestation stall use, antibiotic use, increased input costs, See PORK, pg. 24F


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Le Sueur County Brett Schwartz, the son of Alan and Barb Schwartz of Le Sueur, is an ambassador for the Le Sueur County Pork Producers Association. Schwartz majors in agricultural education and minors in agronomy and animal science at the University of Minnesota. After college, he would like to return to the family farm. Management and organizational skills, plus a good work ethic are just a few qualities Schwartz possesses that would serve him well if selected as the Minnesota Pork Ambassador. “I have dealt with diverse problems in the pork industry and have been able to listen to different views that people have about swine production,” he said. Schwartz is involved in 4-H as a showman and as a county superintendent. He has also volunteered at the Minnesota State Fair Oink Booth. As an advocate for the swine industry, Schwartz’s goal is to influence and engage consumers on its importance and to show the public that animal care is a top priority on hog farms.

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Martin County Haley Ammann, the daughter of David and Michele Ammann of Truman, represents the Martin County Pork Producers Association as an ambassador. Ammann plans to attend cosmetology school in Mankato, Minn., and would like to also earn a business degree and open her own business. Ammann has been active in 4-H and her projects include exhibiting livestock. In school, Ammann is involved in student council and helps mentor younger students. “Being a leader in my school has shown me I’m confident and always positive,” she said. “I always try to bring out the best in people.” Ammann would like to serve as the Minnesota Pork Ambassador because she wants to teach others about the pork industry and share a positive story about Minnesota pork production. She believes showing consumers that hog farmers care about their animals is a challenge the industry faces today. It is important to Ammann that the public knows that her family cares about the animals they are raising. “We take pride in raising pigs, not because it’s our job, but because we care,” Ammann said. Martin County Braden Grefe of Fairmont is pork ambassador for the Martin County Pork Producers Association and See PORK, pg. 26F


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PORK, from pg. 24F is the son of Brian and Julie Thate and Jeff Grefe. Grefe will attend the University of Minnesota or Iowa State University, Ames, to study veterinary medicine. Upon completion of college, Grefe would like to return to a rural community to practice large animal veterinary medicine. His work experience as a herdsman in a swine barn has given Grefe many hands-on experiences that will be useful as a veterinary medicine student. Grefe says that sow housing is the

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biggest challenge the swine industry currently faces. “My perspective is that there are both advantages and disadvantages to each housing system,” he said. “I believe there needs to be more research completed on the topic before people move forward.” Grefe is active in 4-H, his church and as a member of the national and state Shorthair Pointer Clubs. Responsibility, character, an outgoing personality and being a hard worker are just a few skills that Grefe has to offer to the Minnesota Pork Ambassador program. Mower County Lee Kloeckner, the son of John and Barb Kloeckner of Adams, is the Mower County Pork Producers Association Ambassador. Kloeckner is a University of Minnesota student studying veterinary science. His career goals include acceptance into the VetFAST program and eventually open a veterinary clinic. Kloeckner is active in 4-H, church choir and the U of M’s Agricultural Education Club and Block and Bridle. “My involvement in the FFA has had the greatest impact on my goals,” Kloeckner said. Kloeckner aspires to be the Minnesota Pork Ambassador because he wants to help promote the swine industry and it’s an opportunity to meet new people and share his ideas with others. Negative publicity from animal rights groups is one challenge he feels the swine industry faces. Kloeckner believes this problem can be combated with increases in advertising by the pork industry. “Something needs to be done to decrease the negative publicity and I feel that I can help take action,” Kloeckner said.



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Olmsted County Matthew Welter, the son of Randy and Myrna Welter of Stewartville, is ambassador for the Olmsted County Pork Ambassadors Association. Welter plans to attend Iowa State University, Ames, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agricultural biochemistry and to eventually earn his doctorate degree in agricultural biochemistry. His career goal is to work in plant genomics for a seed company. Welter is involved in FFA, soccer, track and field, band, National Honor Society and church youth group. Welter looks to his role models for advice. Challenges Welter sees for the pork producers are the PRRS virus and feed cost increases. A positive outlook, the willingness to work with others and the ability to strike-up conversations with strangers are strengths that Welter can bring to the Minnesota Pork Ambassador program. “I am a very friendly person who can have good conversations with almost anyone,” Welter said. Scott County Maria Brekke, the daughter of Jon and Barb Brekke of Shakopee, is the Scott County Pork Producers Association Ambassador. Brekke is a University of Minnesota student with majors in history, English and Arabic studies. She plans to travel abroad after college and serve as a diplomat and ambassador. Strong communication skills and swine industry knowledge are qualities that Brekke has to offer as Minnesota Pork Ambassador. “Having to educate my friends and other consumers about pork products is something I do on a daily basis,” Brekke said. Being part of a family that has been involved in agriculture for generations is the primary reason her interest in the swine industry continues to grow. If selected as Minnesota Pork Ambassador, Brekke says she’ll communicate with consumers and lead other young agricultural advocates. Issues that face pork producers is the balance between the economies of scale and environmental concerns. She believes these issues can be addressed through economic, environmental and animal health research. Some experiences that have influenced Brekke are participation in 4H, serving as a National 4-H Conference delegate to Washington, D.C., and the emphasis her family places on hard work and determination. Stearns County Erin Anderson, the daughter of John and Shirley Anderson of Belgrade, represents the Stearns County Pork Producers Association See PORK, pg. 27F

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Steele County Alyssa Anderson, the daughter of Brian and Candace Anderson of Owatonna, represents the Steele County Pork Producers Association as its ambassador. Anderson is a University of Minnesota student pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine with an emphasis in swine. Anderson achieved her goal of being accepted into the VetFAST program this spring and looks forward to course work that will prepare her to be a swine veterinarian. Creativity, self-motivation, responsibility, perseverance and a vast knowledge of swine production are just a few skills that Anderson has to offer the pork industry if selected as the Minnesota Pork Ambassador. “The Minnesota Pork Ambassador Program will allow me to share my unique experiences in the swine industry with consumers,” Anderson said. Experiences that have had an impact on Anderson’s goals are working on a hog farm, job shadowing numerous veterinarians and obtaining good grades. Anderson’s experiences have not only motivated her to be a swine veterinarian but have also inspired her to be an advocate for the pork industry. Issues Anderson says the pork industry faces are odor, animal welfare and the way society views the swine industry. “I have many ideas that could help the pork industry overcome challenges it faces and decrease the target that is on our industry,” she said.

information on hog production and promotes pork. Marketon says that her experiences in FFA and growing up on a farm developed her strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility unparalleled by many jobs. With only 2 percent of the U.S. population actively involved in


PORK, from pg. 26F as ambassador. Anderson will be attending North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., to pursue an education in animal science and agricultural economics. Her career goal is to return to her family’s farm and take over their swine operation in partnership with her cousins. Working in the CHS Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair taught Anderson how to more effectively communicate with consumers about modern pork production and the safety of pork. Anderson is a state FFA proficiency winner in diversified livestock. Through her supervised agriculture experience, Anderson has gained hands-on experience in several areas of production agriculture. Anderson feels the issues most critical to pork production today are animal welfare, feeding the world with limited resources and herd health. “To address these issues we need to work together to educate the general public on what we, as producers, do to provide consumers with the highest-quality pork possible,” Anderson said.

Stevens County Lloyd Lesmeister, the son of Wayne and Jean Lesmeister of Morris, is the Stevens County Pork Producers Association Ambassador. He attends North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., where he studies animal science. Lesmeister plans to earn a master’s degree in animal science with the goal of working for a large company within the livestock industry. Public speaking, leadership skills and swine production knowledge are qualities he can offer the Minnesota Pork Ambassador program. “Some experiences that have influenced my goals are being heavily involved in livestock events, which have allowed me to increase my passion for animal agriculture,” he said. Lesmeister views PRRS as a challenge the swine industry is facing. He believes that the industry can address this issue by continuing research to eliminate the PRRS virus. If selected as Minnesota Pork Ambassador, Lesmeister would like to inform the public about the swine industry. “I feel that people are unaware of how well we take care of our animals to ensure that the pork is a high-quality product,” Lesmeister said. “Where Farm and Family Meet”

Wright County Sarah Marketon, the daughter of Robert and Annette Marketon of Howard Lake, is pork ambassador for the Wright County Pork Producers Association. Marketon studies agricultural education at the University of Minnesota. Her post-college goals are to promote hog production in the United States and to work at growing U.S. pork exports. “Export markets are important to me because many commodities, especially hogs, are exported around the world,” Marketon said. Community involvement has helped Marketon develop her leadership and communication skills, which are important as she shares


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U of M recognizes 2012 Farm Families of the Year Seventy-six families from around Minnesota, one from each participating county, have been named a “2012 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. The families will be officially recognized in a ceremony Aug. 9 at the annual Farmfest near Redwood Falls, Minn. Profiles of the 2012 honorees and information on the recognition event can be found on the University’s

farm family website at http://mnfarm “Farm families and agriculture are a major driver of Minnesota’s economy and the vitality of Minnesota’s rural communities,” said Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension. “The University of Minnesota is proud to recognize these outstanding families for their contributions to agriculture and their communities.”


Families were selected by their local county Extension committees for having demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture. Farmfest runs Aug. 7-9 at the Gilfillan Estate, near Redwood Falls, Minn. More information on Farmfest is available at County: Family/Farm Aitkin: 4R Charolais and Angus Ranch Anoka: Daniel Johnson, Curtis Johnson, Dave Johnson, Drew Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Lee Johnson Becker: Jay and Anna Brown Family

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out the Great Recession. The strength of agriculture is a big reason why our state unemployment rate remains lower than the national average. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture reports that 342,000 Minnesotans have jobs because of the impact of growing and processing food. Those jobs are part of a total economic impact of $75 billion to Minnesota’s economy and a strong contributor to our

state’s export strength. Minnesota exports of corn, soybeans, wheat, pork, beef, dairy products, poultry and a host of other items bring about $5 billion of additional money into our state each year. The economic engine that is Minnesota agriculture starts at the kitchen tables of farm families throughout the state. For while farming is a big business in Minnesota, the business of farming in Minnesota is family driven. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, 95 percent of Minnesota farms are family owned. Other than family ownership, there is no standard way to Farm families describe Minnesota famare the main ily farms. These are drivers improventrepreneurs who build ing the fabric unique businesses based of many rural on their land and potential markets. They find communities. opportunities, apply They are the technology and develop ones who the skills needed to invest time in become successful. Many making a diffocus on the workhorses of Minnesota agriculture ference by — corn, soybeans, serving on wheat, dairy, pork, beef, township poultry, sheep, sugar boards, school beets and sunflowers. boards and Others branch into spechurch councils. cialized pursuits and produce apples, navy beans, maple syrup, honey, deer, tomatoes, landscape trees or organic crops. The ways that Minnesota family farms create jobs is just as varied as the landscape of our state. The business plans and economic impact of these family farms are only part of the story. Farm families are the main drivers improving the fabric of many rural communities. They are the ones who invest time in making a difference by serving on township boards, hospital boards, school boards and church councils. Despite all the good they do, farm families often do not receive the recognition they deserve. The University of Minnesota started the Farm Family of the Year program some 30 years ago to recognize successful farm families for their impact on our economy and rural communities. This year, families from 76 Minnesota counties will be recognized for their contributions to agriculture, our economy and rural communities at an Aug. 9 ceremony at Farmfest, the state’s largest farm gathering. The University of Minnesota is proud to lead this effort to recognize the contributions of farm families. Log on to for profiles of the 2012 honorees and information on the recognition event. This article was submitted by Bev Durgan, dean of University of Minnesota Extension and the director of Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. ❖

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at the 1:15 p.m. Aug. 8 forum “Consumer Preferences — Future Changes for the Livestock Industry?” Eat at the Farm Bureau Food Stand The MFB Foundation and the Lyon County Farm Bureau will once again be serving pork chops. This fundraiser will raise funds for agriculture and safety education, agricultural leadership development and agricultural research programs. Besides pork chops, Schwan’s ice cream, pickles and assorted beverages will also be served. The booth is located on the north central side at the end of Sixth Street. Visit the Farm Bureau Tent and Farm Safety Carnival The Farm Bureau display will be located in the same tent as the pork chop stand in booth number 007 on the north side of the Farmfest grounds. The Farm Safety Carnival runs all three days in the Farm Bureau tent and is co-sponsored with the local Farm Safety 4 Just Kids chapters. To learn more about Farmfest and other Cygnus Farm Show events, log on to or call (800) 827-8007. ❖


The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation will be among more than 600 companies displaying on over 50 acres of land at the 2012 Farmfest. Farmfest takes place Aug. 7-9 at the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Minn. Farm Bureau Day — Aug. 8 Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest will be Aug. 8. The MFBF will be serving a free pancake breakfast to the first 1,000 people 8-10 a.m. in the Forum Tent. Trent Loos at Farmfest On Aug. 8-9, Trent Loos will be in the Farm Bureau tent signing his new book, “Loos Tales.” He will also be in the Forum Tent the afternoon of Aug. 8 moderating the 1:15 “Consumer Preferences — Future Changes for the Livestock Industry?” panel and at 3 p.m. delivering his own “Stop Defending Agriculture” presentation. Featured forums On Aug. 7, MFB President Kevin Paap will participate in the panel for “Water Quality Initiatives — Future Impacts for Farmers?” beginning at 1:15 p.m. in the Forum Tent. MFB Vice President Duane Alberts will be on the panel on

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