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Minnesota Farm Bureau Earns AFBF Recognition
Minnesota Ag Connection - 01/14/2019

During the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 100th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and Farm Bureau members from Minnesota earned national recognition. MFBF President Kevin Paap accepted the awards.

Awards of Excellence -- As an organization, MFBF earned recognition from AFBF for offering outstanding programs for Farm Bureau members. MFBF received the Awards of Excellence in all four program areas: Advocacy; Engagement and Outreach; Leadership and Business Development; and Membership Value.

State Leader Award -- MFBF was recognized by the AFB Foundation for Agriculture in the state leader category. State Leader Awards are presented to state Farm Bureaus when each board member has donated $50 or greater to the AFB Foundation. Donations fund projects that focus on the AFB Foundation's mission of building awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education.

County Leader Award -- Dakota County Farm Bureau was recognized in the AFB Foundation County Leader Award category. This award is presented to a county Farm Bureau when each member of that county board of directors donates $25 or greater to the AFB Foundation.

Challenge Awards -- The MFBF Promotion and Education Committee and the MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee were recognized with the AFB Foundation Challenge Award. This award is presented to Farm Bureau committees when 100 percent of the group donates at least $25 or greater to the AFB Foundation. Learn more about the AFB Foundation at agfoundation.org including its new book of the year "Right This Very Minute."

Young Farmers and Ranchers -- In AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) results, Ted and Katie Brenny of Goodhue County advanced to the Top 10 in the Excellence in Agriculture Contest representing Minnesota against 28 other state winners, and Katie Winslow of Stearns County Farm Bureau, former board member of Goodhue County Farm Bureau, competed in the Discussion Meet representing Minnesota against 35 other state winners.

The AFBF Annual Meeting continues. Farm Bureau delegates representing each state and Puerto Rico will conclude the meeting by discussing national resolutions and setting policies for the year. Over 70 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are attending the meeting, which also features a variety of workshops, seminars and speakers.

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