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Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on 2012 Farm Bill


Wed, Jul 7th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Today, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap served as a panel member at a Farm Bill Forum hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) in Amenia, ND.



Paap began his statement by noting that county Farm Bureau's across the country are in the process of developing policy recommendations for the next Farm Bill. Paap outlined five key principles that will guide Farm Bureau on their 2012 Farm Bill proposals.



"The options we put forward will be fiscally responsible; the basic funding structure of the 2008 Farm Bill should not be altered; the proposals will aim to benefit all agricultural sectors; world trade rulings will be considered; and, consideration will be given to the stable business environment critical to success in agriculture," said Paap.



Additionally, Paap emphasized the many challenges surrounding the 2012 Farm Bill.



"Budget constraints, baseline decreases and political pressures are among the many challenges we will face," said Paap. "Another challenge for the 2012 Farm Bill will once again be to address the priorities of a wide variety of interests, from farm and ranch groups to conservation groups to nutrition/hunger groups."



"Even within the agricultural community, Farm Bill priorities and agendas will likely vary by commodity and region," said Paap. "As an agricultural organization that represents all types of farmers and ranchers in every state, we look forward to working to achieve the balance in interests that will be necessary to craft a successful piece of legislation."



Paap concluded by committing to work with the U.S. House Agriculture Committee to ensure that America's farmers have a practical safety net that provides protection against the unpredictability of the market and weather and allows our farmers to continue to produce the safest, most abundant, least expensive food supply in the world.



Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureaus across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today .....
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Ag Board Authorizes Loan for Wadena Recovery

Tue, Jul 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL - The state Agricultural and Economic Development Board (Ag Board) has authorized a loan of $75,000 to help businesses recover from the tornadoes that struck Wadena last month.

The board awarded the interest-free loan to the Initiativ ..... 
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Dairy Tour near Lewiston July 21

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Tour Rolling Ridge Acres Dairy and hear from a variety of dairy experts on Wednesday, July 21, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Gary, Paul and Justin Luehmann are hosts for this tour, and you can see their new free-stall barn, pre-fresh barn and do ..... 
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Pork producers gain a voice in D.C.

Fri, Jul 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Growing up on a beef farm in rural Fountain, Chelsie Redalen has some exciting news relevant to Fillmore County, Minnesota, and our nation.

The National Pork Producers Council recently promoted Chelsie to director of government relations in ..... 
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Kimball Corner Pasture Walk

Tue, Jun 29th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Grazers Daniel and Terese Hall will be hosting a field day at Kimball Corner in Jackson County, on July 17, 2010. The tour will start at 10:30 A.M. and feature a demonstration of high tensile fence building, a pasture walk and grazing discussion.
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2010 National Junior Angus Show Entry

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Caroline E. Mayer, Peterson, Minnesota, will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2010 National Junior Angus Show at the National Western Stock Show Complex, Denver, Colo., July 11-17, reports Robin Ruff, director of activities for the American Angus Associa ..... 
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Fillmore County Pork Ambassador attends MAAI

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fillmore County Pork Ambassador Morgan Mensink of Preston attended the 15th annual Minnesota Agricultural Ambassador Institute (MAAI) earlier this month in Mankato and southern Minnesota.

The MAAI is a leadership and advocacy development pro ..... 
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Crop management tour

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota 2010 CROP MANAGEMENT TOUR will be held in Rochester on Thursday, July 8th. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the Tour/Program running from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The plot tour is located at the University of Minnesota Exten ..... 
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USDA Livestock Reforms - Renewed Hope for MN Farmers and Producers?

Tue, Jun 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

MINNEAPOLIS - Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a new rule which is aimed at leveling the playing field for small livestock and poultry producers. It's promoted as a way to restore market competition and strengthen protect ..... 
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