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Farm Bureau, Politicians at Farmfest
Minnesota Ag Connection - 08/07/2018

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) will be among the nearly 500 companies displaying on over 50 acres of land at the 2018 Farmfest. Farmfest takes place Aug. 7-9 at the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Minnesota. In addition, Gov. Mark Dayton will attend Minnesota FarmFest in Morgan (28269 Highway 67) to visit exhibit booths and speak with farmers.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dayton will attend FarmFest. At 2 p.m., the governor will meet with community leaders in the City of Madelia at the Madelia Golf Course (116519 Christensen Drive) to discuss their recovery efforts following a fire that destroyed Main Street businesses in 2016.

Meanwhile, Congressman Keith Ellison will announce his plan to restore fairness in farming as attorney general. As Minnesota farmers have been hit by low prices and high costs in recent years, Ellison’s plan will detail how the attorney general can enforce state and federal laws to make Minnesota’s agricultural economy more fair to family farmers. Ellison will unveil his plan at noon Wednesday following the conclusion of the governor candidates' forum.

MFBF plans the following events during FarmFest:

Farm Bureau Day – Aug. 8 - MFBF will be serving a free pancake breakfast to the first 1,000 people from 8-10 a.m. in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center.

Eat at the Farm Bureau Food Stand - The Minnesota Farm Bureau 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 - The Farm Bureau display will be in the same tent as the pork chop stand in booth number 007 on the north side of the Farmfest grounds. Information will be provided on services available to Farm Bureau members in Minnesota, as well as information on Farm Bureau Financial Services. Minnesota Farm Bureau staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Pick-up a free medicine disposal kits at Farmfest. These Deterra drug deactivation kits were provided through a grant received by the Addiction Policy Leadership Action Network (APLAN), which is a partnership between the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Addiction Policy Forum (APF) and other groups working to combat the opioid epidemic. The pouches are meant to provide an easy and effective way for rural residents to deactivate and dispose of unused prescriptions at home before they can be diverted to abuse.

Stop by and sign the Farmers for Free Trade banner in the MFBF tent. Farm Bureau believes a healthy trade economy is imperative to Minnesota farmers and ranchers. When over 95 percent of the people in the world live outside of the U.S., we must maintain and expand our markets. Make your voices heard by participating in this campaign.

Agriculture Scavenger Hunt - The Hunt offers hands on education for children and their families on agriculture. To take part stop by the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) booth (#7) at the North end of the show grounds to receive directions on how to participate while at Farmfest. When completed, stop back at the MFB booth for a prize.

Farm Bureau Financial Services - Stop by the Farm Bureau Financial Services tent just north of the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center (lot F2) on Sixth Street to register for a chance to win a Yamaha Four-Wheeler and grab a bag of popcorn. Be one of the first 10 visitors to the tent each day with a copy of The Voice and receive a coupon for a free Pork Chop on a Stick, redeemable at the Farm Bureau food tent. While there, ask one of our Farm Bureau agents about our new Replacement Cost coverage for farm machinery and the advantages of on-site SuperCheck.®

Farm Bureau Financial Services Rural Lifestyle Pavilion - Take advantage of all the activities at the inaugural Rural Lifestyle Pavilion, sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services. Attend one (or all!) of the health-focused educational sessions make a splash on the paint wall, cheer on the kids’ daily pedal pull, and more!

To learn more about Farmfest, visit ideaggroup.com/farmfest or call 800-827-8007. Farmfest, located on the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, is the largest farm show in Minnesota and is produced by IDEAg Group LLC, a division of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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