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Farm Bureau Day Celebrated at Farmfest
Minnesota Ag Connection - 08/09/2018

Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap together with American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Executive Vice President Julie Anna Potts welcomed Farmfest attendees Wednesday to the free pancake breakfast. Farm Bureau served over 1,000 people in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center. In addition, the Minnesota FFA officer team provided greetings to the crowd, and the Redwood County 4-H Purple Ribbon Booster Club assisted with serving this morning's breakfast.

As part of Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest, Amber Glaeser, MFBF Public Policy director, was on the "Minnesota Water Resources...Public Concern and Landowner Implications" panel. Glaeser shared that water quality and quantity are a Focus Area of MFBF. She discussed Farm Bureau's efforts around replacing the Waters of the U.S. rule, discussed the nitrogen management rule and shared information around the good conservation efforts that farmers are already doing.

On Monday, Paap was on the agricultural leader panel asking questions to the "U.S. Senate Candidate's Forum on Agriculture and Rural Issues." President Paap's questions focused on trade, affordable and available health care, and financial and emotional stress in agriculture.

MFBF is working with Farmers for Free Trade and collecting signatures on a banner to voice support for trade. Farm Bureau believes a healthy trade economy is imperative to Minnesota farmers and ranchers. Make your voices heard by participating in this campaign. Stop by and sign the banner while at Farmfest.

Free medicine disposal kits are being distributed at the MFBF booth. These medicine deactivation kits were provided through a grant to the MFB Foundation 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. Resources to address the opioid epidemic can be found at

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation and the Lyon County Farm Bureau are serving pork chops on a stick throughout the duration of the show on the north central side at the end of Sixth Street. This fundraiser raises funds for agriculture and safety education, agricultural leadership development and agricultural research programs.

Farm Bureau Financial Services (FBFS) Regional Financial Consultant Chad Lea presented a Farm Succession Planning Session on Tuesday.

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