Moorses and Olsons attend American Farm Bureau Convention

Grant and Denaca Moorse and Carolyn and Jonathan Olson of Lyon County attended the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 100th Annual Convention held in New Orleans, Louisiana Jan. 11-16.

Grant serves on the MFBF Board of Directors as the Young Farmers and Ranchers chair and is from Minnesota. Carolyn serves on the MFBF Board of Directors as the District III representative. Attendees had the opportunity to attend farm tours and sessions and hear from U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

“The farmers and ranchers of America are very resilient and still maintain optimism about our government,” said the Moorses. “The Young Farmers & Ranchers contests were very competitive and sessions were interesting, but what really made this conference enjoyable is talking to people from all over the country and hearing their agricultural story.”

Carolyn Olson presented on organic row crop farming during one of the session at the AFBF Annual Convention.

“My session was an introduction to growing organically in a row crop system. We also raise hogs conventionally. We went the organic route because a buyer was asking us for them, and it is a method of farming that works for us,” said Olson. “The American Farm Bureau Annual Convention is always a good opportunity to visit with other farmers and learn what works for them.”

In news regarding the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation from the AFBF Annual Convention.

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 their 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.

More than 70 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are among the nearly 6,000 Farm Bureau members representing each state and Puerto Rico at the AFBF Annual Convention.

The meeting also featured workshops and seminars, as well as, the national resolutions session, which set policies for the upcoming year. For information on Farm Bureau, visit www.fbmn.org.