Tricounty News

Young Farmers & Ranchers attend National Conference

Young farmer leaders from Minnesota attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conference held in Sacramento, California, February 6-9. Farm Bureau members attending included: Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation YF&R Chair Dan Glessing and his wife, Seena Glessing-MFBF YF&R committee member from Waverly in Wright County, Joe and April Sullivan-MFBF YF&R Committee members from Franklin in Renville County, Miles and Sarah Kuschel-MFBF YF&R Committee members from Sebeka in Cass County, Glen Groth-MFBF YF&R Committee member from Dakota in Winona County, Nathan and Deb Schlief-MFBF YF&R Committee members from Starbuck in Pope County, Kirk and Chrissa Luckow-MFBF YF&R Committee members from Crookston in West Polk County, Lucas Sjostrom-MFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet winner from Lafayette in Nicollet County, Patrick Sullivan from Franklin in Renville County, Matt Wolle of St. James in Watonwan County, Holly Bordewyk of St. James in Watonwan County and Karin Schaefer-MFBF special programs coordinator. "This conference provided a great opportunity to network with farmers from across the country," said Dan Glessing, MFBF YF&R Chair. "It's important for us, as farmers, to tell our story of agriculture and how we're good stewards for the industry." Lucas Sjostrom, University of Minnesota student and winner of the MFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet from Lafayette in Nicollet County, competed in the National YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet on Sunday, Feb. 8. Young farmers attended tours of farms, agricultural cooperatives and agricultural businesses. Tour stops included: Superior Farms, Farmers' Rice Cooperative, Campbell's Soup, Jelly Belly Factory, Blue Diamond Growers, Ratto Bros., McMannis Family Vineyards and Fiscalini Cheese. Participants heard from Dr. David Kohl on "Mega Forces of Agriculture: Vision 2020" and from Jolene Brown "Let Go of the Rope," as well as, animal agriculture issues, generational challenges, farm safety, environmental outlook and more. 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 help 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 and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.