SALT LAKE CITY — Over 40 members from Minnesota Farm Bureau traveled to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention in Salt Lake City, and the group came home with some hardware.
Minnesota Farm Bureau president, said the annual convention is a time that members get to see chapters from across the country. He said this year, attentions quickly turned to the the Young Farmers & Ranchers program, where Minnesota members thrived.
“That was pretty exciting from young farmer and rancher side of things,” Glessing said.
Joe Ramstad from Hennepin County represented the Minnesota chapter in the Discussion Meet while Amanda Cook from Chisago County placed in the top 10 in the Excellence in Ag competition. Dan and Megan Roberts from Blue Earth County took home the top Achievement Award, earning themselves $35,000 towards a Ford truck.
“That’s a big deal,” Glessing said of the Roberts family winning the achievement award, “They’re very focused on being successful, both from a life and work balance.”
Organizationally, the Minnesota Farm Bureau won the New Horizon Award, honoring the most innovative new state Farm Bureau programs, for the second year in a row.
The Minnesota chapter was recognized for its Ag Day Gala, an annual event held on National Ag Day designed to celebrate the rich history of the farmers, organizations, businesses and communities that support the success of agriculture across the state. The gala has been held the past two years with each year selling out.
“The gala is an exciting opportunity to bring together all facets of Minnesota agriculture for one special night of celebration,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Director
The next Ag Day Gala will be held on March 19 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Glessing said the event is an important one for the farm bureau because it pulls in more than just farmers to celebrate agriculture in the state.
“We need to celebrate agriculture,” he said of the motivation for the event. “We do a great job with what we have when we’re out there farming, and we need to celebrate that we’re producing food and fiber for the nation and beyond.”
Glessing said membership was up this year.
“We gained 1,200 members,” he said. “Our members are doing a great job of signing, and our friends from Farm Bureau Financial Services are signing members as well, so it’s fun to see.”
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