Minnesota Farmer

Time off for Farm Bureau
November 21, 2009, 10:27 pm
Filed under: Fall, Farm Bureau, harvest, Politicians

With harvest being so late it was very hard to take time off to go to the Minnesota State Farm Bureau convention.  Since I’m on the resolutions committee and one of our counties delegates, I had extra reason to be there.

One of the main activities of a Farm Bureau convention is setting of policy for our political lobby.  Over the years Farm Bureau members have created state and national policy books that spell out what we believe and what matters to us so that politicians can understand and help us.  These policies are formed on the county level and then brought to state and national conventions.  This is the reason that we are known as the voice of agriculture.

Another major part of Farm Bureau is education.  We work hard to keep up with what is going on around us.  Providing that information to those who can help us takes a lot of work but is really important to agriculture.

The convention also gave me the opportunity to talk to others in agriculture about how life is going for them.  Two of my conversations were with people who are involved with organic agriculture.  Another conversation was with a family that provides bags of corn for pellet stoves.  Farm folks always seem to find a way to make a few extra dollars if they can.

When you get that many politically active people together it tends to draw politicians and we did have our share of folks who want our vote on both the state and federal level.  It gives us a chance to reintroduce ourselves and let them know that we are watching.

Now it’s time to get back to work.  Winter is coming.



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