ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) will be among the nearly 500 companies displaying on over 50 acres of land at the 2018 Farmfest. Farmfest takes place Aug. 6-8 at the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Minn.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall is scheduled on Tuesday, August 6 10:30 a.m. panel, “Ag Policy Discussion with National Leaders.”
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue will participate in the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee’s listening session on the farm economy on Wednesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m. The Farm Economy Listening Session is hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). Other session participants include Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Reps. Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Jim Hagedorn (R-Minn.), Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) and Pete Stauber (R-Minn.).
Farm Bureau Day – August 7
Farm Bureau Day at Farmfest will be Wednesday, August 7. MFBF will be serving a free pancake breakfast to the first 1,000 people from 8-10 a.m. in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center.
In celebration of our MFBF Centennial, stop by the Farm Bureau tent at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7 where they will be serving free cupcakes until gone and register for the $100 cash door prize.
Eat at the Farm Bureau Food Stand
The MFB Foundation and the Lyon County Farm Bureau will once again be serving pork chops. This fundraiser will raise funds for agriculture and safety education, agricultural leadership development and agricultural research programs. Besides pork chops, Schwan’s ice cream, pickles and assorted beverages will also be served. The booth is located on the north central side at the end of Sixth Street. The Farm Bureau display will also be located under the tent.
Visit the Farm Bureau Tent
The Farm Bureau display will be in the same tent as the pork chop stand in booth number 007 on the north side of the Farmfest grounds. Information will be provided on services available to Farm Bureau members in Minnesota, as well as information on Farm Bureau Financial Services. MFBF staff will be on hand to answer questions.
Agriculture Scavenger Hunt
The Agriculture Scavenger Hunt offers hands on education for children and their families on agriculture. To take part stop by the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) booth (#7) at the North end of the show grounds to receive directions on how to participate while at Farmfest. When completed, stop back at the MFB booth for a prize.
Take advantage of all the activities at the Wellness & Safety Pavilion, sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services. Attend one (or all!) of the agricultural safety-focused demonstrations, participate in a health screening, add some color to the mural wall, cheer on the kids’ daily pedal pull and more.
The MFB Foundation will be giving out prescription medicine deactivation kits, first aid kits and pill containers to those visiting the Wellness and Safety Pavilion at Farmfest. This is a great way to remind individuals to dispose of their unused prescription medicine and connect with resources on opioid misuse.
On Tuesday, August 6, take time to visit the Code 3 Trailer that will be next to the FBFS Wellness and Safety Pavilion. The CODE 3 educational trailer exhibit is a hands-on tour of a mock teenage bedroom to learn about possible warning signs of substance misuse and is sponsored by the MFB Foundation.
Farm Bureau Financial Services
Stop by the FBFS tent – located just north of the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center (F2) on Sixth Street. Register for a chance to win a John Deere® Gator™ XUV835R and grab a bag of popcorn. Be one of the first 10 visitors to the tent each day and receive a coupon for a free Pork Chop on a Stick, redeemable at the Farm Bureau food tent. While you’re there, be sure to talk to an agent and find out why we’re the No. 1 agriculture insurer.
To learn more about Farmfest, visit ideaggroup.com/farmfest or call 800-827-8007. Farmfest, located on the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, is the largest farm show in Minnesota and is produced by IDEAg Group LLC, a division of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Minnesota Farm Bureau – Farmers • Families • Food 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 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.
— Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation
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