Bartzes attend American Farm Bureau Annual Convention

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Greg and Mary Bartz of Brown County attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Annual Convention held in Phoenix, Arizona January 6-11. Greg serves as the Brown County Farm Bureau president. Attendees had the opportunity to attend farm tours and different sessions, as well as, hear from AFBF President Zippy Duvall and Archie and Peyton Manning.

“We enjoyed getting to know other Farm Bureau members from Minnesota and from around the country,” said the Bartzs. “The seminars we attended while at convention provided us with valuable information to share with fellow members in our county.”

The Bartzes farm near Sleepy Eye where they raise soybeans and corn.

In other news regarding the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) from the AFBF Annual Convention:

MFBF President Kevin Paap was re-elected to serve a two-year term on the AFBF Board of Directors by the voting delegates to the AFBF Annual Convention. This will be his sixth year on the AFBF Board.

Awards of Excellence

As an organization, MFBF earned recognition from AFBF for offering outstanding programs for Farm Bureau members. MFBF received Awards of Excellence in all six program areas: Education and Outreach; Leadership Development; Member Benefits; Membership Initiatives; Policy Development and Implementation and Public Relations and Communications.

Young Farmers and Ranchers

In AFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) results, Corey Ramsden of Washington-Ramsey Counties finished in the top 16 out of 38 state winners in the Discussion Meet, and Brad and Jenna Davis of Wright County competed in the Excellence in Agriculture Contest representing Minnesota against 28 other state winners.

AFB Foundation Recognition

Minnesotans attending the AFBF Annual Meeting supported the AFB Foundation for Agriculture and their celebration of its 50th Anniversary through participation in the flapjack fundraiser, Foundation Night Out, golf outing and online auction.

MFBF received the Apex Award recognizing the increased total investment in the AFB Foundation by 10 percent or more over the previous year as well as the state leader award. The MFBF Promotion and Education Committee and the MFBF YF&R Committee were recognized with the Challenge Award, and Dakota County Farm Bureau was recognized in the County Leader Award category. The AFB Foundation also announced their their new book of the year “Sleep Tight Farm.” Learn more at

Over 60 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota are among the nearly 5,000 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


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