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Minnesota Milk Minute - February 26, 2016

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Minnesota Milk Minute 

February 26, 2016

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In This Issue

Get Involved - Caucuses are Tuesday!

Only Nine Minnesota Legislators Work in Ag

Midwest Dairy Names New CEO

Farm Business Succession & Estate Planning Workshop March 9

Spring Load Restrictions Expand

Upcoming Events

March 16 - Dairy Day at the Capitol

Featured Members

Special thanks to
Minnesota Milk
Associate Members.
This week’s featured members:

Modern Farm Equipment

Hubbard Feeds

Arnzen Construction/St. Rosa Lumber


Get Involved - Caucuses are Tuesday! (Lucas Sjostrom, Minnesota Milk)

​It doesn’t take much newspaper reading, TV watching, or radio listening to know it’s presidential election season. In Minnesota, we have caucuses at 7 p.m. in 4,109 precincts across the state on Super Tuesday (when 11 states hold their caucus or primary the same night), next Tuesday, March 1.

Unlike what you’ve seen on TV in Iowa, Minnesota caucuses are more like a primary. You can probably spend about 10 minutes or less to enter your vote and leave immediately. You will be handed a ballot when you walk in the door. Find your caucus.

Stay a while … Casting your vote might be the most high-profile thing to do when you walk in, but consider staying a little longer. As the night goes on, the parties will select their representatives to go on to the further conventions. In my experience, it does not take much to get “elected” to go to the county, district, or even state convention. There are usually extra seats.

You may find you agree or disagree with what other members of your party are saying, but these caucuses are the chance to start the conversation about the dairy industry, agriculture, and rural Minnesota, as well a range of other societal issues, with very influential people. Those who attend caucus may be your next state or national legislator – and this is almost definitely the case at the regional and state conventions.

Also, having a voice at the table of your selected political party can be an important factor in the success of your family’s dairy and our state. You don’t need to put up yard signs, commit to becoming a leader, or always vote for one party. But, by sparing a few hours to talk with your neighbors, you might save countless hours and dollars down the road.

Only Nine Minnesota Legislators Work in Ag (MinnPost)

It’s not likely state legislators will hurry to finish the upcoming session this spring in order to plant fields. In 1874, about half of Minnesota’s legislators worked in agriculture, but that proportion dropped to about a fifth by the turn of the century and has been declining pretty steadily since the 1960s. In the current legislature, only nine legislators work in agriculture: Sens. Rod Skoe, LeRoy A. Stumpf and Tony Lourey, and Reps. Paul H. Anderson, Paul Torkelson, Rod Hamilton, Chris Swedzinski, Gregory M. Davids and Debra Kiel. Learn more.

Midwest Dairy Names New CEO (Midwest Dairy Association)

The current secretary of agriculture for South Dakota, Lucas Entsch, will step into the CEO position July 1, when the organization’s current leader, Mike Kruger, retires. Kruger has worked for the checkoff for 35 years, all but five of them in the top position of Midwest Dairy and its predecessor organizations. Midwest Dairy will begin a transition process in mid-April, with a goal to create a seamless changeover for the staff, board, and programs. Read more.

Farm Business Succession & Estate Planning Workshop March 9 (Farm Business Management)

A free workshop on business succession and estate planning for farm owners, families, and beginning farmers will take place on Wed., March 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College. Dave Goeller, deputy director of the North Central Risk Management Education Center in Nebraska, is the kickoff speaker. Topics will include contribution and compensation, balancing interests of on-farm and off-farm heirs, communication, analyzing cash flows, beginning farmer loans and tax credits, trusts, life estate deeds, and other topics. A panel will include legal, accounting and lending experts, a counselor, and farm business management personnel. Reservations are due March 4 to or 320-308-6641. For more information call Ken Thiesen 320-309-3293 or Jim Molenaar 320-309-3571.

Spring Load Restrictions Expand (Minn. Dept. of Transportation)

The Department of Transportation says Spring Load Restrictions will begin in the SOUTHEAST, METRO, AND CENTRAL zones on Monday, February 29. Winter Load Increases have already ended in the SOUTH, SOUTHEAST and METRO frost zone. Read more.

FSA has New Minnesota Director (Farm Service Agency)

Gran Herfindahl has been appointed by the White House as the new State Executive Director for the Minnesota Farm Service Agency (FSA). He began work this past week. Herfindahl is a fourth-generation farmer from Benson and previously worked as an FSA County Executive Director for 21 years, most recently in Glenwood and Alexandria.

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