The Kanabec/Isanti Farm Bureau held their Annual Meeting at the Sapsucker Farms in Quamba this August. Sapsucker Farms produces organic honey, maple syrup, apples and Yellow Belly Cider.
Special guests were Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap, Fran Miron, district director, Dennis Sabel, Farm Bureau area program director and State Representative Nathan Nelson.
The Kanabec / Isanti Farm Bureau has many local activities. It participates in the Grocery Grab and donates to the food shelf. It supports the 4-H Project Bowl, The Rockathon for the History Center, Beef Cow Calf Days and FFA.
County Fair activities include the Farm Bureau Ice Cream Booth, Pedal Pull, antique tractor display, barn photo display by Gene Nelson, purchased an animal at the 4-H Livestock Auction, donated farm painting painted by Kathy Hovland with auction proceeds going to the 4-H Livestock Project and served ice cream at Rods and Rust.
Duane Munsterteiger and family hosted third graders from four schools at their farm to show them where their food comes from.
The largest event of the year was “Breakfast on the Farm” at the Haubenschild Farm in Isanti County. Over 1500 people attended the event held at the 1,400 acre farm with 2,500 dairy cattle. Members also attended “ Day on the Hill” which is an opportunity to meet with State Legislators at the Capitol about farm related issues.
The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation is an advocate for agriculture. Members are local farmers and those interested in agriculture who have an interest in the future of farmers, their families and the food they grow. November 2019 is the 100th year for the State Farm Bureau Federation. Kanabec Farm Bureau celebrated the centennial last year. There are now 78 County Farm Bureaus and nearly 30,000 member families.