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Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Gala Shines Light on the Supply Chain



Sydney Garrett

Communications Assistant

Minnesota Farm Bureau created the first agricultural celebration gala in their state.

photo credit: Minnesota Farm Bureau

Recognizing the need for an event that connected all the links in the farm-to-table supply chain, Minnesota Farm Bureau created the first agricultural celebration gala in their state.

The purpose of the gala was to cultivate and recognize the rich history of farmers, organizations, businesses and communities that support agriculture across the state. Bankers, truck drivers, meat processors and everyone in between were invited to help celebrate the critical role the supply chain plays in providing food to a growing population.

Minnesota’s diverse agriculture was highlighted throughout the event, with signature drinks featuring locally produced spirits, state agricultural products lining the silent auction table, table flowers designed by the local FFA chapter in their floral design class and entertainment provided by a former 4-H member. The menu items were sourced within the state with a special focus on the multitude of commodities raised throughout Minnesota.

“The Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation is proud to have created an event that brings people together from all backgrounds of farming, agribusiness and more to celebrate the important job we have in feeding the world,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation Director Ruth Meirick.

photo credit: Minnesota Farm Bureau

The meal included products from across the state and highlighted Minnesota's diverse agriculture.

The inaugural gala was hosted in 2022 with 198 attendees. The event was so well received that the 2023 gala was moved to a larger venue to accommodate the 340 attendees. Gross income nearly doubled from $33,075 in 2022, to $62,000 in 2023. In two years, the event has raised more than $37,000 for agricultural awareness within Minnesota.

The gala has quickly grown in popularity, receiving high praise from all attendees. Minnesota Farm Bureau looks forward to continuing to host and expand the impact of the gala.

New Horizon Award

The Agricultural Gala garnered Minnesota Farm Bureau a 2024 New Horizon Award from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The award, which honors state Farm Bureaus with the most innovative new programs, is presented annually at the AFBF Convention.