When I think of Minnesota I think of one thing, diversified resources. Our state is one of the few that provides everything from sugar beet farming to hog production to shipping lumber. Minnesota products are distributed all over the world and have a direct impact on our state and nation's economy.
~Jill Lyn Andresen, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota FFA is an organization like no other. It develops premier leadership, personal growth, and career success in students of agriculture education. FFA raises money for Camp Courage disability center. It educates thousands of youth and adults about the importance of agriculture through exhibits like the miracle of birth center at the State Fair.
~Christian Lilienthal, Arlington, MN
You should show a plow (horse-drawn) because that was why our forefathers settled here because of Minnesota good farmland.
~Sue Adler, Cottage Grove, MN
Talk to any Minnesotan - they come from the country anyway my age group - 50 years old. The Roger Erickson stories on WCCO were my heart!
~Art Harlander, Sr., Holdingford, MN
The economy of this state was based on farming.
~Liana Macias, WBL, MN
The pioneer farmers of the Red River Valley started with small, humble acreage. Through the years they have made this part of the state a major contributor to the state and world economy with the development and growth of crops that feed the world. Research will show that they have been innovative, as well as productive. Without them, the state's economy would have been very different.
~Solveig Kitchell, Ada, MN
Preservation of environment - perpetuation of old world family values.
~Carolyn J. Storlie, Spring Grove, MN
Specifically, I would like to nominate the endangered Poor Farm cemetery located at the former Green Acres nursing home site near North Branch, MN as an icon of the county poor farm care for indigent and less fortunate folks from the late 1800s until about 1930. These agricultural facilities provided food and shelter for many without resources or ability to care for themselves in a period before nursing homes and homeless shelters came to be. Life was not easy on these farms. The residents provided free labor in return for their stays and most remain nameless in their graves scattered around the state. As the Poor Farms were replaced by nursing homes and shelters, cemeteries and buildings were sold and destroyed. In the case of the Green Acres site, a small corner of massive housing development is all that remains as the final resting place and memorial for some 60 people who called the County Poor Farm their home. An earlier Poor Farm cemetery with about 30 burials was destroyed in the early 1900s when the County Board sold the land to a local farmer for $1. And he promptly plowed it up and planted corn! Poor Farms - not a glamour institution - but one which should be recorded as almost every county had one at some point in their history.
~Sherry Stirling, Lindstrom, MN
In early days, most farm families had at least one dairy cow. Milk, cheese, butter and later, ice cream, provided a variety of food and drink nutritious and a main staple of the family's daily menu. Dairy animals also provide meat, fertilizer for growing plants, including the family garden. The cow also consumes other farm commodities i.e. corn, soybeans, hay, etc. and contributes to the greater community in jobs processing dairy products.
~Alan S. Overland, Sturgeon Lake, MN
The farmers are part of our daily lives, even if we don't notice it. Farmers and their families shaped Minnesota history by working to give us food through tough times.
~Kaylee Glawe, Hastings, MN