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EDUCATION, RESEARCH, and COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The mission of the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation (MFBFo) is to support Montana agriculture through education, research, and community support, with a special emphasis for the development of our youth.

Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Centennial Community Initiative Campaign

2019 will mark the 100th birthday for our parent organization, Montana Farm Bureau Federation.  Our Foundation Board of Directors is excited to announce the MFBFo Centennial Community Initiative to celebrate our first 100 years and renew our commitment to the betterment of rural Montana.

This centennial initiative will result in a $100,000 investment towards community improvement projects in Montana during 2019.  These community improvement projects will make a difference in local communities and create long lasting impact. 

It is our hope that communities use these grants to leverage additional funding for larger projects that impact their local economy and create jobs. 

Here are just a few examples of projects that could be funded through the Centennial Community Initiative:

  • Creating a business plan that will allow a new rural business to attract start-up capital.
  • Provide matching grant money for large economic development projects. 
  • Purchase equipment needed for a new rural business.
  • Community improvement projects that attract new businesses or new residents.

How can you help?  If you agree with the Foundation Board and feel this is a worthy concept, you can help make it happen.  Our Foundation has created a new $1K Club to help with this initiative.  It would only take 100 members willing to donate $1,000 to reach our goal.  We can even break your donation into installments.

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2018 Youth Speech Contest

One of our Foundation's most important goals is to help with agricultural education and the leadership development of Montana's youth.   This speech contest fits that goal and we are offering great prizes to make this an exciting opportunity.

  • This contest is open to students in the 7th, 8th and 9th grade.
  • Prepared speech needs to be between 2.5 - 4 minutes in length. 
  • Contestants must submit a transcript of their speech by March 9, 2018.  Those will be judged prior to the FFA State Convention and the top 20 contestants will be invited to compete during the event.
  • The contest will be April 5, 2018 from 8:00 – 10:00 AM – Madison Room at the Radisson Hotel Billings. 

Speech topic:  How can you use social media to positively impact the public perception of Montana agriculture?  Areas of consideration may be:

  • Public perception that the majority of agricultural production comes from “factory farms”, rather than family farms and ranches.
  • Common consumer sentiment that technology used in agricultural production such as genetically modified organisms, pesticides and the use of antibiotics for animal welfare create an unhealthy food supply and environment.

Prizes:  1st place = $400.00, 2nd = $300.00, 3rd = $200.00, 4th = $100 and 5th = $50.

Click here to download an application.

Click here to view judging criteria.

For more information contact Scott Kulbeck at scottk@mfbf.org or 406-587-3153.  Submit transcripts via email or to: Montana Farm Bureau Foundation, 502 South 19th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59718

How does the MFB Foundation carry out its mission?  Assisting in Education: Whether it’s funding an adult agricultural education program or providing materials to urban students, we realize that our support is fundamental in providing future leaders with the knowledge and skills they need in order to be effective.  Encouraging Research: Recent improvements in technology have made agriculture both more efficient and more productive. In order to ensure and continue this current progression and to give Montana’s producers the most up-do-date information, we work closely with similarly-interested groups such as the College of Agriculture at MSU-Bozeman.  Supporting Montana’s Rural Communities: Agriculture reaches every corner of the state and is the main artery of rural Montana. In giving youth the opportunity for leadership and offering educational programs, we work to broaden the impact of Montana agriculture.

With continued support, the MFB Foundation is able to offer yearly programs in an effort to promote youth education in agriculture, including: the annual Youth Speech Contest, Mini Grants throughout the year, the Bernard Greufe Honorary Scholarship, the Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Scholarship to the American Farm Bureau Federation national YF&R leadership conference in February. Many other programs and funding opportunities support groups such as Agriculture in Montana Schools, Montana 4-H, Montana FFA, REAL Montana and the Montana State University College of Agriculture.

MFBFo is a qualified charity under IRS tax code 501 (c) (3) making all donations tax deductible for our supporters.

For more information on ways you can “Invest in the Future of Agriculture” by supporting the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation, please call the state office at 1-800-823-2676 or email Scott Kulbeck at  scottk@mfbf.org.

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APPLICATION TITLE APPLICATION YEAR FILE TYPE
MFB Foundation Collegiate YF&R Scholarship 2018PDF
MFB Foundation Mini Grant Application - Now $1,000 2018PDF
Women's Leadership Committee Scholarship 2018PDF
Bernard Greufe Honor Scholarship 2018PDF
Future of Agriculture Honor Scholarship - Now $1,5002018PDFPublic perception that the majority of agricultural production comes from “factory farms”, rather than family farms and ranches.
 Purchase equipment needed for a new rural business.