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Farmers gather to talk agriculture policy at MFU convention
By Communications Director

St. Paul (November 6, 2012) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) is having their 71st annual state convention Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis. The business of the convention is the completion of the MFU grassroots policy, and delegates will be elected to represent Minnesota Farmers Union at the National Farmers Union convention in Springfield, Massachusetts in March, 2013.  Delegate discussion will surround the farm bill, re-instating the Homestead Market Value Credit, federal estate tax levels, and renewable energy.

“Minnesota Farmers Union policy is formed is by our members, they will discuss the crucial issues of rural Minnesota and changes that will improve the future of family farmers and rural communities. Our state convention is truly grassroots and member-driven, where everyone’s voice is heard” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President.

Governor Mark Dayton will again be greeting convention attendees on Saturday, followed by a host of people speaking during the convention and banquet including: Tom Landwehr, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner; Jerry Hasnedl, CHS Chairman of the Board; Don Baloun, Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist; Dr. Bill Hartmann, State Veterinarian, Board of Animal Health; Dave Frederickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner; Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union President, and Chandler Goule, National Farmers Union Vice President of Government Relations.

You can find the full agenda at The Minnesota Farmers Union Convention will be held at the Ramada Plaza, 1330 Industrial Boulevard, Minneapolis.  Contact Katie Fitzsimmons, MFU Communications Director, with any questions, 612.616.5252.