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MEDIA ADVISORY: MFU members heading to National Farmers Union Convention in Springfield, Massachusetts
By Communications Director

What: National Farmers Union Convention

When: March 2-6, 2013

Where: Springfield, Massachusetts

Who: Mitchell Farmer-Lies of Belle Plaine; Peter and Stacy Ripka of Ogilvie; Bessie Klose of Atwater;  Gary Wertish of Renville; Jim Frederickson of Rogers; Jim Falk of Murdock; Judy Moen of Climax; Mike and JessicaRatka of Foley; Bill Sorg of Hastings; Larry Jacobson of Hitterdal; Doug and Elly Peterson of Madison;  Rodney Allebach of Menahga; Ross Eischens of Minneota; Merlyn and Sandy Hubin of Hitterdal; Marv and Marlyns Jensen of Kensington; Brian Rohrenbach of Rosemount; Linda Larson of Rosemount; Richard Moen of Clearbrook; Gene Paul of Delavan; Alan and Karen Perish of Browerville; and Lisa Syverson of Ulen.

Minnesota Farmers Union members heading to National Farmers Union Convention in Springfield, Massachusetts

 Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members will be attending the National Farmers Union (NFU) Convention in Springfield, Massachusetts March 2-6. NFU Policy will be discussed and voted upon. There are also two proposed Special Orders of Business, to adopt a new five year Farm Bill, and also to reform dairy pricing.

“The focus of this year’s convention is to send a message to congress of working together for the good of America” says MFU President Doug Peterson. “Working together means passing a five year Farm Bill with positive pricing for dairy.”

Minnesotans attending:

Mitchell Farmer-Lies of Belle Plaine will be attending as part of the National Youth Advisory Council (NYAC).  He was one of only six people elected by his peers to be on NYAC. Mitchell will make a presentation to the entire convention body, and help plan next year’s NFU All-States Leadership Camp.

Peter and Stacy Ripka of Ogilvie will be attending as members of the Farmers Union Leadership Couples' Program, developed to empower future leaders in Farmers Union and rural communities.

Bessie Klose of Atwater, MFU Vice President Gary Wertish of Renville and Alan Perish of Browerville will be attending as Silver Star Award recipients, the highest award a member can receive for membership recruitment in a given year.

Retired Farmers Union Insurance President, Jim Frederickson of Rogers will be attending as Meritorious Service Award recipient for his humanitarian efforts.

Delegates to the NFU Convention are Jim Falk of Murdock; Judy Moen of Climax; Mike Ratka of Foley; Bill Sorg of Hastings; and MFU Executive Board Member Larry Jacobson of Hitterdal.

MFU President Doug Peterson of Madison will be attending as Secretary of the NFU Board of Directors.

Other MFU members attending are: Farmers Union Agency President Rodney Allebach of Menahga; Ross Eischens of Minneota; Merlyn and Sandy Hubin of Hitterdal; Marv and Marlyns Jensen of Kensington; Brian Rohrenbach of Rosemount; Linda Larson of Rosemount; Richard Moen of Clearbrook; Gene Paul of Delavan; Karen Perish of Browerville; Elly Peterson of Madison; Lisa Syverson of Ulen; and Jessica Ratka of Foley.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with any of these people during the convention, please contact Stephanie Olmscheid, Acting MFU Communications Director, 507.469.9216 or communication@mfu.org

You can view the full convention agenda at www.nfu.org/convention.

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