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MFU State Convention schedule
By Communications Director

Minnesota Farmers Union's State Convention is set for Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24. The tentative agenda is below.


Friday, November 22
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  - Welcome reception for MFU members hosted by Farmers Union Insurance Agency (Itasca Room)

Saturday, November 23

6:30 a.m. - Free farm-fresh breakfast for MFU members (Itasca Room; ends at 8:30 a.m.)

8:00 a.m. - Registration opens (Foyer)

8:45 a.m. - Door prizes
 - Convention convenes (Salon ABC);
 - Prayer lead by Gene Paul with NFO;
 - Pledge of Allegiance lead by Merlyn Hubin, Executive Board Chairman;
 - MFU camp songs;
 - Present & adopt proposed convention rules by Markell Vogt of the Rules Committee; andadopt minutes of 2012 convention
(9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.: AT&T phones for farmers, St. Paul Room)

9:15 a.m. - Doug Peterson, MFU President;

 - Rodney Allebach, Farmers Union Agency President; and
 - Thom Petersen, MFU Gov’t Relations Director – policy & social media

10:00 a.m. - Charlie Zelle, MN Transportation Commissioner - confirmed

10:30 a.m. - Policy discussion
11:25 a.m. - Senator Amy Klobuchar 

11:35 a.m. - Lunch break with MN-grown food (Memphis)

12:15 p.m. - Mario Vargas, MNsure Senior Outreach Analyst & Rodney Allebach, President, Farmers Union Insurance Agency

1:00 p.m. - Reconvene (Salon ABC)
Gary Wertish, MFU Vice President

1:15 p.m. - Dave Frederickson, MN Commissioner of Agriculture - confirmed

1:25 p.m. - Myron Frans, MN Revenue Commissioner - confirmed

1:45 p.m. - Policy discussion
3:30 p.m. - Credentials report

(3:30 registration closes; opens Sunday 8:30 - 9:30 am)

3:35 p.m. - President and Vice President nominations      

3:45 p.m. - Torchbearer’s ceremony

4:00 p.m. - NFU Convention delegate election caucusing (time certain)

5:00 p.m. - MNFARMPAC reception (Itasca Room)

6:30 p.m. - Banquet (Grand Ballroom; doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
 - Mallory Pagel, FFA President
 - Achievement Awards Ceremony
 - Doug Peterson, MFU President    
 - Governor Mark Dayton                 

8:00 p.m. - MFU fundraiser auction


Sunday, November 24

6:30 a.m. - Free omelette breakfast for MFU members (Itasca Room; ends at 8:30 a.m.)

7:30 a.m. - Member Education – MN Food Charter (Salon ABC)

7:45 a.m.-  Dairy meeting (New Orleans Room)

8:30 a.m. - Registration
 - Door prizes
 - MFU camp songs
 - Call to order

8:45 a.m. - Don Knutson, Green View Executive Director

9:00 a.m. - Membership & Education Committee Report by Donnel Williamson;
 - National Youth Advisory Council Members Meghan Osterbauer & Caleb Schmitz speak;
 - FUE Leadership Couple report by Peter & Stacy Ripka; and
 - Membership and Outreach Report by Bruce Miller

9:25 a.m. - Bylaws Committee Report by Markell Vogt, Bylaws Committee Chair

9:30 a.m. - Chandler Goule, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Farmers Union - confirmed

 (9:30 a.m. registration closes – time certain)

9:45 a.m. - Special Orders

9:55 a.m. - President and Vice President elections

10:00 a.m. - Policy discussion

11:00 a.m. - Credentials Committee report (final count of registered delegates)

11:05 a.m. - Introduction of NFU convention delegate nominees

11:45 a.m. - Election of delegates to NFU convention (time certain)

12:00 p.m. - Lunch

12:30 p.m. - Reconvene
 - Ron Hennen, 2012 audit and financial report

12:45 p.m. - Policy discussion
 - Announcements
 - Door prizes
 - Adjournment 


Most agenda times are subject to change

UPDATED November 20, 2013