September 13, 2012 at 03:59pm
St. Paul (September 13, 2012) - Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members return from Washington, D.C. where they expressed the urgency of the Senate and House passing a farm bill by September 30, 2012.
“With less than eight congressional working days left, Congress still has time to get this bill done. Farmers deserve to know where they stand so they can plan for the future,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “The agriculture sector employs 23 million Americans, that is one in every twelve jobs, plus this bill covers nutrition, conservation, energy and trade and needs to get done now!”
During the fly-in, MFU members met with senators and representatives, had a briefing from senior White House staff, heard from United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and other ag officials and also attended a Farm Bill Now Rally with hundreds of other farmers and supporters of the farm bill.
Attending the fly-in from Minnesota were: winner of the MFU statewide FFA renewable energy essay contest Brittany Utsch of Paynesville, and her father Kenneth Utsch; MFU Ag Education scholarship winners Bradley Burklund of St. Cloud, Alan Peterson of Clear Lake, and James Beck of Princeton; Dale and Grace Fladeboe of Kandiyohi; Merlyn Hubin of Westbrook; Larry Jacobson of Hitterdal; Marvin Jensen of Kensington; Richard Moen of Clearbrook; Brian Rohrenbach of Rosemount; Bill Sorg of Hastings; Gene Paul of Delavan; Mike and Jessica Ratka of Foley; and National Youth Advisory Council member Mitchell Farmer-Lies of Belle Plaine. MFU staff will also be in attendance, and they are: MFU President Doug Peterson: MFU Vice President Gary Wertish: MFU Government Relations Director Thom Petersen; and MFU Communications Director Katie Fitzsimmons.