September 5, 2013 at 03:47pm
ST. PAUL (August 31, 2013) – Minnesota Farmers Union’s (MFU) Full Board of Directors, made up of county presidents from all over Minnesota, made many decisions on issues important to family farmers at their Full Board of Directors’ meeting. They voted in support of: repealing the expansion of the Minnesota sales tax to include farm equipment repairs; passage of a farm bill that includes the nutrition title; and National Farmers Union (NFU) and others’ intervening in a recently filed Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) lawsuit seeking an injunction to vacate and halt the implementation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final COOL rule.
“Minnesota Farmers Union is a grass-roots based organization and these policies are voted on and developed by our farmer-members, and we will be working to ensure farmers’ voices are heard,” said MFU President Doug Peterson.
The expansion of the sales tax to farm equipment repair was passed in the last moments of the 2013 legislative session and has been called an accident or error, but is costing Minnesota farmers millions of dollars and needs to be fixed. The United States House of Representatives voted earlier this summer to split the farm and nutrition portions of the farm bill, and they need to put together for the betterment of family farms and rural communities. Finally, there is a recent court case that seeks to block implementation of Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL). The case, currently pending in federal court, was brought by foreign and domestic packer organizations seeking to circumvent the consumer right-to-know rules developed by the United States Department of Agriculture pursuant to legislation passed by Congress. COOL needs to be protected.