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Minnesota Farmers Union 74th annual state convention a success with awards, elections, policy, and special orders.

The Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) held its 74th annual state convention on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 2015.  President Doug Peterson and Vice President Gary Wertish were re-elected to serve another two years of office. Policy and special orders were also debated and passed; and delegates were elected for the National Convention in Bloomington, MN March 5-8, 2016. Read more here.


By Amanda V

St. Paul, Minnesota (January 6, 2015) - On Monday, January 5, 2015, the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) sent a letter to Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging the appeal of the recent court decision by the US District Judge Beryl A. Howell that returned the gray wolf to the endangered species list in the Western Great Lakes Region including Minnesota. Read More 

By Communications Director

St. Paul, Minnesota (Monday, January 5, 2014) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) welcomes the 2015 legislative session, and has an ambitious agenda awaiting legislators for what could be a very dynamic session.

“Top issues for Minnesota Farmers Union this session will include a strong budget for agriculture programs and property tax relief” said MFU President Doug Peterson... read more 

By Amanda V

Honoring those who have served with Minnesota Farmers Union has become one of the highlights of the Saturday night banquet during the annual Farmers Union convention. Several awards were given out at the banquet on Nevember 22, 2014, including the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim & Mary Stone; Excellence in Youth Education Award, Ed Terry; Julie Bleyhl, Distinguished Service with Excellence in Membership & Policy Award; Mary Lahammer, 2014 Outstanding Media Communications Award; Darryl Larson, 2014 Dedicated Service Award; and Grant Herfindahl, 2014 Dedicated Service Award.

To see the full list with photos of the 2014 award winnder please click here.

By Communications Director

  ST. PAUL (November 23, 2014) The Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) held its 73rd annual state convention on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23.  Policy and special orders were debated and passed; and delegates were elected for the National Convention in Wichita, Kansas, March 14-17, 2015.
 

 “Minnesota Farmers Union is about bringing common-sense solutions to the table when ag policy is being discussed, and that is why our convention is so important, because this is where our policy is debated and decided by our county-elected delegates,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Our grassroots way of doing things ensures everyone has a voice and that our policy is sound because it comes from the head and hearts of our members.” Read More

By Communications Director

Minnesota Farmers Union Largest Single Contributor to FFA Blue Jacket Bright Future Program

St. Paul, MN. (October 28, 2014) For the sixth consecutive year, the Minnesota Farmers Union has donated to the FFA’s Blue Jackets Bright Future program, which provides sponsored FFA jackets to Minnesota youth who are starting their FFA career, and for the sixth consecutive year, MFU was the single largest sponsor to the program!  Out of 105 donors and 193 jackets sponsored, the Minnesota Farmers Union was the single largest contributor once again, sponsoring 30 jackets. 

“The Blue Jackets Bright Future program is a valuable program providing students with an FFA jacket to support their FFA involvement.  A personalized FFA jacket provides recipients with a sense of pride while giving them ownership of their FFA experiences,” says Lavyne Rada, Minnesota FFA Association Leadership Development Coordinator.  “FFA plays an important role in developing agricultural and leadership skills in students while preparing them for their future careers.”

 

“The jacket is a symbol of tradition and pride for those who have worn the official FFA jacket. Many past members have sponsored jackets, but it’s not uncommon for individuals and companies to sponsor jackets because they appreciate what the organization does to develop young leaders,” said Val Aarsvold, Minnesota FFA Foundation Executive Director.

 

For more information about the Minnesota FFA Foundation’s Blue Jacket Bright Future program, contact Val Aarsvold at 507-534-0188 or visit www.mnffafoundation.org

 

 

 


By Communications Director

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members joined more than 275 fellow farmers, ranchers and rural citizens from across the country in Washington, D.C., Sept. 7-10, for the National Farmers Union annual fall legislative fly-in.

Minnesota Farmers Union fly-in participants were able to meet with several U.S. Senators and Congress Persons to discuss rail improvement, fair trade transparency, renewable fuel standards and other issues that have effects on their farms. One major component of the fly-in was having the opportunity to present the Golden Triangle award to the key leaders who stand behind Minnesota Farmers Union and National Farmers Union policy. These leaders are Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, Representative Colin Peterson, Representative Tim Walz and Representative Rick Nolan.

“Having Minnesota Farmers Union members in our nation’s capitol lets them speak directly with representatives in Congress, and tell the real story of family farming. We help members of Congress understand that action is important to family farmers and rural communities,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Our members had good conversations with congress people about the issues impacting them, including Country-of-Origin Labeling, trade policy, Transportation Surface Transportation Board and the Renewable Fuels Standard. Making farm and ranch issues real to congress persons is the purpose of the fly in. Face-to-face meetings with congress people are the reality of politics, people and getting things done in Washington, D.C.

In addition to Capitol Hill visits, MFU members met with USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. Discussion centered around current United States water issues and Farm Bill implementation.

Minnesota Farmers Union members who attended the fly-in include Carol and Steve Anderson of Foley, Douglas Fjerstad of Fosston, Marvin Jensen of Kensington, Cherryl Johnson of Hoffman, Robert Johnson of Clearbrook, Jennifer and Bryan Klabunde of Waubun, Linda Larson and Brian Rohrenbach of Rosemount, Judy McCollum (Minnesota Farmers Union Agency) and David McCollum of Mahnomen, Richard Moen (Minnesota Farmers Union Industries) of Clearbrook, Gene Paul (National Farmers Organization Policy Advisor) of Delavan, Alan Perish of Browerville, Mike and Kay Peterson of Northfield, Robert Ryan of Bird Island, and Grant Smude (FFA Essay Contest Winner) and Cara Smude of Morrison.

Staff members included President Doug Peterson of Madison, Vice President Gary Wertish of Renville, Field Representative Amanda Rosendahl of Swift County and Government Relations Director Thom Petersen of Pine City.

By Communications Director

MINNEAPOLIS (September 13, 2014)  Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Doug Peterson and Membership Director Bruce Miller have won an Upper Midwest Emmy® Award. Peterson and Miller are Producing Partners for the MFU-sponsored Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) show Farm Fresh Road Trip.
 

“The genesis of the Farm Fresh Road Trip is MFU’s Minnesota Cooks™ program, which we started to promote Farmers Union’s policy for supporting local foods and promoting farm-fresh, local foods grown by family farmers,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “The Farm Fresh Road Trip demonstrates to a television audience the connection between the farmer, the chef and the consumer while showcasing the underlying importance of local foods in Minnesota’s economy. Twin Cities Public Television has done a great job in helping bring forward the importance of local foods and its benefits, and we are proud to be in a partnership with them. This Emmy® award is an honor.”
 

The Farm Fresh Road Trip travels to restaurants across the state to film chefs using farm fresh local foods in their meals, as well as inform consumers about the importance of using Minnesota local foods.
 

The Farm Fresh Road Trip is nominated in the category: Lifestyle-Program/Special/Series. Along with Peterson and Miller, the nomination includes Twin Cities Public Television’s host, crew and leadership.
 

The Upper Midwest Emmy® Awards Gala honors exceptional work and nurtures the next generation of television professionals. The gala was held Saturday, September 13 at Target Field.
 

Farm Fresh Road Trip features six restaurants: River Rock Café in St. Peter; Zella’s in Hutchinson; Lake Avenue Café in Duluth; Foxy Falafel Food Truck in Minneapolis and St. Paul; Spanky’s Stone Hearth Restaurant in Frazee; and The Strip Club Meat and Fish in St. Paul.  The full program, or specific segments, can be seen yet on TPT’s website: http://www.mnvideovault.org/index.php?id=25083&select_index=0&popup=yes

By Communications Director

Sunday, September 7 - Wednesday, September 10, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) Members and Staff will focus Congress’ attention to issues that affect America’s farm families and rural communities!
 
Twenty-four Minnesotans are heading out to Washington, D.C. to tell Congressional leaders and White House staff that reliable railways are needed in the Midwest, Fair Trade transparency is needed via reform of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), support for the Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) and that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is here to stay.
 
Farmers Union members will be meeting with senators and representatives, hear from representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Surface and Transportation Board and White House staff.
 
MFU Members Attending:
Carol Anderson and Steve Anderson of Foley;
Douglas Fjerstad of Fosston, Ag Instructor;
Marvin Jensen of Kensington, Farmers Union Industries;
Cherryl Johnson of Hoffman;
Robert Johnson of Clearbrook, Ag Student;
Jennifer Klabunde and Bryan Klabunde of Waubun;
Linda Larson and Brian Rohrenbach of Rosemount;
Judy McCollum Farmers Union Agency agent; and David McCollum, of Mahnomen;
Richard Moen of Clearbook, Farmers Union Industries;
Gene Paul of Delavan, National Farmers Organization Policy Advisor;
Alan Perish of Browerville;
Mike Peterson and Kay Peterson of Northfield;
Robert Ryan of Bird Island;
Grant Smude, FFA Essay Contest Winner and Cara Smude of Morrison.

MFU Staff in Attendance: Doug Peterson of Madison, MFU President;
Gary Wertish of Renville, MFU Vice President;
Amanda Rosendahl of Swift County, MFU Field Representative;
Thom Petersen of Pine City, MFU Government Relations Director;
 
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Call Interim Communications Director, Stephanie Olmscheid, at 651.288.4068 for questions or would like to speak to any staff or members during the fly-in.

By Communications Director

The Minnesota Cooks program at the State Fair brings together those who value and support locally Minnesota grown food: farmers, consumers, and chefs. Onstage, chefs created dishes using fresh ingredients supplied by local farmers. Emcees Mary Lahammer of Twin Cities Public Television and JD Fratzke of The Strip Club Meat & Fish talked with chefs and a panel of farmer and local celebrity tasters in lively and meaningful discussions about their local food philosophies. At the end of each demonstration, the panel, as well as fairgoers, sampled the mouthwatering, farm-fresh fare.

“Join Minnesota Farmers Union as they present Minnesota Cooks Day at the State Fair, joining farmers, chefs and consumers in a dirt to dinner plate discussion on farm-fresh food, its availability, and challenges that farmers face in the new economy of food,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President and creator of Minnesota Cooks “The Minnesota Cooks program explores the edges of food production; some produce traditional and some non-traditional. Our discussion and dialogue with farmers, consumers and chefs will prove to be interesting and educational.”

2014 Farm and Resturant Pairings:

• Kirsten Shabaz with Valley Natural Foods demonstrated quick, healthy breakfast options.
• Mendoberri Café & Wine Bar featured apples from Wescott Orchard and Hidden Stream Farm.
• Wild Hare Bistro featured vegetables from Farmucopia.
• Tiny Diner, featured pork from Pastures A Plenty.
• Gorkha Palace, featured turkey from Ferndale market.
• Birchwood Café, featured black currants and blueberries from Blue Fruit Farm.
• Broadway Bistro, featured vegetables from Sundogs Prairie Farm.
• Wise Acre Eatery, featured bacon from Tangletown Gardens’ Farm.
• Gastrotruck, featuring mushrooms from Mississippi Mushrom.
• Terra Waconia, featuring vegetables from Pamered Pumpkin.
• Positively 3rd street bakery featured eggs from Locally Laid Egg Company.
• The Bluestem featured bison from Prairie Heights Bison.
• Mill Valley Kitchen, featured chicken from Kadejan, Inc.
• Easy & Oskey demonstrated inventive mocktails by using their popular Make Your Own Bitters Kit.
Local Celebrity and Farmer Tasters:

On hand to taste and share opinions of the fabulous food being prepared were celebrity tasters and farmers including:
• Lori Sturdevant, StarTribune
• Pakou Hang, Hmong American Farmers Association
• Roger Johnson, President of National Farmers Union
• Carrie Tollefsen, Minnesota Grown & Olympic Gold Medalist
• Monica Irwin, Budding Farmers
• Dave Fredrickson, Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture
• Paul Huginin, Minnesota Grown
• Patrick Jon Weiland, Journalist and TV Producer and Director
• Rodney Allebach, President & General Manager of MN Farmers Union Insurance Agency
• Jason DeRusha , WCCO-TV
• Mike Rothman, Minnesota Commisioner of Comerce
• Tricia Cornell, Food Writer
• Megan O’Hara, Homegrown Minneapolis
• Stephanie Meyer, Fresh Tart
• Sue Zelickson, Women Who Really Cook & Charlie Awards
• Joy Summers, Food & Beverage Writer
• Joe Rolle, Chef
• Joe Glambruno, Bad Weather Brewing

Minnesota Cooks Calendar

The beautiful 12-month Minnesota Cooks calendar will continue its tradition of debuting at the event. This publication features stunning photography, enticing stories about the rich relationships these farmers and chefs share, and stellar recipes. For the duration of the fair, this calendar will be available at Minnesota Farmers Union’s building at 1635 Dan Patch Avenue.

Emmy Nominated

Peak at some of what the Minnesota Cooks program has to offer, check out this video from one of our partners, Twin Cities Public Television, on the Farm Fresh Road Trip

Minnesota Cooks is presented by Minnesota Farmers Union. For more information:

Visit www.minnesotacooks.org
E-mail info@minnesotacooks.org
“Like” Minnesota Cooks on Facebook http://goo.gl/NmI07O

By Communications Director

ST. PAUL (August 20, 2014) Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Doug Peterson announced he and Membership Director Bruce Miller are honored to be nominated as Producing Partners for the MFU-sponsored Twin Cities Public Television show Farm Fresh Road Trip, which has been nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy® Award. The Farm Fresh Road Trip travels to restaurants across the state to film chefs using farm fresh local foods in their meals, as well as inform consumers about the importance of using Minnesota local foods.

“The genesis of the Farm Fresh Road Trip is MFU’s Minnesota Cooks™ program at the State Fair, which we started because of Farmers Union’s policy for supporting local foods and promoting farm-fresh, local foods grown by family farmers,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “The Farm Fresh Road Trip demonstrates to a television audience the connection between the farmer, the chef and the consumer while showcasing the underlying importance of local foods in Minnesota’s economy. Twin Cities Public Television has done a great job in helping bring forward the importance of local foods and its benefits, and we are proud to be in a partnership with them. This Emmy® nomination is an honor.”

The Farm Fresh Road Show is nominated in the category: Lifestyle-Program/Special/Series. Along with Peterson and Miller, the nomination includes Twin Cities Public Television’s host, crew and leadership.  The winner will be announced at the Emmy® Gala at Target Field on September 13, 2014.

Farm Fresh Road Show features six restaurants: River Rock Café in St. Peter; Zella’s in Hutchinson; Lake Avenue Café in Duluth; Foxy Falafel Food Truck in Minneapolis and St. Paul; Spanky’s Stone Hearth Restaurant in Frazee; and The Strip Club Meat and Fish in St. Paul.  The full program, or specific segments, can be seen yet on TPT’s website: http://www.mnvideovault.org/index.php?id=25083&select_index=0&popup=yes

Minnesota Farmers Union’s work with local foods also included Minnesota Cooks™ at the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday, August 24. Additional information about this program is available at www.minnesotacooks.org