As you are no doubt aware, the State of Minnesota is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19, or coronavirus, as part of the global pandemic. Gov. Tim Walz has declared a peacetime state of emergency and advised people to exercise social distancing – avoiding crowds and keeping at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and others. Following this, MFU has cancelled all events through the end of April and will re-evaluate then. We are asking members to NOT schedule any local Farmers Union events either, and staff are working remotely. We will also not be attending any trade shows.
However, just because we are unable to be there in person does not mean we aren’t still hard at work for Minnesota family farmers and rural residents. Our staff can be reached by phone, email and social media during normal work hours. Social distancing works at slowing the spread of this highly contagious virus, and we’re doing our part. We also are well aware that no farms are closing because of the virus.
As far as legislative work goes, the Minnesota Legislature has recessed after passing a $200m coronavirus package. They plan to reconvene April 14, though it could be sooner if leadership calls them. As the adjournment date is May 18, it’s unclear how much will get resolved this session.
Again, please let us know how we can be helpful to you. We’re in this together.
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Minnesota Farmers Union—Standing for Agriculture, Working for Farmers (www.mfu.org)