MFU releases legislative priorities for 2020 session
Feb. 10, 2020
The session of the next Minnesota Legislature begins tomorrow, Feb. 11. Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU), a grassroots family farm organization, has a number of priorities to work on with legislators. These priorities are developed from MFU’s state policy, which is created from the resolutions of MFU members.
“Rural Minnesotans continue to face challenges including wet and unpredictable weather, low prices and high costs of health care and prescription drugs,” MFU President Gary Wertish said. “This year being a bonding bill year, our priorities are to get strong funding for the Rural Finance Authority (RFA), a loan program through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) which targets beginning farmers and loan restructuring, and a strong bonding bill that invests in rural Minnesota.”
Here are some other initiatives MFU will work towards this session, in addition to the RFA:
- Legislation to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs, including insulin
- Continued strong funding for the MDA, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute and Board of Animal Health
- Full conformity with Section 179 of the tax code for equipment expensing
- Increased use of biofuels, including a move toward statewide E15
- Investments in farm safety and safer farm equipment
- Funding for agricultural education at all levels
- A long-term, sustainable plan to fund transportation improvements
- Investment in high-speed, quality internet service in rural Minnesota
- Full funding for Soil and Water Conservation Districts
- Investment in programs and incentives that promote soil health
MFU members will speak to legislators and the Walz administration about these issues and more at their annual Lobby Day Drive-In at the State Capitol this Thursday, Feb. 13. A full list of legislative priorities can be found here.
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