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Published February 25, 2009, 12:00 AM

Farmers Union members meet with Ingebrigtsen

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members from the northwest and west central regions of the state recently went to the state Capitol to discuss Farmers Union policy and the 2009 legislative session with legislators.

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members from the northwest and west central regions of the state recently went to the state Capitol to discuss Farmers Union policy and the 2009 legislative session with legislators.

“This is a chance for the legislators to hear from Farmers Union members about the immediate needs of rural Minnesota,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union president. “It also gives our members a chance to let the senators and representatives know about our Farmers Union policy, and why it is important to them.”

Farmers Union policy issues that came up in discussions with state senators and representatives were: protecting the state agriculture budget; stabilizing property taxes; repealing the changes made last year to the Green Acres Program; supporting universal health care; financial support to those impacted by the bovine tuberculosis outbreak; extension of the 2009 sunset date of the farmer-lender mediation program; support for local control in making siting decisions that deal with livestock facilities; a strong corporate farm law; support to achieve conformity with the Minnesota estate tax, and section 179 of the federal tax code; and bonding requests for the Rural Finance Authority.

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