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Minnesota Farmers Union to lobby at Capitol tomorrow

On Tuesday, February 8, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) will be having their annual lobby day at the State Capitol.

"Minnesota Farmers Union is a grassroots organization that emphasizes cooperation and legislative policy," said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. "Educating senators and representatives about what the Farmers Union and farmers are concerned about is a priority of ours in these crucial times."

Some of the issues the Farmers Union members will be discussing with their representatives and senators are:

--Limiting cuts to important state agriculture initiatives and not "zeroing out" essential programs that protect ethanol producers and rural jobs.

--Enhancing dairy programs for profit and preventing cuts to organic and sustainable grants.

--Holding the line on property taxes.

--Support for education that includes funding for 4H and Extension.

--Expanding initiatives that support Minnesota-grown, and locally-grown food.

Farmers Union members will also be meeting with Governor Mark Dayton and Attorney General Lori Swanson during their lobby day.  If you would like to speak with a Farmers Union member during lobby day, contact Katie Fitzsimmons, director of communications at (612) 616-5252.

Minnesota Farmers Union ( ) is a nonprofit membership-based organization working to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers and ranchers, as well as rural communities.