Minnesota Farmers Union is having their annual state convention Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis.
"Every year since 1942, Farmers Union members have gathered to develop our state policy from ideas they bring to the table," said Doug Peterson, MFU president. "We then take that policy to the state and federal level and fight for the issues important to our members! During policy debate this year, some of the issues I expect we will be discussing are health care, climate change, and fair pricing for livestock and grain production."
Along with policy discussion, there will be elections for both president and vice president. Doug Peterson, current MFU president, is running for re-election unopposed. Long-time MFU vice president Dennis Sjodin has decided to not run for re-election. Vying for the v.p. chair are: Tim Henning of Adrian, Scott Hoese of Mayer, Tim Velde of Granite Falls, and Gary Wertish of Renville.
Speakers at the convention include Gene Hugoson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner; Linda Hennen, State Executive Director of Farm Service Agency; Colleen Landkamer, State Director of USDA Rural Development; and Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union president.
Keynote speaker at the banquet will be Congressman Jim Oberstar. Senator Amy Klobuchar is also expected to be in attendance.
For more information, check out our website, www.mfu.org.
After thinking carefully about the Vice President choices, I've decided to support Gary Wertish, a knowledgeable and soft-spoken leader and farmer from Renville County. I like his understated style, and those who attended my county convention spoke highly of his years of experience working for Senator Dayton. They're right.
All of the candidates bring strengths to the table, however, and so I wish them all good luck.
The Minnesota Progressive Project will be posting from Netroots Minnesota if you're curious about the event but unable to attend. I'll be tweeting from both events on my person account for those who wish to follow my adventures.