Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) works to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. MFU is a nonprofit membership-based organization. Membership is open to farmers and non-farmers. 


Congratulations to the 2016 National Farmers Union Convention Delegates from Minnesota!

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Congratulations to (L to R) Brent Imker, Cottonwood County; Mark Thell, Carlton County; Ann Schwagerl, Big Stone County; Darin Narum, Polk County; and Trevor Jensen, Steele County on being elected as the delegates to represent Minnesota Farmers Union at the National Farmers Union Convention in March at the Radisson Blu in Blomington, MN. 

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Minnesota Farmers Union 74th annual state convention a success with awards, elections, policy, and special orders.

The Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) held its 74th annual state convention on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 2015.  President Doug Peterson and Vice President Gary Wertish were re-elected to serve another two years of office. Policy and special orders were also debated and passed; and delegates were elected for the National Convention in Bloomington, MN March 5-8, 2016. Read more and see the list of this years delegates here.

Farmers will gather to talk agriculture policy at MN Farmers Union convention

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) will be holding their 74th  annual state convention Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis. The business of the convention is to debate and pass MFU policy and elect delegates to represent Minnesota Farmers Union at the National Farmers Union convention in Bloomington, MN, March 5-8, 2016.  Delegate discussions will surround the WOTUS rule update, Buffers, COOL, and TPP, among other topics of concern for family farmers in Minnesota. Read more here.


MDA directory of Beginning and Transitioning Farmers Information

MDA’s website now features a directory of Beginning and Transitioning Farmer Information at The directory is a clearinghouse of services for all types of farmers, which includes farmers seeking land, financial assistance and loans, farmer education, legal services, multi-cultural programs, networking, mentoring and transitioning, and succession planning.

MDA also created the Minnesota Farm Link, at
It’s a web-based tool designed to link farmers and farmland. Minnesota Farm Link includes all types of farming, from small fruit and vegetable farms, to large grain and livestock operations. Whether it’s helping someone find a farm, matching an experienced or retiring farmer with a beginning farmer, or exploring mentoring opportunities, the goal is to connect people. 

Check these two new webpages out to see if there is information that could help you as a family farmer. 


Minnesota & National Farmers Union 2015 Washington, D.C. Fly-In Comes to a Close

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Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members joined nearly 300 fellow farmers, ranchers and rural citizens from across the country in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16-18, for the National Farmers Union 2015 fall legislative fly-in.  Read More

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members joining others in Washington, D.C. to be a voice for family farmers.

With Congress back in session and a potential government shut down looming, Farmers Union farm delegates from around the country will be heading to Washington D.C. to lobby for family farmers, and make sure that Congressional leaders have family farmers in mind when they push to get many bills passed in the final hours. Thirty-nine Minnesotans are heading out to Washington, D.C. to tell Congressional leaders and White House staff what if affecting family farmers here at home. Items of discussion include: Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Farmers Union members will be meeting with senators and representatives, and will also meet with officials from the United States Department of Agriculture.  See who is going.

MFU Supports 4H-ers with Record Purchases at State Fair Auction

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MFU Supports 4H-ers with Record Purchases at State Fair Auction


ST. PAUL (September  9, 2015) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU), Farmers Union Insurance Agency, and Farmers Union Industries were proud to support many 4-Hers during Saturday night’s 4H auction at the Minnesota State Fair. MFU & associate buyers worked together to contribute records amounts to support ten (10) 4-Hers.  Read More

Minnesota Farmers Union Sponsored Program Nominated for Emmy® Award for Second Year in a Row!

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Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Doug Peterson announced he and Membership Director Bruce Miller are honored to be nominated for the second year in a row as Producing Partners for the MFU-sponsored Twin Cities Public Television show Farm Fresh Road Trip, which has been nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy® Award. The Farm Fresh Road Trip travels to restaurants across the state to film chefs using farm fresh local foods in their meals as a focus in their restaurants, as well as inform consumers about the importance of using Minnesota local foods.  Read more 

Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley to make an appearance at MFU building

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Presidential candidate Martin O’Malley will make a campaign appearance at the Minnesota Farmers Union building. Read More

Minnesota Farmers Union Pairs Up With Local Foods Restaurant, Birchwood Café, For New Fair Food Items

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Minnesota Farmers Union has paired up with Birchwood Café for their new fair food items in 2015. Learn all about them here.


The first Sunday of the fair has been named by the Minnesota State Fair Board as “Minnesota Cooks Day” The Minnesota CooksTM program ( at the Minnesota State Fair is excited to once again bring together local restaurants and chefs with local farmers and consumers for a day of entertaining cooking demonstrations, hot topic discussions, and free samples of farm-fresh cuisine. 2015 marks the thirteenth Minnesota Cooks celebration at the Minnesota State Fair. This year’s line-up includes an entertaining mix of Minnesota Cooks alumni and newcomers to our state’s local foods scene. Read More 


Enjoy pizza and a chopper at the Minnesota Farmers Union’s Farmfest booth!


Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) will be joining hundreds of Farmers and Ag industry leaders at this year’s Farmfest.  Farmfest is held at Gilfillan Estate outside Redwood Falls, Minnesota on Tuesday, August 4 - Thursday, August 6.  More information here

Chaska student wins FFA essay contest from Minnesota Farmers Union


ST. PAUL (July 15, 2015) Minnesota Farmers Union would like to congratulate Anna Buckentine, daughter of John and Jeanie Buckentine of Chaska, for winning the Minnesota Farmers Union’s (MFU) FFA essay contest.  Anna was awarded $1,000 for the Southwest Metro FFA Chapter and a trip to Washington, D.C. when MFU goes on their annual fly-in in September.  A parent or her advisor will be accompanying her to Washington, D.C.  Read more

MFU Vice President Named By Vilsack to Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee


St. Paul (July 1, 2015) – Gary Wertish, Minnesota (MFU) Vice President was one of 129 agricultural specialists names to trade advisory positions.  The individuals named to the committees will play an important role as they represent one of the most important sectors to America’s export economy and they will provide advice as the discussions happen surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).  This will help to play an integral part of the export opportunities for American agriculture and will hopefully be the most ambitious trade agenda ever for America’s family farmers, ranchers and businesses of all sizes. Read More

World Farmers’ Organization Assembly and Farm Faith and Environment Symposium Wrap Up in Milan, Italy

St. Paul (June 30, 2015) – Four Farmers Union officials have wrapped up their visit  and deep discussions with other Ag leaders, and academics during the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO) General Assembly in Milan, Italy.  Read more here

New Food Item at MFU State Fair Building, Makes the MN State Fair New Foods List in 2015

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Don't miss one of the hot new items on the Mn State Fair new foods list located at our own Minnesota Farmers Union building this year.

Minnesota BEE-NICE Gluten-Free Muffin

Minnesota-grown, pollinator-friendly blueberries, sweet corn and honey with a hint of chipotle in a gluten-free cornbread muffin.


Don't Miss Out on the Last Two Women's Leadership Gatherings

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Farmers Union Delegation to Participate at World Farmers’ Organization Assembly Panel Discussions in Milan, Italy

Four Farmers Union officials will participate in panel discussions during the World Farmers’ Organization (WFO) General Assembly meeting later this month in Milan, Italy. 


“I am very proud to be part of a delegation that is able to participate at the World Farmers Organization Assembly Panel” Stated Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Doug Peterson. “To be able to bring to the table the knowledge of rural farming, and agricultural issues affecting family farmers and express the need to produce more food for an increasing global populations and recognizing food production plus environmental sustainability to such an influential organization, is truly humbling”  Read more




Minnesota Farmers Union sees mixed results for agriculture in legislative session

The Minnesota Legislature recently wrapped up the 2015 legislative session with mixed results for agriculture according to the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU).  MFU President Doug Peterson says that “MFU was pleased to see many of its top priorities enacted into law this year including strong investments in partnering with farmers through livestock investment grants and value-added projects, increased funding for state meat inspection and wolf depredation as well as the creation of new incentives for advanced biofuel and biochemical projects. “ Peterson also adds that “MFU was pleased that the legislature came together to adequately address the current outbreak of avian influenza.” Read More of this Legislative Update


MFU disappointed with the COOL repeal at the U.S. House Ag Committee today

WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) – Despite the objections from the three Minnesota members of the U.S. House Ag committee,  Colin Peterson, Tim Walz, and Rick Nolan, the Committee voted today to repeal the County Of Origin Labeling rules.


These rules would have made it mandatory for producers and processors of beef, pork and chicken to label where the animals they used in their products were born, raised and slaughtered. Read More

MFU joins NFU and Kicks Off Special Spring Fly-In Focusing on Popular Country-of-Origin Labeling Law

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2015) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) joined other Farmers Union states in meeting National Farmers Union (NFU) to kick off a special Spring Fly-In of family farmers and ranchers from across the country meeting with their elected officials in Washington and underscoring their unwavering support for Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) and the need for Congress to allow the World Trade Organization (WTO) process to conclude without interference. Read More

Minnesota Farmers Union looking forward to special community meetings for women’s leadership starting this Saturday.

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) is hosting several community leadership meetings focusing on women’s leadership on several Saturdays through the spring of 2015.


Women from all across Minnesota will get together with other women leaders in their communities to build connections and network with other to help strengthen their leadership and drive in their communities. Reaad More

Minnesota Farmers Union leaders meet with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

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St. Paul, Minnesota (April 8, 2015) – On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) leaders President Doug Peterson, Vice President Gary Wertish, and Legislative Director Thom Petersen, met with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to reinforce their support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and to provide clarity to the definitions of Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). Read More

Minnesota Farmers Union is Part of Group that is Granted Audience with Pope

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St. Paul, Minnesota (March 25, 2015) – Five Farmers Union state presidents, including Doug Peterson, with Minnesota Farmers Union and National Farmers Union’s (NFU) chief counsel, David Velde, also from Minnesota, were granted an audience with Pope Francis today following a weeklong series of meetings with Vatican officials and rural-based non-governmental organizations. Read More

Farmers Union Insurance Agency Sponsors MFU Memberships to Ag Teachers Statewide

St. Paul, Minnesota (March 26, 2015) – Farmers Union Insurance Agency recently sponsored close to 400 Minnesota Farmers Union Memberships for the High School Agricultural teachers throughout the state of MN. Read More

"Thank You!" to Minnesota Family Farmers and Ranchers

ST. PAUL (March 18, 2015) Minnesota Farmers Union would like to thank farmers and ranchers for their hard work and dedication in honor of Minnesota Agriculture Week, March 15-21, 2015. Read More

Minnesota Farmers Union introduces new program aimed at veterans

St. Paul, Minnesota (February 23, 2015) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) introduces a new program dedicated to the veterans of the armed services living and working in Minnesota.


“Our nation has a long history of support of the education and retraining of our veterans,” stated Minnesota Farmers Union President, Doug Peterson, “it is within that spirit of supporting veterans, that Minnesota Farmers Union is launching ‘MN Vets’, aimed at connecting veterans to farmers and farming.” Read more

Minnesota Farmers Union honors FFA during this year’s National FFA Week

ST. PAUL (February 20, 2015) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) along
with over 600,000 students will celebrate FFA week Feb. 22-28, 2015.
“The FFA does such great work in fostering the skills necessary for our
youth to excel and succeed,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers
Union President. “The agriculture sector is strong in good part because
FFA provides the tools needed for personal growth and success in our
future generations of family farmers. We thank and salute FFA for their
hard work in keeping not only the agriculture sector strong, but our
rural and urban communities as well.” read more

Farm Groups ask for Gray Wolves to be Delisted from Endangered Species Act

This week the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) joined together to ask the Minnesota Members of Congress to cosponsor legislation to reissue the December 2011 U.S. Department of Interior rule that would delist the Western Great Lakes Gray Wolves population in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan from the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and turn the management of the wolf back to state control. Read more here

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St. Paul, Minnesota (January 6, 2015) - On Monday, January 5, 2015, the Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) sent a letter to Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging the appeal of the recent court decision by the US District Judge Beryl A. Howell that returned the gray wolf to the endangered species list in the Western Great Lakes Region including Minnesota. Read More 

By Communications Director

St. Paul, Minnesota (Monday, January 5, 2014) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) welcomes the 2015 legislative session, and has an ambitious agenda awaiting legislators for what could be a very dynamic session.

“Top issues for Minnesota Farmers Union this session will include a strong budget for agriculture programs and property tax relief” said MFU President Doug Peterson... read more 

By Amanda V

Honoring those who have served with Minnesota Farmers Union has become one of the highlights of the Saturday night banquet during the annual Farmers Union convention. Several awards were given out at the banquet on Nevember 22, 2014, including the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jim & Mary Stone; Excellence in Youth Education Award, Ed Terry; Julie Bleyhl, Distinguished Service with Excellence in Membership & Policy Award; Mary Lahammer, 2014 Outstanding Media Communications Award; Darryl Larson, 2014 Dedicated Service Award; and Grant Herfindahl, 2014 Dedicated Service Award.

To see the full list with photos of the 2014 award winnder please click here.


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