ST.PAUL (March 8, 2013) – Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Doug Peterson was re-elected as National Farmers Union (NFU) Secretary for the coming year at the 111th Anniversary National Farmers Union Convention held March 2-6 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Over 40 MFU members traveled to Massachusetts to set NFU’s policy road map for the coming year. Most important discussions were of another five year farm bill, transparency of post-farm costs in the dairy industry, clarification of food safety practices for farmers, and requirement of the United States Postal Service to continue Saturday mail service.
Requiring conservation compliance in order to be eligible for crop insurance was also an issue of great debate. Limitation of payments were discussed as a viable option, but not adopted. The focus of this discussion was on the impacts brought to family farms, beginning farmers, and southern crop farmers.
St. Paul (March 22, 2010) - Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members return from the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) Convention held in Rapid City, South Dakota. Policy was set, Special Orders were passed, awards were given and speakers spoke about the status of the agriculture community and where it is heading. NFU President Roger Johnson, and NFU Vice President Claudia Svarstad were re-elected to their positions.
"The National Convention is a place where all the state Farmers Union organizations come together to work on policy that puts farmers first," said Doug Peterson, MFU President. "Now that the convention is over, we can take that policy and let our elected federal officials know where National Farmers Union stands on the issues important to farmers."
St. Paul (March 22, 2010) - Dave Frederickson of Roseville received a National Farmers Union (NFU) Meritorious Award for his dedication and hard work for Farmers Union and American agriculture.
"Dave has committed the majority of his life to improving the lives of rural Minnesota and the farmers who live there," said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. "He is well-deserving of this award. I thank him for his years of dedication to farmers and congratulate him on this award."
Frederickson was the Minnesota Farmers Union President for eleven years before being elected as National Farmers Union President. He currently is an agriculture advisor to Senator Amy Klobuchar.