Legislation

Farmers Union is rooted in your communities. The policy process starts at county conventions, where individuals bring forth resolutions, which are debated at the conventions. Resolutions then move through the state and national level and become the policy that members and staff advocate for with elected policymakers.

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Family Farmers Matter - We Advocate for You

National Farmers Union is working to ensure America’s family farmers are heard by those in positions to force change.

Through the Fairness for Farmers campaign, NFU advocates for fair agriculture markets and supports specific policy actions including:

  • Reforming the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA)
  • Improving price discovery in cattle markets
  • Allowing for the Right to Repair equipment
  • Diversifying marketing opportunities and antitrust enforcement

Minnesota Farmers Union is the legislative voice for family farmers, ranchers and rural residents in St. Paul and Washington, D.C. Our comprehensive policy is developed by the grassroots efforts of our members, culminating with policy debate at the annual MFU conventions which sets our priorities for each year. During Minnesota’s legislative sessions, the MFU Government Relations team is at the Capitol each day working with legislators on behalf of our members.

We invite you to learn more and get involved!

Featured Legislative Priorities

Drought Relief and Climate Resilience

Amid historic drought and wetness, we've passed resolutions to help farmers become more resilient in the face of climate change.

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Generational Farm Transition

We've passed resolutions emphasizing support of beginning farmers and helping farmers transition to the next generation.

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Local and Regional Processing

We're fighting the severe shortage of livestock processing that's keeping farmers from expanding their businesses.

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Competitive Markets

Fair competition in competitive markets is central to our economy – we're leading the fight for fair markets and against corporate monopolies. 

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Affordable Health Care

We're advocating for people in rural communities and those who have a harder time accessing and affording comprehensive health care. 

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Legislative Summary

A look at what happened, and what didn't, in the 2022 legislative session. 

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Additional Legislative Work

  • Beginning Farmer Tax Credit
  • Support for Emerging Farmers
  • Promoting Biofuels
  • Cooperative Development
  • Farmer-Lender Mediation
  • Broadband Investment
  • Indemnity Fund
  • Ag to School Tax Credit
  • Rural Finance Authority
  • Farm Safety
  • Transportation Funding
  • Corporate Farm Law
  • Wolf Depredation
  • Industrial Hemp
  • Right to Repair
  • SWCD Funding
  • Pollinators
  • Education

Get Involved

Minnesota Farmers Union is always working on behalf of its members, and we’d love to have you strengthen our efforts by getting involved in one of the ways listed here. Together, we can make a difference.

Become a MFU Member

Your support helps MFU advocate for policies that support family farm agriculture. 

Join State Lobbying Efforts

Members' testimonies are critical to MFU's lobbying efforts. View legislative updates here.

Participate in National Fly-in Lobbying

Join Farmers Union members from across the country to talk to federal lawmakers. 

Contact your Legislators

Legislators are there to help – reach out to them. 

Connect with your County Leader

Have a meeting idea or just want to chat? Connect with your local leader.

Attend a Local MFU Event

Meet your neighbors or learn something new. See upcoming events here

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Stu Lourey, Director of Government Affairs

stu@mfu.org
(651) 639-1223

Justin Stofferahn, Antimonopoly Director

justin@mfu.org
(651) 639-1223

Ariel Kagan, Climate and Working Lands Director

ariel@mfu.org
(651) 639-1223

Gary Wertish, President

gary@mfu.org
(651) 639-1223

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For national news, updates and additional resources, visit the National Farmers Union website.