Minnesota Farmers Union Invites Farmers and Rural Residents to “Rural Voices Discussions”

Many elected officials, journalists and others are often asking the question, “What do rural people think?”

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) wants to help make the answers clearer. The organization is holding seven Rural Voices Discussions in March and April and invites family farmers and rural Minnesotans to participate in these listening sessions.

“The voices of real farmers and rural Americans must be heard as part of our various policy debates,” said MFU President Gary Wertish. “The farm economic crisis has left countless rural Americans searching for answers. We have a Farm Bill renewal coming up, plus we have uncertainty about renewable fuels, trade, health care and rural broadband.
“We strongly encourage all rural Minnesotans to attend the Rural Voices Discussion closest to them.”

President Wertish will lead a listening panel along with officials from Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration and National Farmers Union (NFU). State and federal elected officials are invited as well. Attendees may bring up any topic for discussion they would like to. MFU staff will take notes at these meetings for future reference.

The dates and locations for the 2018 Rural Voices Discussions are as follows:

March 27

3 p.m – 5 p.m.

Blue Earth County Library

100 East Main Street

Mankato, MN 56001

March 29

10 a.m. – 12 noon

People’s Energy Cooperative

1775 Lake Shady Avenue South

Oronoco, MN 55972

April 5

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Stine Conference Room

Cloquet Forestry Center

175 University Road

Cloquet, MN 55720

April 9

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

American Legion Post 167

220 19th Ave SW

Willmar, MN 56201

April 10

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Large Conference Room

Detroit Lakes Public Library

1000 Washington Avenue

Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

April 11

10 a.m. – 12 noon

Sun Room

Crookston Public Library

110 N Ash St

Crookston, MN 56716

April 11

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ag Country

901 West 1st Avenue South

Ada, MN 56510


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