EAGAN, Minn. – The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is looking forward to working with elected officials and leaders at the state level as the 94th session of the Minnesota legislature convenes on February 12.
Agriculture plays a big role in Minnesota’s economic success, and MFBF looks forward to working alongside legislators to address a number of issues affecting the vitality of the agricultural industry and rural communities. Some of the issues at the forefront of this session include: Conversations surrounding fertilizer usage and pricing, the need for pest management tools in agriculture, and utilizing sound science within water quality conversations.
“It was a busy session last year and we’re anticipating it will be similar this year, but we will have a presence at the Capitol every day advocating on behalf of our members,” said President Dan Glessing.
The grassroots framework of Minnesota Farm Bureau’s policy development process makes the organization unique in the fact that its work is truly member driven and bipartisan in nature.
Through this process, members’ voices are amplified and solutions are developed that can improve livelihoods and impact agriculture and surrounding communities.
MFBF priority issues for 2024 include:
- Beginning and Emerging Farmers – Support those interested in entering and transitioning within agriculture, including those of all ages and expertise.
- Sustainability – Improve our environment through voluntary climate-smart practices while seeking financial stability in agriculture.
- Rural Vitality – Strengthen rural communities by increasing accessibility to a variety of resources.
- Research and Investment – Drive the future of agriculture through practical research, education and innovation.
- Energy and Resource Preservation – Further development of appropriately-placed renewable fuel and additional alternative energy sources that do not compromise access to prime farmland.
Members are also encouraged to join MFBF in its annual Day on the Hill on March 19 (National Ag Day), bringing agriculture’s message to legislators. Visit www.fbmn.org for more information on how to get involved.
About the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation
To ensure Minnesota’s agricultural vitality, the Minnesota Farm Bureau amplifies its members’ voices through engagement, grassroots advocacy and agricultural awareness. Learn more about our efforts as an advocate for our 30,000 members and 78 county and regional Farm Bureaus at www.fbmn.org.