Local members of Farmers Union meet with Gov. Dayton

Harold Eklund of Stanchfield speaks with Governor Mark Dayton during a recent meeting at the Capitol.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members met with Governor Mark Dayton, Attorney General Lori Swanson, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and their local legislators to discuss agriculture and MFU policy matters at the State Capitol.

“Changes in our economy impacting tax policy has brought the homestead tax credit to the top of the issues Minnesota Farmers Union members talked about at the State Capitol,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “We had a great turnout for our lobby day, which is so important because our members are there to educate their senators and representatives about what is really going on in rural Minnesota.”

Issues the Farmers Union members discussed were:

• Reinstatement of the Homestead Tax Credit;

• Wolf management through hunting and trapping seasons;

• Wind easements and MFU’s support of legislation that would provide for wind power leases to terminate after 7 years if a project is not being developed;

• Local control with projects regarding wind, feedlots and gravel pits; and

• MFU’s support of a public notice in a county before land is bought with legacy dollars.