ST. PAUL – Many elected officials, journalists and others often ask the question, “What do rural people think?”
Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) is helping make the answers clearer by holding seven Rural Voices Discussions in March and April and invites family farmers and rural Minnesotans to participate in these listening sessions that are open to the public.
“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). Attendees may bring up any topic for discussion they would like to. MFU staff will take notes at these meetings for future reference.