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Agriculture policies Food Access summit 2013. Minnesota Farmers Union. Director of Government Relations (12 years) Board Member Organic Advisory Task Force Next Gen Energy Board FLAG Minnesota Fair Plan Committee. Thom Petersen. Local Foods Impact Food Low Income.

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thom petersen

Director of Government Relations (12 years)

  • Board Member
    • Organic Advisory Task Force
    • Next Gen Energy Board
    • FLAG
    • Minnesota Fair Plan Committee
Thom Petersen
look at current recent state policies in minnesota from agricultural perspective

Local Foods

  • Impact Food
  • Low Income
Look at current & recent state policies in Minnesota from agricultural perspective
2013 session

Minnesota Department of Agriculture budget

  • Minnesota Grown
  • Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)
  • 2013 Budget Year, 2014 Bonding Policy Year
2013 Session
agriculture growth research innovation

Agri-fund

  • Farm to School
    • Help schools, farmers
  • Livestock Investment Grants
  • Value Added Grants
  • Beginning Farmers
agriculture growth research & innovation
agri tourism bill authors rep clark johnson sen matt s chmidt

Provide farmers who engage in “agri-tourism” events that involve having visitors to your farm, some basic liability protection from certain inherent risks.

  • MFU has been working with other groups on this legislation and is hopeful in passing next year.
Agri-tourism Billauthors: Rep. Clark Johnson Sen. Matt Schmidt
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Property tax refund
  • Income tax refund or rebate for farmers who donate excess food to a food shelf or distribution center.
  • Relate for food donators for “farms, fams, families, fans?”
food council

Legislation was introduced to create a Minnesota Food Council which would be a vehicle for networking, communication, research, and reporting of policy recommendations to improve the food system in Minnesota.

  • The development and expansion of secure, local, and sustainable food production systems will promote economic viability, ecological soundness, and social responsibility.
  • The bill did not receive a hearing.
Food council
genetically modified organisms gmo raw milk

Controversial

Issues:

  • Right to know Minnesota
  • Introduced by Sen. Marty and Rep.Clark
Genetically modified organisms (GMO)Raw milk
what is effective

Legislators care more about food policies

  • More emphasis on public benefits & public programs
  • Ability to see value in both
What is effective?
what works

In person meetings

  • E-mail – individually or as a group
  • Telephone call – visit personally and get to know your legislator
What works?
know your leaders

Legislators

  • Administration
Know yourleaders
  • Committees
  • Staff
social media

http://www.…

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
Social media
any questions thank you
Any Questions?Thank you!

Minnesota Farmers Union

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