Minnesota Farmers Union visits with legislators about 2023 priorities

Nearly 70 members recently spent a day on the hill in St. Paul as Minnesota Farmers Union shared legislative priorities.

MFU government relations director Stu Lourey says the group met with leadership from both the House and Senate, representatives of the governor’s office, and 40 individual legislators in late February.

“I think it was a successful day and certainly a boost to our advocacy efforts this year as session heats up.”

He tells Brownfield priorities were defined during the state convention in November.

“First and foremost we talked about making healthcare more affordable and accessible by finally approving a public option that would allow farmers and other small business owners to buy into MinnesotaCare.”

That is a healthcare program for Minnesotans with low incomes.

Lourey says MFU is also calling for initiatives to ensure more competitive markets and continuing to build out local meat processing infrastructure.

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