Minnesota Ag Coalition Launches “A Greater Minnesota”
A critical new tool for the 2014 election cycle launched today with the goal of providing voters with an easy-to-use source for identifying where candidates stand on important food and ag issues. “A Greater Minnesota,” comprised of Agri-Growth, the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota, the Minnesota Milk Producers Association formed the group to give food and ag issues a powerful voice in this year’s election.
The importance of the food and ag industry in Minnesota cannot be overstated. The 2012 Census of Agriculture estimated the market value of of food and farm products sold in Minnesota each year at about $21.3 billion. Thousands of Minnesota jobs rely on a vibrant and robust food and ag sector, though some policymakers have pushed for policies that could negatively effect this important sector.
A recent poll shows that only 42% of Minnesotans personally know someone who operates or works at a farm. As the disconnect between producer and consumer grows, it becomes increasingly important to provide voters with a credible source of information regarding food and ag issues. Our mission is to get in front of the voters to combat the flow of misinformation about Minnesota’s food and ag industry and provide solid, research-based information to pro-agriculture voters and candidates.
The key component of the initiative is the 5-point pledge the coalition are asking Minnesota House of Representatives candidates to take regarding issues important to the growth and competitiveness of the Minnesota’s food and ag sector. You can view the pledge here.
We encourage you to visit the page, located at farmandfoodmn.org, and take a look around and help spread the word via email or social media. The site is full of useful information to share with your friends and family who may be interested in food and ag issues, we hope you encourage them to spread the word as well. The site will be updated frequently, so stop by often to catch any updated material.
If you have any questions about this new project, please contact the Agri-Growth offices at email@example.com or by phone at 651-905-8900.
You can view a press release about A Greater Minnesota here.