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Policymakers should support Kubly’s ag license plate bill

March 15, 2011
Marshall Independent

To the editor:

Food and farmers are always taken for granted. March 15 is National Agriculture Day and all farmers should be complimented on their role in our economy. Food and farming is every day, and our farmers in Minnesota and the nation are valuable.

Everyday recognition of Minnesota agriculture may be a reality this legislative session. Our Minnesota Legislature is considering S.F. 340, authored by Sen. Gary Kubly, DFL-Granite Falls, a special license plate bill which would direct the Minnesota Department of Transportation in consultation with organizations that represent farmers, to design a license plate recognizing Minnesota agriculture. Agriculture in Minnesota is 25 percent of our economy and brings in $16 billion of cash to our state coffers and supports 1.5 jobs in all economic sectors. Eighty percent of all agriculture-related jobs are off-farm. Farms in Minnesota supply food, fuel and fiber for all. Minnesota farming is the second largest economic sector and the second largest employer.

A simple license plate can send a powerful message of support for Minnesota farmers. Call your state representative and state senator and ask then to support Minnesota's agriculture license plate bill.

Doug Peterson

Minnesota Farmers Union President




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