MFBF Sets 2021 Priority Issues
Minnesota Farm Bureau members will engage with elected and appointed officials, stakeholders and consumers to connect and collaborate in new ways. The Minnesota Farm Bureau Board of Directors set priority issues for the 2021 legislative session:
- Broadband: Expand investment to increase access to reliable broadband especially through infrastructure.
- Climate Change and the Environment: Reduce greenhouse gas through increased use of renewable fuels and by building upon the strong foundation of voluntary stewardship investments and practices to guide policies and partnerships to continue to improve the sustainable practices carried out on farms and ranches of all sizes.
- Food Supply: Support those involved in growing food, processing, packaging, transportation, and retail to ensure access to markets and a safe and secure food supply for everyone.
- Healthcare: Work towards increased affordability and availability of health insurance and healthcare- including mental health resources.
- Research and Investment: Continued investment into research programs, facilities and faculty through Agricultural Research, Education, Extension and Technology Transfer program (AGREETT) and support for the Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Program.
- Tax Policy: Support the Ag2School tax credit, the Beginning Farmer tax credit and federal Section 179 conformity.
- Transportation Infrastructure: Invest in Minnesota’s transportation needs, especially rural roads and bridges, to move products reliably and efficiently by roads, river, rail and pipeline.
- Workforce: Build a strong work force through educational opportunities through career and technical programs and access to affordable childcare.