Minnesota Farmers Union approved seven special orders during its virtual convention on Saturday, focusing on affordable rural healthcare, resilient ag markets, rural broadband access and pandemic recovery. “We want to help people survive the pandemic,” said Gary Wertish, president, Minnesota Farmers Union. “There’s still a need and hopefully, this Congress or the incoming Congress can address more COVID-19 relief.” During in-person conventions, delegates are very engaged in the policy process. That didn’t change in Saturday’s virtual convention, even with the shorter-than-usual items of business. “We decided to reaffirm our current policy on-hand from last year and address issues in special orders. We had good debates on a few of them. This way, the members could still have their voices heard.” Wertish adds a virtual National Farmers Union Convention is also being considered, but more will be known closer to 2021.
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