In the Illinois Farmers Union's delegation to the National
Farmers Union's convention in Santa Fe, N.M., were, from
left to right, Wendel Lutz, Daniel Truelove, Norbert Brauer
and Robert Davies.
Family farmers front Farmers Union policy
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[March 25, 2014]
Santa Fe, N.M., recently played host to the 112th annual convention
of the National Farmers Union, with a delegation from Illinois
attending the national event.
The convention gave Farmers Union members from as far afield as
Hawaii the opportunity to shape the organization's national
policy for the year, elect a new vice president, attend breakout
sessions and launch new initiatives in member states for the
As the organization
that advocates for family farmers and their interests, Farmers
Union uses its policy to guide its work in Washington, D.C.,
through the year. The 2014 policy committee has taken a firm
stance on the following matters and will bring them before
lawmakers over the next 12 months:
Norbert Brauer, Illinois Farmers Union president, says that
Farmers Union policy sends a powerful message.
"Farmers Union has cemented a very strong policy that puts
the family farmer in the foreground," Brauer said. "The even
stronger focus in this year's policy document on the dangers of
market concentration and the odds stacked against family farmers
to the benefit of Big Ag means that large agricultural
monopolies will continue to feel the heat in D.C."
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Brauer also congratulated and thanked Illinois Farmers Union members
for their hard work throughout 2013 and their efforts in promoting
family agriculture in Illinois.
The convention was also a time to welcome a new vice president to
Farmers Union. Vacating the position was Claudia Svarstadt. Kansas
beef farmer Donn Teske, a veteran of the organization, was elected
to serve as the new vice president.
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