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 year ahead.
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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