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Greater Minnesota must be at the table in budget talks, Farm Bureau president says

Minnesota farmers and all rural residents must be well-represented in the coming legislative budget discussions needed to resolve a nearly $6 billion deficit, says Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap.

“There’s going to be some real tough decisions,” Paap said at the Beltrami County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting. “We need to make sure that as we go through those decisions, that all of Minnesota is thought about. Not just agriculture, but outstate Minnesota.”

The Bemidji Pioneer quotes Paap saying that agricultural interests have to do a better promotion job, so they can be at the table when the decisions are made.

“We need to do a better job to have our consumers help understand what we do as farmers, as ranchers,” said Paap. “There’s another generation removed from the farm. And by being removed as a generation, they don’t understand.”

He told the group: “We need to continue to go down that road and educate the consumers about who we are — help put a face on agriculture. If they don’t understand us, don’t know where their food comes from …”

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