National Ag Day Rally in St. Paul, March 16

A chance to remind Minnesotans about the importance of farming

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The grassroots membership of Minnesota’s commodity farm organizations will join host Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation at the Minnesota capital building in Saint Paul on Tuesday, March 16, in celebration of National Ag Day.

“National Agriculture Day is a time to showcase the positive impact agriculture has on Minnesota and show a united front of agriculture,” said Chris Radatz, public policy director for Minnesota Farm Bureau.  “Nearly 200 Farm Bureau members from across the state will be at the State Capitol to meet with legislators and help celebrate National Agriculture Week. This event is open to anyone involved in agriculture.”

Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Gene Hugoson and Rep. Al Juhnke (DFL-Willmar), the Minnesota House Agriculture committee chair will be among the dignitaries to address the gathering in the Capitol Rotunda, which starts at 11:45 a.m. and which will conclude within an hour.

“We encourage farmers who know they will attend the rally to schedule meetings with their home district legislators, either before or after the rally,” said DeVonna Zeug, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and a farmer in Walnut Grove. She said, “Combining the event with a hill visit is a great way to maximize our impact and ensure those lawmakers make good decisions when it comes to policies that impact farming.”

As part of the day’s activities, the winners of the Siehl Prize for Excellence in Agriculture will also be awarded during the Ag Rally by the University of Minnesota. The Siehl Award recognizes living individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the production of food and alleviation of hunger in three separate categories: production, agribusiness, and knowledge. Each winner or “laureate” receives a monetary award of $50,000 and a beautiful granite and glass sculpture.

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