Currently, Minnesota family farmers, businesses that support farming operations, ag industry and food companies are all experiencing various degrees of economic stress due to:
• The COVID-19 pandemic
• Our current/severe recession
• Global trade conflicts that have sharply reduced demand for MN exports of commodities and products
• Tax and regulatory policies that marginalize the competitiveness of Minnesota compared to other states
The participants in AGM are working closely with their members to ensure we understand the depth and consequences of this economic crisis, the relative influence of various causes and potential solutions that need to be advanced at the state and federal level. The various member organizations of AGM will be submitting high- priority policy proposals to the 2021 legislative session. We sincerely hope that legislators and other policymakers will thoughtfully consider these proposals as we all have a vested interest in doing what we can to help the Minnesota farm and food sector to recover and continue to grow.