Farmers meet to take on issues


November 3, 2023

Sandy Dugan

Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Peterson (foreground, right) and Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish (foreground, left) meet with regional farmers Monday, where the topic of drought relief was top of mind for area producers.

Sandy Dugan

For the Pine Knot News

Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Thom Peterson spent a couple of hours Monday, Oct. 30, listening to two dozen area farmers at the Route 61 Lounge and Bowling restaurant in Moose Lake. The main topic was this summer's continuing drought, with side issues on the lack of processing capacity, overconsolidation of operations, and problems with data management.

The gathering, hosted by Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, included farmers with small and mid-sized operations in Carlton, Pine, and Aitkin counties. Also attending were Minnesot...

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