It’s not an election year, but that hasn’t made Farmfest any less of a draw for politicians tending to ties with Minnesota’s agriculture community. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton was paying his visit Thursday to the giant farming exhibition in southern Minnesota.
Republican Senate candidate Kurt Bills said Wednesday he would have voted against the farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate in June, striking a major contrast with Democratic incumbent Amy Klobuchar as the two chased rural votes at an annual southwestern Minnesota agriculture trade show.
U.S. Senate candidates Amy Klobuchar and Kurt Bills will appear together publicly for the first time as opponents when they participate in an agricultural and rural issues forum at FarmFest.
Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and the two Republicans competing to challenge him appear before an audience of farmers on Tuesday.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he hopes to boost the state’s farm exports when he goes on a couple of trade missions this fall.
New University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will make his first community visit this week when he attends Farmfest in Redwood County.
Seventy-five families from around the state have been named a “2011 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota.