Five candidates for Minnesota’s U.S. Senate seat, including incumbent Sen. Al Franken, are laying out their ideas for helping farmers at the annual FarmFest trade show. Wednesday’s panel was Franken’s first appearance with his challengers, and the last until after Republican voters choose their candidate in next Tuesday’s primary.
Five Minnesota candidates for governor have gathered at the annual FarmFest trade show, where they say they’d help farmers by promoting trade and easing environmental regulations. The candidates Tuesday included four Republicans who square off in a primary next week.
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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.