As Americans celebrate the 52nd annual Earth Day today, Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) recognizes its members who work tirelessly to protect the environment and leave their land better for the next generation.
MFU Vice President Anne Schwagerl serves on Gov. Walz’s Advisory Council on Climate Change and is a leader in the state’s Perennial Promise Cooperative, a cooperative of Kernza® growers. Kernza® is a perennial grain that can be substituted for wheat in baked goods and beer and used as a whole grain like barley or rice. MFU member Hannah Bernhardt, who farms near Finlayson, serves on the National Farmers Union Climate Change Policy Advisory Panel. Other members have testified in support of drought assistance, which is vital to keeping livestock on the land and supporting specialty crop producers who bring plant diversity to the landscape.
Other initiatives MFU is supporting in the climate arena this legislative session include:
These initiatives are being supported because the grassroots MFU membership elevated the issue of climate. Members adopted a special order of business at their 2021 convention calling for action on climate change and for the state and federal government to support farmer-led efforts to protect the planet.
Members called for:
“As a farmer that is deeply committed to leaving my farm better for future generations, Earth Day is every day on our farm,” Schwagerl said. “From soil health and conservation education to economic viability and new markets for climate-friendly products, we all need to work together to make our farms more sustainable for generations to come.”