NeFU President Hansen Re-elected NFU Treasurer
12 Nebraskans Attend NFU 14th Anniversary Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Hansen 402-476-8815 Office or 402-580-8815 Cell
Lincoln, NE – Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) President John Hansen was re-elected National Farmers Union (NFU) Treasurer by the NFU Board of Directors at the 114th Annual National Farmers Union Convention held March 5-8 in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Radisson Blu hotel on the Mall of America.
12 NeFU members attended the NFU Convention. NeFU President John Hansen said: “The hotel was attached to the Mall of America, so in addition to the excellent local tours, attendees enjoyed their convention free times. The speakers and program were excellent. As always, when our conventions are in driving distance of our members, they attend. Our grassroots driven organization is always well served when more of our members can attend.”
The NFU Convention delegates from Nebraska were: Merlin Friesen, Filley; Gus Von Roenn, Omaha; Vern Jantzen, Plymouth; Graham Christensen, Lyons; and NeFU President John Hansen.
Other members attending were Stan Brown and Jeremiah Picard, Lincoln; Paul Poppe, Scribner; John & Mardelle Goeller, Pilger; Jeff Downing, Elkhorn, and Ben Gotschall of Raymond.
NFU Convention highlights included a keynote address from United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack; Four Star General Wesley Clark; Minnesota’s U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken; and Governor Mark Dayton. When Minnesota Department of Agriculture Director and former NFU President Dave Frederickson was introduced, he received a standing ovation.
In addition to updating NFU’s policy, the 136 delegates adopted 10 Special Orders of Business:
- Family Farming and Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL)
- Family Farming and Trade Policy
- Family Farming and Cotton
- Family Farming and the Current Farm Bill
- Family Farming and ARC-County Payments
- Family Farming and Animal Disease Protection and Research
- Family Farming and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
- Family Farming and Future Farm Bills
- Family Farming and Leading the Way on Climate Change
- Resolution Establishing an NFU Dairy Price Committee & Campaign
Full text of the adopted policy manual will be available soon at www.nfu.org.
The 2017 National Farmers Union Convention will be held at Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in San Diego, California March 5-8, 2017.
Nebraska Farmers Union is a general farm organization with 4,000 farm and ranch family members dedicated to protecting and enhancing the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers and ranchers, and their rural communities. Since 1913, Nebraska Farmers Union has helped organize over 445 cooperatives.