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Members of the state's Farmer's Union gather at the Capital


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The state's Farmers Union met at the capitol today to discuss issues critical to agriculture and rural America with Governor Dayton.

A main issue of concern is taxes, specifically property taxes.Those in the agricultural industry want to make sure taxes are fair across the board for everyone in the state. The Farmer's Union is a grassroots organization emphasizing political fairness.

Edwin Jostock raises livestock and farms in Wabasha County. He said a farmer's income isn't always steady and money to pay taxes, comes from their animals and land. Jostock said he's worried it'll become even more difficult for livestock producers to make a living.

"High grain prices are good, but we're also going to need good pork prices, and beef prices to carry that load of the inputs on the grain that go into the livestock," explained Jostock.

A farmer's union spokesperson told us as grain and dairy prices fluctuate, it's the increased taxes that seem strain the farmers the most.

"The local school districts in the rural communities have been hit very hard. As they're losing population in the school districts and the state funding has hurt them a lot harder, which has put a burden on the local property tax owner," said the union's vice president, Gary Wertish.

Overall farmers said they're impressed with Governor Dayton's response to agricultural issues in the short time he has been in office.


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