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Renewable Fuels, Origin of Food are Focus of 2007 Farm Convention

March 2, 2007

Renewable fuels, a new farm bill and "country of origin" food labels are on the agenda of the National Farmers Union annual convention, which gets underway today in Orlando.

Minnesota delegate Doug Peterson says discussing agriculture products for energy will be a priority, because of the growing demand for locally produced renewable fuels.

"You'll see support for wind energy coming from this convention. You will see support urging Congress to do cellulostic ethanol and also support that renewable fuels direction."

Peterson says another issue on the convention agenda is for "country of origin" labeling of food products, which tells consumers where they were produced.

"For most consumers, this is an issue of quality and of national security. We need to have our food produced for our citizens by U.S. farmers."

Peterson adds a primary focus of the convention will be how to make farming profitable for individual and family producers.

"We're going to talk about good farm policy that delivers price for farmers at the farm gate. We're going to talk about dairy programs. We believe that farmers of this country need to have a price and a profit to deliver to consumers a product that is uncomparable to any other place."

Convention speakers today include U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minnesota Representative Colin Peterson, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.

More online at Rep. Pelosi's keynote address is at 7:15 p.m. EST, Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, Orlando Convention Banquet Hall.

Jim Wishner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MN