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Kensington farmer among group flying to nation's capital this week

Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) members are flying to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with Minnesota senators, representatives and their staff about key agricultural issues.

A local Douglas County resident, Marvin Jensen of Kensington, will be part of the group.

The following MFU staff will also be in attendance: Doug Peterson, MFU president; Gary Wertish, MFU vice president; Thom Petersen, MFU government relations director; Katie Fitzsimmons, MFU director of communications; and Dori Klein, MFU field representative from Zumbro Falls.

The group will discuss the next farm bill, energy and the energy title of the next farm bill, fair trade with Cuba, fiscally responsible taxation, the dairy crisis, and ideas for ways to ensure a competitive marketplace.

The attendees will also go to briefings with officials from the United States Department of Agriculture, as well as the White House and Senate and House of Representatives Agriculture Committees.