Action Needed! You may have heard that Cedar Summit is asking for support for Minnesota family farms that fall in the path of high voltage power lines.
The”Buy the Farm” law states that utilities must pay farmers “fair market value” for their land. Unfortunately, there is no mention of relocation expenses which would far outweigh the land value. A bill has been proposed to clarify the law and add moving/relocating expenses to the sale price.
May 20 update
Great news to you from Cedar Summit Farm in regard to our push to clarify Minnesota’s Buy the Farm legislation. Yesterday Sen. Dahle was able to bring to the Senate, HF854 (yes, the senate heard the house file, which is a great thing) with the Buy the Farm language included. The bill passed with an overwhelming 49-16 vote. We have until midnight tonight, to get the House to hear and approve their own bill, which we already know has great support.
Last week, Sen. Tomassoni, the Senate chair of the conference committee, killed the Buy the Farm language in the Ag and Energy Omnibus bill, but Sen. Dahle was dedicated and persistent in making this an important part of legislation. We cannot thank him enough. Now we need you to help to urge members of the Minnesota House to hear and pass the bill by midnight tonight. The house, which has a strongly favorable stance on the Buy the Farm bill, merely needs to hear and approve the Senate language of the bill. This shouldn’t take more than a few moments.
The finish line is near, and we are so close to victory. If you can take a few minutes to make a call or send an email, we can make this a reality. Calls seem to have more influence, and know that you are calling to leave a message with a voice mail, or with a staffer. We are working on a very short timeline, so calls will travel faster than an email. Today’s last push should put us over the hump, and help out Cedar Summit Farm and many other small family farms to gain leverage in their upcoming decision in regards to the CapX2020 project.
Thank you from all of us at Cedar Summit Farm and the Minar family. You and your support and work has helped us get this far, and today is the day to make those calls.
Take Action & Make these two calls!
1. Call or write Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Thissen at 651-296-5375 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask him to make sure House File 854, which contains “Buy the Farm” language, passes the floor.
Suggested Message: “As Speaker of the House, I urge you to make sure that House File 854 which contains the “Buy the Farm” provisions is brought up and passed before adjournment at midnight Monday. This bill restores the original intent of the “Buy the Farm”. This is about justice. Family farmers didn’t have a choice about the CapX high voltage lines cutting across their land; it was forced upon them. The provisions included in the House bill would require the energy conglomerate that is taking land from farmers and landowners as part of the CapX project to fully and promptly reimburse them for their land, relocation expenses, and lost business.”
2. Call or write your Representative in the MN House (http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/), and ask them to support and make sure that house leadership hears and passes HF854 by midnight tonight.
Suggested Message: “As a voting member of your district, I urge you to make sure that House File 854 which contains the “Buy the Farm” provisions is brought up and passed before adjournment at midnight Monday. This bill resorts the original intent of the “Buy the Farm”. This is about justice. Family farmers didn’t have a choice about the CapX high voltage lines cutting across their land; it was forced upon them. The provisions included in the House bill would require the energy conglomerate that is taking land from farmers and landowners as part of the CapX project to fully and promptly reimburse them for their land, relocation, expenses, and lost business.”
For any other questions or comments, please feel free to contact me personally.
Thank you again for your continued support.
The Minar Family
You can learn more at www.cedarsummit.com
The farmers at Cedar Summit Farm are extremely proud to be recently certified by the American Grassfed Association, the only Minnesota farm to receive such a stringent status.
As a certified organic farm and Minnesota’s only certified 100% grass-fed creamery, Cedar Summit hopes their new look helps reinforce their ongoing dedication to creating only the highest-quality and most healthful grass-fed dairy products for you and your family.
What’s the difference between “organic” and “100% grass-fed”? Cows raised on a certified organic farm are required to be pastured only 120 days a year. But at Cedar Summit Farm, they go beyond USDA Organic requirements to ensure that their herd eats perennial grasses every single day. Cedar Summit cows never eat grain, a product they believe greatly reduces the health benefits of milk. Even in winter months, all 130 cows roam freely and eat preserved grasses grown on our family farm.
We believe grass-fed not only tastes better, but it’s better for the cows, better for you, and better for the environment. To us, that’s the 100% difference! We hope you like our new look and we thank you for continuing to support our mission and our fourth-generation organic family farm!
– David Minar, Cedar Summit owner & farmer