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FMSNA signed on to a letter of support for Northfield pastor Todd Lippert (District 20B) to be appointed as Chair of the Minnesota House Agriculture Committee. The environmental quality of agricultural land directly impacts SNAs nearby.

Representative Melissa Hortman
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

463 State Office Building
St. Paul, MN 55155

November 13, 2020

Speaker Hortman,

Thank you for your strong commitment to Minnesotans and our environment throughout your years of public service. We are looking forward to continuing to work together to ensure all Minnesotans and our air, water, land, and climate thrive.

We are writing to express our support for Rep. Todd Lippert to be appointed as Chair of the House Agriculture Committee.

Representative Lippert has clearly demonstrated his commitment to strengthening and stewarding our environment through agriculture, investing in rural communities and our farm and food system, and advancing environmental, racial, and economic justice.

Rep. Lippert has been and will continue to be a champion for:

●  Agricultural solutions to the climate crisis, as demonstrated by his work within the House Climate Action Caucus.

●  Pollinators and pollinator habitat.

●  Building soil health, expanding continuous living cover, and cleaning our water.

●  Economic justice for farmers and farm and food system workers.

●  Land access for beginning farmers, particularly BIPOC Minnesotans.

●  Intentionally advancing racial, economic, and environmental justice in each bill he works on.

●  Providing immediate and transformational solutions to farmers in financial crisis.


Appointing Rep. Lippert as the chair of the Agricultural Committee would be a strong signal to Minnesotans, particularly rural Minnesotans and farmers, that the Minnesota House Majority is fighting for our climate, land, water, and air, racial and economic justice, and a Minnesota where all people thrive.


cc: Majority Leader Ryan Winkler

Alliance for Sustainability
Audubon Minnesota
Bear River Farm
Cannon River Watershed Partnership

Central Minnesota Young Farmers Coalition

Clean Up our River Environment (CURE)

Clean Water Action Minnesota
Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy Cooperative Energy Futures
Communities Organizing Latinx Power and Action (COPAL)

Communications Workers of America - MN State Council

Duluth Pesticide Action Network of North America
Environment Minnesota
Environmental Working Group

Fair Haven Farm
Friends of the Boundary Waters
Friends of the Mississippi
Friends of MN Scientific and Natural Areas
Get Bentz Farm
Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) Honor the Earth
Humane Society of the United States
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) ISAIAH
Izaak Walton League - Minnesota Division
Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance
Land Stewardship Project
Land Stewardship Action Fund
Lutheran Advocacy-MN

Mighty Axe Hops
Minnesota 350 Action
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy

Minnesota Environmental Partnership

Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light (MN-IPL)

Minnesota Well Owners Organization
Northfield MN Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby

Peace Church Climate Justice Team

Pollinator Friendly Alliance
Pollinate Minnesota
Renew the Countryside
Rockwood Ranch
Sierra Club North Star Chapter
Sogn Valley Farm
Solar United Neighbors
Spring Wind Farm
TakeAction Minnesota

The Food Group
Waxwing Farm
Winona Climate Action Network

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