2020 Minnesota Holstein Association Resolutions March 6, 2020
Resolution 1: Water Quality Whereas, several watersheds throughout the state of Minnesota have been classified as impaired waters, and;
Whereas, Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) are being used as a measure to improve water quality in those watersheds,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports being proactive in the legislative process and in implementing agricultural best management practices to reduce non-point source pollution.
Resolution 2: Beef Checkoff Whereas, consumers continue to be concerned about quality milk, beef, and animal food products, and;
Whereas, the Minnesota Holstein Association continues to be concerned about producing quality milk, beef, and animal food products,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the educational and informational programs of quality assurance for production of milk, beef, and animal food production, and;
Be it further resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the Minnesota Beef Council programs and its educational efforts currently being promoted with regard to dairy beef quality assurance programs.
Resolution 3: University of Minnesota Extension Whereas, the University of Minnesota’s several experiment stations impact the economy of Minnesota through education and state of the art research programs and the dissemination of information in the vital out-reach programs of the University of Minnesota Extension Services,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports adequate funding of the university by the legislature of buildings and programs that will further the missions of the University of Minnesota Experiment Stations, University of Minnesota Extension, and 4-H and Youth Programs.
Resolution 4: Humane Treatment of Animals through Research and Teaching Whereas, the animals used in laboratory research and teaching are humanely treated, and;
Whereas, we recognize that the use of animals in biomedical, veterinary medical and animal production enhances positively the welfare of humanity,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the University of Minnesota and other research facilities in the humane use of animals for research and teaching.
Resolution 5: Animal Husbandry Practices Whereas, the Minnesota Holstein Association fully recognizes the importance of sound animal husbandry practices, and that all animal agriculture producers depend on healthy animals for their livelihoods, and;
Whereas, we realize the importance of consumer concerns with regard to the care of animals for food or other use, and;
Whereas, the animal rights activists are mis- or uninformed of our husbandry practices and the economic value that animal agriculture contributes statewide and nationally, and;
Whereas, we express the need to be pro-active in education of the general public with regard to animal agriculture,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association encourage all Minnesota dairy producers to continue to support responsible animal care.
Resolution 6: Dairy Check-Off Programs and Midwest Dairy Whereas, promotion and increasing the demand of dairy products is essential to the economy of the dairy farmer, and;
Whereas, access to dairy products to our youth is essential for good nutrition and good dental health,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the dairy check-off program and its continuance, and;
Be it further resolved, that Minnesota Holstein Association supports efforts of the Midwest Dairy and local dairy groups to encourage placement of plastic milk bottle vending machines, inclusion of bulk milk dispensing, and continuation of a flavored milk option in schools and to support the development of school wellness nutrition programs in all public and private schools. Be it resolved that the Midwest Dairy surveys all school districts within their trade area and continue to expand towards the goal of 100% availability.
Resolution 7: Holstein Foundation Programs Whereas, the Holstein Foundation relies on a large network of youth and adult leaders from all areas of expertise to carry out their programs,
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the efforts of the Holstein Foundation in training, educating and encouraging the young people interested in the dairy industry in a diversified manner, and;
Be it further resolved that knowing the future of the Minnesota dairy industry will depend on the abilities of the future leaders, the Minnesota Holstein Association and its members take a leadership position towards helping promote the Holstein Foundation programs.
Resolution 8: Import Inspection Whereas, imported dairy products are not inspected as stringently as are U.S. dairy products; and;
Whereas, an inadequate inspection system may constitute a bio-security risk,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports federal legislation to increase inspection of imports and to ensure that imported products adhere to the same regulations as U.S. products.
Resolution 9: Feedlot Permits Whereas, some townships, with county regulations, have their own zoning ordinances on feedlot permits that would supersede county and state,
Therefore, be it resolved that Minnesota Holstein Association supports keeping feedlot permits at a county level.
Resolution 10: Board of Animal Health Whereas, the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and it’s continued efforts to eradicate and control numerous domestic animal diseases in the state. It is the Association’s position to enhance the Board’s ability to conduct disease prevention, surveillance, control and eradication activities, and;
Whereas, the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the Board’s active role in control programs, such as Johne’s disease. This program has assisted numerous cattle producers in Minnesota in reducing the presence of the disease in their herds and ultimately increasing profits. Minnesota continues to lead the nation in Johne’s disease control and has served as a model for other states and countries, and;
Whereas, just as these programs are key to the future of the cattle industry in Minnesota, the Board oversees numerous control and eradication programs for other livestock species,
Therefore, be it resolved the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the efforts of the Board to continue eradication programs and cost share funding for Johne’s programs and commend them for aggressively addressing the issue and acting as a model to the nation.
Resolution 11: Urban Sprawl and Nuisance Suits Whereas, urban sprawl has become prohibitive to agricultural growth,
Therefore, be it resolved that Minnesota Holstein Association supports legislation to protect farmers from nuisance suits brought by persons moving into close proximity to an existing farming operation and from existing neighbors. Those parties, i.e. individuals, groups, and units of government that initiate litigation be financially responsible for costs incurred in the event that these parties lose the suit.
Resolution 12: Dairy Exhibitions Be it resolved the Minnesota Holstein Association recognizes and supports programs of animal agriculture education as a part of agricultural exhibitions: most specifically the Minnesota State Fair, State Show, and Minnesota’s county fairs. We also support ethical show ring practices and enforcement of ethical rules by show management.
Resolution 13: Minnesota State Fair and the Start of School Whereas, the Minnesota State Fair is a world-renowned event, and is unparalleled in providing educational opportunities for all people, and;
Whereas, allowing schools to open prior to Labor Day would unintentionally create a significant negative impact on the educational, employment and economical opportunities provided by the Minnesota State Fair,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association urge all lawmakers to support legislation requiring all Minnesota state schools to open no earlier than Labor Day.
Resolution 14: “Loss Leader” Fluid Milk Law Be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports termination of the “loss-leader” fluid milk law and any costs incurred by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture associated with regulating or enforcing of this law.
Resolution 15: Investment Grants and Programs Be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports full funding for the Livestock Investment Grants and Dairy Development and Profitability Enhancement Program for farmers upgrading their animal agriculture facilities.
Resolution 16: Midwest Dairy Promotions Be it resolved, Minnesota Holstein Association strongly encourages Midwest Dairy to use and promote the Real Seal in conjunction with the Undeniably Dairy Campaign, Fuel Up to Play 60 and all Midwest Dairy Promotions involving dairy products.
Resolution 17: Youth Livestock Projects Whereas, development of youth with livestock projects evolves in 4-H, FFA and Holstein shows, and;
Whereas, positive learning experiences in the show ring enhance youth development, and;
Whereas, project requirements vary from organization to organization,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association support the meeting of 4-H, FFA and Minnesota Holstein to:
Resolution 18: Animal Disease Traceability Infrastructure Whereas, Minnesota’s livestock industry is vulnerable to infectious diseases that affect its ability to participate freely in national and international trade and increase cost of livestock commerce, and
Whereas, the USDA has struggled in the recent years to establish an effective and cost-effective animal disease traceability system, and
Whereas, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health is the state’s first-responder to livestock disease that affect livestock commerce and continuity of business,
Be it resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the USDA and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to continue to improve, state-led animal disease traceability infrastructure that safeguard Minnesota’s livestock industry while protecting the privacy and business concerns of livestock producers. The Minnesota Holstein Association strongly recommends to mandatory apply a tamperproof ear tag for male and female animals for all livestock species from birth to death being carried at all times.
Resolution 19: Consumer Education of Food Production Practices Whereas, USDA and FDA continues to monitor safe food production and new technologies, and;
Whereas, dairy producers utilize approved modern technologies in the production of food, and;
Whereas, consumer education about the safe food production continues to be a challenge,
Therefore, be it resolved that MHA supports continued consumer education of food production as approved by the USDA and FDA, and;
Be it further resolved that MHA support dairy producers options to use approved technologies in their dairy herd management.
Resolution 20: Animal and Producer Support Organizations Whereas, animal agriculture is being portrayed in a negative light by activist groups, and;
Whereas, labeling practices are confusing customers about the health and safety of dairy products,
Be it resolved that Minnesota Holstein support efforts to protect a farmer’s right to farm without unreasonable restrictions, regulations or harassment, and;
Be it further resolved that MHA opposes legislation or regulations which restrict or prohibit accepted livestock and poultry husbandry practices.
Resolution 21: Dairy Research Station Whereas, University of Minnesota research has been a building block for production agriculture in the State; and
Whereas, the creation of a Dairy Research, Teach and Consumer Education Center through the cooperation of the University of Minnesota and the dairy industry would enhance research capabilities to foster improved productivities and profitability for Minnesota dairies; and
Whereas, such a center would prepare the next generation of dairy operators for business success using environmentally sound practices, improved animal care and enhanced product quality and use; and
Whereas, such a center would provide a means to inform consumers of the health benefits of current and newly developed dairy products,
Therefore, be it resolved that Minnesota Holstein supports the establishment of a Dairy Research Teaching and Consumer Education Center at the University of Minnesota, and;
Be it further resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the allocation of state bond proceeds and/or general fund appropriations (along with non-state funding contributions) to support a Dairy Research Training and Consumer Education Center within the state of Minnesota.
Resolution 22: Minnesota Ag in the Classroom Whereas, the education of youth on agriculture and dairy is crucial for the promotion and future of our industry; and
Whereas, the Minnesota Ag in the Classroom program has made a positive impact on advancing agricultural literacy across Minnesota since 1985, by telling the story of agriculture and creating opportunities for people to learn through the credible education materials and programs,
Therefore, be it resolved that Minnesota Holstein Association supports the Minnesota Ag in the Classroom program and agricultural literacy statewide.
Resolution 23: Agriculture and the Minnesota State Fair Whereas, the Minnesota State Fair annually attracts over one million visitors/consumers of agricultural production and serves as Minnesota’s picture showcase of animal management and serves as an agriculture education venue and for many serves as the only exposure with livestock; and
Whereas, the fairgoing audience has expectations of a safe environment while enjoying the fair
Be it resolved that MHA advocates and supports the Minnesota State Agricultural Society to strengthen its agriculture efforts and focus to continue their dedication of staff, long term major improvements, funding and consumer education through exhibits; and
Be it further resolved that the Minnesota State Agricultural Society continue to 1. Address conditions for exhibitors in livestock facilities; 2. Provide facilities for safe and quality livestock management and 3. Provide animal care facilities addressing stall/unit size for reasonable separation of livestock from fairgoing public.
Resolution 24: Minnesota Youth Dairy Showcase Whereas, the Minnesota Youth Dairy Showcase at the Minnesota State Fair recognized youth with placing of animal, knowledge and leadership annually.
Be it resolved that Minnesota Holstein Association support the continuation of the Minnesota Youth Dairy Showcase.
Resolution 25: University of Minnesota Whereas, the University of Minnesota has a distinguished record of excellence in teaching of students with interest in dairy cattle, both in the classroom and outside the classroom via the Gopher Dairy Club, intercollegiate dairy cattle judging, the North American dairy challenge; and
Whereas, students and faculty at the University of Minnesota require hands-on contact of dairy students with dairy cattle on a routine basis for effective learning; therefore,
Be it resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the continued funding of highly effective teaching programs on the St. Paul campus, including an on-campus herd of dairy cattle in an adequately-funded dairy facility.
Resolution 26: 4-H Lease Program Whereas, the 4-H program has a lease program that encourages non-dairy youth to become involved in our industry;
Whereas, this lease program requires the leasing 4-H member to show their leased animal in all shows this animal is exhibited at, including state and National Holstein shows, yet the 4-H dairy member who does not need to lease does not have the same requirement;
Whereas, many lease members have much less experience showing and could be discouraged at high levels of competition,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association encourage the 4-H dairy committee to drop the requirement of leased animals being exhibited by members to give them the same rules that the non-leased members follow without discrimination at non-youth shows.
Resolution 27: Employment Under False Pretenses Whereas, a central concern of Minnesota Holstein Association members is the health and comfort of their livestock, and
Whereas, individual producers and the dairy industry as a whole can suffer significant economic consequences from findings or even allegations of animal abuse, and
Whereas, opponent of animal agriculture may seek to gain access to farm operation under false pretenses in order to record real or staged instances of substandard animal care.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports the enactment of penalties for individuals who would gain access to animal agriculture operations under false pretenses in order to stage and record the mistreatment of animals.
Resolution 28: Truth in Labeling for Dairy Products Whereas, liquid extracted from grains, seeds, beans or leaves of various plants are being processed and marketed as “milk”; and
Whereas, these imitation dairy products are not nutritionally the same as real milk; and
Whereas, the labeling and placement of these products in the marketplace serve to confuse consumers regarding the relative benefits of these products; and
Whereas, it is a longstanding public policy to ensure that consumers receive accurate information regarding products they are purchasing for consumption.
Therefore, be it resolved that the term “milk” be reserved for foods that come from mammals.
Be it further resolved, that non-dairy products be labeled with information to ensure that the consumer understand that imitation dairy products do not contain the same nutrient value as real milk.
Resolution 29: Child Labor Law Whereas, the United State Department of labor has proposed to limit work experiences for all youth under the age of eighteen,
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association encourage positive youth experience, since hands on learning and overall life skills can be developed at an early age within the livestock and production agriculture facilities.
Resolution 31: Raw Milk Whereas, milk is an important part of a healthy diet of most Americans, and;
Whereas, milk is made safe by virtue of certain long-established processes including dairy inspections and pasteurization, and;
Whereas, current state law limits the sale of unpasteurized (raw) milk to on-farm sales, and;
Whereas, consumers will face increased health risks due to greater availability of raw milk.
Therefore, be it resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports strong dairy inspection programs and continuation of the current limitations on the sale of raw milk.
Further resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association will work with other dairy industry interests to strengthen and clarify state law to limit the availability of raw milk to on-farm sales.
Resolution 32: Immigration Whereas, the Minnesota Holstein Association understands the importance of reforming federal immigration policy for the dairy industry.
Therefore, be it resolved, that immigration reform should be handled at the Federal level and not by individual states.
Further resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports a comprehensive immigration reform plan and establishment of a guest worker program to address immediate worker needs.
Further resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports implementation of the “AG Card” and Temporary Worker Visa proposals developed by the Agriculture Workforce Coalition.
Resolution 33: Grey Wolf Status Whereas, the Gray Wolf number have improved enough to meet the qualifications to be deleted from the endangered species list.
Whereas, predation on livestock and pets is widespread
Be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association support legislation currently going through the house and senate to permanently delist the Gray Wolf in the Great Lakes region and Wyoming
Resolution 34: Tail Docking Whereas, a central concern of the Minnesota Holstein Association members is the comfort and health of their livestock.
Whereas, the animals of dairymen are kept and milked in different facilities, for the improvement, safety and work environment for owners and employees and for the cleanliness of cows. Tail docking is a well-accepted practice for decades.
Whereas, on “consumer demand” to ban the practice of tail docking thereby questions the integrity and knowledge as well as the overall ability of dairymen to take care of their cows.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Minnesota Holstein Association supports that the procedure of tail docking be left up to the individual producer.
Resolution 35: National Holstein Association: Whereas, member-run, state organizations are the grassroots of Holstein USA, and;
Whereas, state membership continues to decline, and;
Whereas, the Basic ID program was implemented to encourage new membership involvement in the Holstein Association;
Be it resolved, that the Minnesota Holstein Association recommend increasing Basic ID fees for individuals without state membership.
Resolution 36: Staff and Director Thanks Whereas, Minnesota Holstein business programs and events experienced a successful year, and;
Whereas, Minnesota Holstein human resources are the wealth of our organization,
Therefore, be it resolved that the membership of the Minnesota Holstein Association (MHA), friends and guests present express our thanks to Amanda Bedtke, business manager; Chelsey Asche, past marketing manager; and Rachel Coyne, current marketing manager; the MHA Board of Directors, committee members, volunteers and hosts who directed and assisted in the success of any aspect of the Minnesota Holstein Association, with special recognition for the production of the Midwest Holsteins News.
Resolution 37: Thanks to our Volunteers and Event Hosts Be it resolved that the members of the Minnesota Holstein Association (MHA), friends and guests present express our thanks to the hosts of the 2019 MN Holstein Field Day, the Lindahl Family; to the Hosts of the MN State Show, The Meeker County Holstein Club; and to the Rochester Area Holstein Club for hosting the 2020 All-Breeds Convention.
Resolution 38: In Respect to our departed Holstein friends Be it resolved that the convention here join in a moment of silence in respect to our departed Holstein friends.
Resolution 39: Maintaining Midwest Fall National Show at MN Whereas the exhibition of Registered Holstein dairy cattle promotes the breed, wholesome products and producers, and;
Whereas the regional availability of National qualifying shows is paramount to exhibitor participation across the nation, and;
Whereas the MN State Fair is among the Nation’s most highly attended State Fairs reaching over 2 million attendees in 12 days, and;
Whereas the Midwest Fall National show hosted by MN has always met the National Show requirements to maintain National Show status;
Be it resolved, the Minnesota Holstein Association recommends Holstein Association USA support the continuation of the Midwest Fall National show to be held at the Minnesota State Fair.
Resolution 40: Maintaining All-American Recognition on Holstein Pedigrees Whereas exhibitors from all over the country, the grassroots of Holstein USA, parade their finest cattle in the show ring February through November, and;
Whereas the All-American contest has recognized and celebrated U.S. Registered Holstein animals and their owners for exceptional performance at National Holstein Shows for 97 years, and;
Whereas the All-American contest received its highest number of entries in 2019, solidifying its value,
Be it resolved, that the Illinois Holstein Association recommends Holstein Association USA returns to and retroactively prints All-American results on pedigrees.
Resolution 41: Stray Voltage Whereas stray voltage is a significant and serious issue on MN dairy farms, and;
Whereas the testing for stray voltage that’s done by utility companies does not use accurate research;
Therefore, be it resolved MN Holstein supports the use of 125 om resistor in testing instead of 500 oms, and;
Also be it resolved that the MN Stray Voltage Guide is updated with accurate testing protocols and levels of concern so as to find and remedy the issue on farms.