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Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap tells Beltrami County Farm Bureau members last week that farmers need to promote their way of life to consumers, many of which don't know where their food comes from. Pioneer Photo/Brad Swenson

Paap: Rural Minnesota needs to be at the table

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As lawmakers make tough decisions on a projected $5.8 billion state budget deficit, rural Minnesota needs to be at the table, says the head of the state's largest organization representing farmers and ranchers.

"We are broke as a state," Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap said Thursday night at the Beltrami County Farm Bureau's annual meeting.

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