Michigan Farmers Rally in Support of Tudor Dixon, Citing Negative Impact of Current Bureaucracy & Lack of Leadership Support

September 20, 2022

Alto, Michigan—Republican Gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon was joined yesterday by Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski, Tom Oesch and the broader Oesch family, Representative Julie Alexander, Senator Roger Victory, and a crowd of Michigan farmers for a rally, informal meet and greet, and listening session. During the events, which took place at Swisslane Dairy Farm, Dixon discussed her agenda to slash regulation, upscale the workforce, and make Michigan a business friendly state.

"As I travel the state and meet with farmers, producers, and processors, the feedback is universal: regulation and the regulatory agencies are a hindrance to growth," said Tudor Dixon, Michigan Gubernatorial candidate. “As the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, we need to be a champion for our farmers and producers. It’s why I have committed to partnering with Farm Bureau because their success is critical to Michigan’s future. Now is the time to send a clear message that Michigan is open for business, and when I am elected, we will."

Members of the Farm Bureau vocalized their full support for Dixon's campaign, offering words of encouragement and stories of how the current leaders and policies are hindering their ability to grow and thrive in the state.

“Michigan Farm Bureau is proud to support Tudor Dixon as our state’s next governor,” said Michigan Farm Bureau President Bednarski, a Tuscola County sugarbeet grower, noting Dixon’s policy positions on key agricultural issues — namely burdensome regulations — are based on first-hand, real-world experience in manufacturing. “Under her leadership, and in collaboration with legislative and state agency partners, there’s potential to create an environment where farms and agribusinesses can spend more time and resources investing and contributing economically to their communities, instead of fighting unnecessary and overly burdensome regulations.”

The roundtable consisted of 14 individuals representing a variety of commodities within the agricultural industry. Each of them provided their perspective on the critical opportunities and concerns they are facing in Michigan.

“We’ve been milking cows here in the state for 100 years and we are fundamentally a values based business that tries to do everything the right way," said Tom Oesch, owner of Swisslane Dairy Farm. "The current administration and regulatory agencies are making it difficult for us to make progress. We're just asking for a spirit of cooperation with our regulators and we feel like we’ve lost that and need to get back to it."

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