Minnesota Farm Bureau Thanks Legislators and Governor Dayton

“Farm Bureau thanks the chairs and members of the Minnesota House and the Minnesota Senate agriculture committees, Governor Dayton and his staff, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Commissioner Dave Frederickson and his staff, and all Minnesota legislators for addressing agricultural issues in a bi-partisan and positive manner,” said Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap.

The Agricultural Omnibus Bill was passed in the final days of the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session, and Governor Dayton signed it on May 30.

Farm Bureau supported issues impacting agriculture that were passed by the legislature in this bill and signed into law by the Governor include:
-Establishment of a pollinator habitat and research account
-Clarified verification of need for licensed commercial, non-commercial and certified private crop protectant applicators
-Compensation for crop or fence damage caused by elk
-Increased funding for the industrial hemp program
-Funding for several urban agriculture programs
-Increased funding for noxious weeds and invasive species
“We will continue to work with legislators and the Governor’s administration as the recently passed legislation is implemented,” said Paap. “We look forward to working with policymakers as we face the opportunities and challenges of the future.”