Tricounty News

Agriculture and Veterans Finance Bill signed into law



 On Saturday, May 16 Governor Pawlenty signed the agriculture and veterans finance bill that the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate passed earlier in the week. This bill provides funding for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) for the next biennium beginning July 1. Although, the bill cuts the MDA's budget by approximately 7 percent, the cuts will not significantly impact MDA's important food safety, animal health and environmental protection services.

"We are pleased that the Agriculture and Veterans Finance bill is now law," said Minnesota Farm Bureau President Kevin Paap. "A legislative priority for Farm Bureau during the 2009 Minnesota legislative session was to ensure that funding for the food safety, animal health and environmental protection services the Minnesota Department of Agriculture provides for Minnesota farmers and all Minnesotans was not significantly reduced. This legislation accomplishes that."

"We want to thank Governor Pawlenty, members of the agricultural committees in both the House and Senate and legislative leadership for passing, on a bipartisan basis, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's budget for the future," said Paap. "This was a very difficult session for the Governor and legislators as they grappled with the state's budget deficit. Given the current budget situation, Farm Bureau is pleased with the outcome for the Minnesota farmers."

Minnesota Farm Bureau is comprised of 78 local Farm Bureau associations across Minnesota. Members make their views known to political leaders, state government officials, special interest groups and the general public. Programs for young farmers and ranchers develop leadership skills and improve farm management. Promotion and Education Committee members work with programs such as Ag in the Classroom and safety education for children. Join Farm Bureau today and support our efforts to serve as an advocate for rural Minnesota, www.fbmn.org.