ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Legislature’s agriculture budget bills have taken the next step to passage.
With the full House and Senate passing their respective bills, each chamber announced conferees to hammer out the final version. The conferees are:
“The conference committees are up against the challenge of crafting a budget in a divided government, but I’m hopeful that the agriculture conferees will find plenty to agree on,” Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) President Gary Wertish said. “Agriculture traditionally has bipartisan support and is the backbone of our state’s economy, despite taking up a relatively small portion of the state budget.
“On behalf of our members, I’d like to congratulate Chairs Sundin and Westrom on their leadership of the committee and thank each of the conferees for serving. We encourage them to find common ground across partisan divides and support family farm priorities in their work.”
Both the House and Senate versions of the agriculture omnibus address MFU priorities, including:
In the Senate bill, authored by Chair Westrom, MFU is glad to see investments in:
In the House bill, authored by Chair Sundin, MFU strongly supports:
The Legislature adjourns on midnight on May 17. A state budget needs to be approved by June 30 to avoid a government shutdown.