AgriGrowth Statement on Dayton Adminstration Communications
Saint Paul — Perry Aasness, Executive Director of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council (AgriGrowth) issued the following statement in response to communications issued on May 9th from the Dayton Administration related to provisions in the Agriculture Finance bill pending before the Legislature:
“The statement from the Dayton Administration that pesticide application provisions in the Agriculture Finance bill would ‘…give a free license on pesticide overuse,’ and ‘…attempt to overrule federal law,’ is simply false and misleading. Language included in the bill simply reaffirms long-standing requirements that farmers must adhere to federal labeling laws when applying approved pesticides.
“This type of rhetoric implying that farmers purposely or deliberately want to over apply pesticides is ridiculous and insulting to the care farmers take in the stewardship of their land. Farmers must go through a certification or licensure process to apply pesticides, a process they take very seriously and responsibly. Furthermore, it flies in the face of common sense that during the tough economic times farmers are going through right now they would want to apply any more pesticides than are absolutely necessary.
“It’s time for the Dayton Administration to stop these unproductive insinuations and begin to look for ways to help our Minnesota farmers and agribusinesses. We stand ready to work with Governor Dayton and Legislative leaders to ensure the Ag Finance bill is signed into law.”
The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization representing the agriculture and food systems industry. Formed in 1968, AgriGrowth’s strategic approach to public policy advocacy, issues management and collaboration seeks to foster long-term sustainability, competitiveness, and business growth.