Minnesota AgriGrowth Concludes Legislative Luncheon Series with Session Wrap-up Panel
Saint Paul — Minnesota AgriGrowth concluded its Legislative Luncheon series this week with a Session Wrap-up luncheon featured a panel discussion with some of Minnesota’s leading agriculture policy makers. Attendees enjoyed an in-depth discussion of the legislative accomplishments and the opportunity to ask legislators questions.
The panel was made up of Representative Rod Hamilton, Representative Jean Poppe, Senator Bill Weber and Senator Kent Eken. The panelists discussed many topics that effect Greater Minnesota, including property tax relief, regulatory reform, the state of the higher education, senior citizen care, and workforce needs. Senator Eken mentioned his work on the rural-focused committees, “Agricultural committees are the most bipartisan committees and the rest of the legislature should follow suit.” Representative Hamilton echoed that sentiment on the relationship in agriculture: “We disagree at times, but we are friends and we will be reasonable about disagreements.”
AgriGrowth Executive Director Perry Aasness commented to a sellout crowd, “While the 2017 legislative session has had a number of twists and turns along the way, overall this will turn out to be a very successful session for Minnesota’s agriculture sector,” Aasness continued, “AgriGrowth appreciates the efforts of legislators in both the House and Senate who worked on issues important to Minnesota agriculture, including property tax relief for farms and businesses, transportation funding, regulatory reform, and to fund the important work of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Board of Animal Health.”
Senator Bill Weber, Chairman of the Senate Agriculture committee echoed a common theme from the bipartisan panel, “At the end of the day we came up with a bill that everyone could support, certainly looking at it from a policy standpoint we accomplished a number of things.” Senator Weber also added, “I want to thank AgriGrowth and its members for the support they gave us.” Representative Jean Poppe, ranking DFL Member of the House Agriculture Committee, was similarly proud of the bipartisan work accomplished during the session, “I think we had a lot of good success, a lot of great things that came over,” Rep. Poppe concluded, “Compromise is a part of the process. We need to ask ourselves what is best for Minnesotans.”
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.