Statement from Minnesota AgriGrowth Council regarding Special Session legislation
St. Paul – The Minnesota legislature finished a Special Session early this morning to complete work on the state’s FY 2016-17 budget, passing bonding and Legacy Funding legislation and three budget bills that were vetoed by Governor Dayton at the conclusion of the regular session in May, including the Omnibus Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources Bill.
The following is a statement regarding that legislation from Minnesota AgriGrowth Council Executive Director Perry Aasness:
“AgriGrowth’s members, who represent Minnesota’s vibrant and diverse food and agricultural community, are pleased the Governor and legislature were able to come together to complete this important work.
“The agriculture, environment, and natural resources bill contains a number of provisions important to Minnesota’s agriculture sector including critical funding for avian flu response and assistance to poultry and turkey farmers impacted by the avian flu outbreak, common sense reforms to the state’s permitting processes that will provide more certainty for Minnesota’s agriculture sector, such as the elimination of the MPCA Citizens’ Board, and compromise language regarding buffer zones.
“We’re also appreciative of provisions included in the bonding bill that will provide critical new infrastructure investments at the Willmar Poultry Lab and the University of Minnesota’s Animal Isolation Unit to be able to prepare for and respond to future poultry and animal disease outbreaks.”