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MINNESOTA LEGISLATURE

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Aric Putnam was elected to his second term in the Minnesota Senate in the November general election, which saw the Democratic Farmer and Labor Party flip enough Senate seats from red to blue that the party now controls both houses of the Legislature and saw Gov. Tim Walz win a second term. Putnam will chair the Senate Agriculture Committee
“One area where this bill fell short is it does not have more funding for E15 fuel infrastructure,” Anderson said.
Minnesota lawmakers met for the first time on Tuesday to start bridging gaps between plans approved by the House and Senate that could send out grants and loans to farmers and ranchers.
The proposal is not final, it will now come before a panel of House and Senate members to iron out differences before it could come up for another vote.
The funding specifically for deer farmers raised concerns at the Capitol and threatened to slow the relief package's movement through the Legislature.
Shannon Schlecht, executive director of the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, told a Minnesota legislative committee on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, that AURI needs $2 million for construction in Waseca.

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A proposal to send aid to farmers and ranchers and to provide money to plant trees and seedlings after historically dry conditions in 2021 picked up bipartisan support.
Efforts to quickly send out grants and loans come months after Minnesota faced historic drought conditions.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is asking for $5 million to set up an indemnity fund for grain elevators as a way to make sure farmers gets paid for grain sales should an elevator become insolvent, like the Ashby Farmers Elevator after its manager defrauded the co-op members.

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