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GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

The Industrial Commission approved a $100 million low-interest loan for Project Tundra, Minnkota Power Cooperative's ambitious $1.45 billion carbon capture venture.
State spill investigation manager Bill Suess told Forum News Service the recent heavy rain and snowfall means the river is running fast and at a high volume, so the fertilizer will likely dilute in the water.
“One area where this bill fell short is it does not have more funding for E15 fuel infrastructure,” Anderson said.
U.S. Sen. Tina Smith on Wednesday, April 20, met with state agriculture group leaders to talk about provisions that should be included in the next federal Farm Bill.

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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 Willmar City Council approved an early access agreement with Nexyst 360, an agricultural distribution company that wants to purchase 137 acres in the Willmar Industrial Park. The agreement would allow Nexyst 360 to begin developer activities such as surveys, environmental assessments and soil investigations prior to any land sale being completed.
During a break in the Minnesota Legislative session, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said he had hoped to have a drought relief package passed before the break. Gov. Tim Walz first proposed a drought relief package last fall, primarily to help the livestock and specialty crop sectors but still no checks have been issued.
The move represents the administration's latest attempt to tamp down inflation, which hit a new 40-year high on Tuesday.
To date, the avian influenza has been detected in 21 Minnesota flocks, affecting 1 million birds.
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.

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U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson speaks with Forum News Service about his bipartisan act to unfetter clogged ports that have led to supply chain dilemmas for South Dakotans, from a dairy near the Minnesota border to a children's bicycle manufacturer in Rapid City.
The Environmental Protection agency says it relies on information from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and had used outdated information about the eastern massasauga rattlesnake on decisions about Enlist Duo in Minnesota.
The U.S. Supreme Court at its March 25 conference agreed to hear a case brought by the National Pork Producers Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation against California’s Proposition 12, which bans the sale of pork from hogs born to sows that weren’t raised according to the state’s “arbitrary” production standards.

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