Legislative language that restricts the rule-making authority of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is advancing in multiple bills. If passed, it would prohibit implementation of the nitrogen fertilizer rule without approval from the Legislature. Agriculture Department Director of Legislative Affairs Whitney Place testified before the House Ag Finance Committee, saying the Dayton Administration is strongly opposed to this action.
Place also outlined a revised timeline for the controversial rule. “Due to the governor’s expedited review, the actual rule will be released April 24 and will be published to the state register April 30 for official public comment. Because of this review process, we will be able to accommodate requests for an extended comment period for 60 days.”