Delegates to the Minnesota Corn Growers Association focused on policy priorities Tuesday. The nitrogen fertilizer rule, a buffer tax credit and tax conformity are all on the MCGA legislative agenda. State Representative Paul Torkelson, who is a Republican from St. Peter, describes this as the honeymoon period for the new governor and new DFL majority in the House. As the minority lead of the transportation finance committee, Torkelson is looking at transportation funding. “There’s going to be a lot of talk about a gas tax, but I hope the conversation goes beyond that.” Agriculture groups are seeking a tax incentive for the land devoted to buffers. Torkelson is hesitant to support the proposal in its current form. “I honestly think it needs more work honestly. It is a very complex landscape with some buffers in for many years and others put in recently. The current plan is too simplistic and I think we need to spend more time on it to be more realistic.”
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