The Minnesota House Agriculture and Food Finance and Policy committee began its budget discussions for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen gave his testimony, starting with the mission of the agriculture department: enhancing Minnesotans’ quality of life and ensuring the integrity of the food supply. Along with covering base funding, Petersen told lawmakers there are some areas that remain unfunded including the noxious weed invasive grant. “Some of the money we’ve used to fight Palmer amaranth does not have base funding,” says Petersen. “Also, industrial hemp.”
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