The Minnesota House passed the omnibus agriculture policy bill with a vote of 81-49 Wednesday afternoon. Included in the bill is language allowing larger cities to create their own pesticide regulation system. Lawmakers debated an amendment to remove the language, but the amendment failed. Representative Paul Anderson says it’s a slippery slope to let cities develop their own criteria to regulate pesticides. Also included in the bill is language allowing farmers to apply more than once for a low-interest loan for expansion. The bill also changes the definition of hemp to match the federal definition, as outlined in the new farm bill. Now, the agriculture policy bill will be reviewed in conference committee.
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