During the 2019 Minnesota legislative session, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture secured $5 million in funding to help with Epitome Energy’s Soy Innovation Campus permitting process. While Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen acknowledges the permitting process can take a while, the department is trying to deliver government better. “We’re excited about this project and it is a top priority for Minnesota agriculture. State agencies are working together through a program called Business First Stop,” says Petersen. “A project like this has to work with several agencies. So, there is one person that deals with projects like this to make sure everyone is coordinating and talking with each other.
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